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Online game shows Bills fans drop the ball on financial literacy

Buffalo Bills fans apparently rank near the bottom of all 32 NFL teams in their financial literacy skills, according to a new and unusual study by credit card brand Visa Inc.

Using results from its free, online personal finance video game called Financial Football, San Francisco-based Visa determined that Bills fans ranked 27th among the teams. That's ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams at the bottom, but well behind league-leader Tennessee Titans.

In Financial Football, which is part of Visa's Practical Money Skills for Life financial education program, players move down the field and score by correctly answering personal finance questions. The game is available in English or Spanish and can be played online or ordered for free.

Bills fans have recorded 54 wins, tied with the New York Jets. They also have 12 losses, and a total of 997 points. The Rams, at the bottom, have just 46 wins, six losses and 548 points. But the Titans have 629 wins and 25 losses, with a total of 8,964 points.

Coming in after the Titans are the Houston Texans with 600 wins, New Orleans Saints with 359, New England Patriots with 311 and Cincinnati Bengals with 220.

The game lasts until the NFL season ends Feb. 6, so "Bills fans can still catch up," said Jason Alderman, senior director of financial education at Visa.

To see the current ranking, go to www.practicalmoneyskills.com/leaderboard. To play, go to www.practicalmoneyskills.com/football.

e-mail: jepstein@buffnews.com

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