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Default Buffalo Bills' playoff drought is embarrassing

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Should the Buffalo Bills be more embarrassed about failing to make the playoffs for the past 10 seasons or failing to win a Super Bowl in 44 seasons?


That's a tough one.

I'd say failing to make the playoffs since 1999 is worse. The NFL is designed to promote parity. It is difficult to miss qualifying for the playoffs 10 years in a row. The only current such streaks belong to the Bills and Detroit Lions. That says a lot. Sad to say for football fans in both cities, it is extremely unlikely that the Bills or Lions will make the playoffs after the 2010 season.

I also give the 1964 and 1965 Bills credit for winning AFL championships. If they hadn't lost 31-7 to visiting Kansas City in the 1966 AFL title game, the Bills would've played in Super Bowl I against Green Bay and they'd probably be 0-5 in Super Bowls.

Of the 32 current NFL teams, 17 have won Super Bowls and 10 others have played in at least one Super Bowl but have yet to win one including Buffalo. So the Bills deserve more credit than Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville and New Orleans, teams that have yet to play in a Super Bowl.

Houston gets a pass because the Texans didn't join the league until 2002. Jacksonville joined in 1995 and New Orleans in 1967. Cleveland, courtesy of Art Modell, took a leave of absence from 1996 through 1998. The Saints could get off this list with a victory today over Minnesota in the NFC Championship.

The most futile teams in Super Bowl history are the Vikings and the Bills both 0-4. A victory today would give Minnesota a shot to finally win a Super Bowl.
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