Bills Facing First Blackout Since 2006

ORCHARD PARK NY - OCTOBER 03: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills walks down the tunnell to the field prior to playing the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3 2010 in Orchard Park New York. The Jets won 38-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Buffalo News is reporting that the Buffalo Bills game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend will likely be blacked out. Unless the team is granted an extension by the NFL, Buffalo needs to sell a reported 12,000 tickets by Thursday at 1PM to avoid a blackout.

Team Vice President for Communications Scott Berchtold told the News he is not optimistic the game will sell out.

The last Bills home game to not sell out was in December of 2006, as the first year of Dick Jauron's tenure was coming to a close. Despite beating Miami 21-0 and being alive in the playoff hunt, the Bills failed to sell out their final home game against the Tennessee Titans.

If the Jaguars game does not sell out, it will not look good for games hosting the Detroit Lions,Cleveland Browns, and New England Patriots.

"The rest of the games in Ralph Wilson Stadium have more than 12,000 tickets available," Berchtold said.

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