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Thad Lewis: Buffalo has cards to play in shuffled AFC East

By Tim Graham

Thad Lewis doesn't have the confidence level you'd expect from an undrafted player who has bounced around the NFL and is playing a club that hasn't made the playoffs since he was 12 years old.

The Buffalo Bills' fourth or fifth option at quarterback spoke today like a leader gunning for the AFC East championship.

"Every week is critical, but it was a division win," Lewis said of Sunday's 23-21 road victory over the Miami Dolphins. "It was important that we got that first division win because all the cards are not played yet.

"To compete in this division, you have to win in the division. That was something we wanted to and something we got done last week and hopefully we can build on that this week."

Lewis, who had one NFL start to his name before this season, has demonstrated a leading-man's charisma since taking over for the injured EJ Manuel.

"They believe in him, which I think is a very very important thing," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "I say that all the time. When you have someone at that position and the players think you can win with them, that's very important."

The Bills are 3-4, in last place by a half game to the 3-3 Miami Dolphins.

The Bills are two games behind the division-leading New England Patriots and one game behind the second-place New York Jets.

The Bills lead the AFC East in scoring, but they've also allowed the most points.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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