The Bills, as we all know, have the longest current playoff drought among the four major American professional sports at 16 seasons. In the coming weeks, they will face three other teams in that dubious Top 10. It starts with Sunday's game at the Rams, who are seventh on the list, having not reached the NFL playoffs in 11 straight seasons.
The Browns and Raiders are tied for third on the non-playoff streak list at 13 seasons. Neither AFC squad has made it into the playoff field since 2002. The Bills play in Oakland on Dec. 4 and host Cleveland on Dec. 18. That means four of the seven teams with the longest playoff droughts in American sports will be featured in Bills games this season. Something has to give. The Rams and Raiders are off to 3-1 starts. Maybe one of them -- or both -- will get off the schneid. Or perhaps the Bills will beat one or both of them on the way to breaking the longest streak in sports.
Here's the top 10 list of longest pro sports droughts, with total years and last season in the playoffs:
1. Buffalo Bills, 16 (1999)
2. Seattle Mariners, 15 (2001)
3. Cleveland Browns, 13 (2002)
4. Oakland Raiders, 13 (2002)
5. Miami Marlins, 13 (2003)
6. Minnesota T-Wolves, 12 (2003-04)
7. Los Angeles Rams, 11 (2004)
8. Sacramento Kings, 10 (2005-06)
9. San Diego Padres, 10 (2006)
10. Edmonton Oilers, 10 (2005-06)