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Bills In Midst Of 13-Game Losing Streak To Patriots

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Most Bills fans know that it's been a long, long time since the Buffalo Bills have beaten this week's foe, the New England Patriots. Here's some information you may not know about the losing streak:

  • The Bills have scored 113 points against the Patriots during the streak, a pitiful 8.7 points per game.
  • Conversely, the Patriots have scored 363 points, a stellar 27.9 points per game.
  • New England has shut out Buffalo twice during the streak.
  • Buffalo has been held under ten points in six games, and scored ten points three times. That means in 9 of 13 games they have not scored, scored once, or scored twice.
  • Only four times were the Bills within one score of the Patriots.
  • The worst loss, a 56-10 drubbing in 2007, came when the Bills had the highest winning percentage at the times the two teams met. Buffalo was 5-4 and on a four-game winning streak when they hosted the Pats.
  • The Bills have been held under 200 yards of total offense six times.
  • Buffalo has actually out-gained the Patriots four times during the streak.
  • The Patriots were held below two touchdowns only once, in a 13-0 game where the winds at Ralph Wilson stadium bent the goal posts.
  • New England scored at least 28 points in seven contests, and at least 20 in ten.
  • The streak is only the second-longest against one opponent in team history. The Bills infamously lost 20 straight games to the Dolphins during the 1970s.
  • The Bills have had six quarterbacks throw more than two passes during the losing streak and five start games. The Patriots have had just two.
  • Buffalo has fielded teams under three different head coaches, with Chan Gailey to be number four, while Bill Belichik has been on the Patriots' sideline since well before the streak began.
  • The Patriots have won two Super Bowls and been to a third since the streak began.
  • Losses to the Patriots have come on Saturday (No. 1), Sunday, and Monday (No. 12). Two have been in prime time.
  • The turnover margin in 13 games is -16.
  • The Bills only won the turnover battle once in 13 tries, the season opener in 2006. Three times it was even. Twice the Bills gave up four turnovers more than the Patriots.
  • New England has outgained Buffalo by 1595 yards in their last 13 meetings combined. That's almost 123 yards per game.
  • Only one Bills position player was on the active roster the last time they beat the Patriots - Chris Kelsay. Terrence McGee was inactive. Rian Lindell and Brian Moorman are the other players.