Patriots series has been cruel to Bills

November, 5, 2008
11/05/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Trends for Sunday's game in Gillette Stadium clearly do not favor the Buffalo Bills.

Patriots vs. Bills, Last 9 Games
 PatriotsBills
Wins90
PPG32.09.6

They haven't beaten the New England Patriots in nine straight tries and 14 of their past 15. One more Bills loss will match the NFL's longest active skid against a given opponent.

In their nine-game win streak over the Bills, the Patriots are averaging 32.0 points for and 9.6 points against. The Patriots won 38-7 and 56-10 last year.

Dick Jauron is the third Bills coach during this long drought. He admitted Wednesday in a conference call with Patriots reporters the trend will have a psychological impact.

Longest active streaks vs. one opponent
WinsTeamsNext Game
10Chargers over RaidersDec. 4
10Steelers over BrownsDec. 28
9Bills over BengalsTBA, 2009
9Patriots over BillsNov. 9

"I believe that the fact that they've beaten us and beaten us soundly definitely has an effect," Jauron said. "I'm sure it has an effect on them, too, in terms of their confidence in playing us. We have to deal with it.

"We've been on the losing end, and, as I pointed out, badly. So we've got to try to gain a little ground on these guys."

A single player who likely will start for Buffalo on Sunday was a starter in 2003: defensive end Ryan Denney.

The Bills' losing streak in Foxborough, Mass., dates to November 2000, and since Gillette Stadium opened two years later, the Bills never have won there.

"We know that if we don't play our best game this week, we don't have much of a chance," Jauron said. "We can't turn the ball over. We can't give up the big plays and think we can beat a team of this talent level and history. They have a history of winning."

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