Bills unable to beat winners since 1999

December, 5, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

James from Rochester, N.Y., recently dropped a note in my AFC East mailbag with a request for information on the Buffalo Bills:

Tim, I'm just curious if the brains at ESPN can do a comparison of Buffalo's win/loss record against opponents with a .500 or worse record vs. opponets with a record over .500, over, say, the past 8 years (years without making the playoffs). It would be interesting to see the disparity, given they haven't beat a team with a winning record yet this year.

We can do that, James.

Bills vs. Winning Teams
Yearvs. opponents w/winning recordvs. opponents w/even, losing record
20001-77-1
20011-62-7
20024-44-4
20030-66-4
20043-56-2
20053-52-6
20063-54-4
20071-76-2
20080-26-4
TOTAL16-4743-34

With the help of ESPN.com researcher David Bearman, we've broken down the Bills' record against opponents that went into the game with a winning record and opponents that had either even or losing records since Buffalo's playoff slump began in 2000.

The results are alarming.

The running tally against teams with winning records: 16-47. That's a success rate of .254.

The best season the Bills managed versus teams with winning records occurred in 2002, when they went 4-4. They've gone 3-5 three times.

In five of the Bills' past nine seasons, including their current campaign, they've recorded one or zero victories against winning opponents.

Buffalo is 43-34 (.558) against teams with even or losing records since its last playoff appearance.

One more note over this span: The Bills have won back-to-back games against teams with winning records a grand total of once. They pulled it off in 2004, when they beat the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks to begin a six-game winning streak under coach Mike Mularkey.

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