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Bills vs. Chargers 2014 is officially a sellout

This Sunday's Bills-Chargers tilt is officially sold out. Can a raucous Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd help the Bills win a fourth straight home game and continue the process of re-establishing home field advantage?

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It has been 13 years and counting since the Buffalo Bills have made the playoffs. It should not be surprising, then, that the Bills have not played particularly well in Ralph Wilson Stadium in that 13-year stretch.

During the team's playoff drought, the Bills are 52-54 in games played at home (not including those played north of the border in Toronto). They have managed to eke out a winning record just three times in that stretch; all three of those seasons yielded 5-3 home records, and none of them have occurred since 2004. (They really could've used one more home win that year, too.)

Buffalo was 10-14 at home in three seasons under Gregg Williams, with one winning season (5-3 in 2002). They were 9-7 under Mike Mularkey, who also guided them to a 5-3 finish in '04. The Dick Jauron (and later, Perry Fewell) years yielded a 14-16 home record for the Bills, while Chan Gailey's crews managed a 10-11 mark. Last season, the Bills were 4-3 at home in their first season under Doug Marrone.

In fact, the Bills have finished 4-3 at The Ralph in each of the last three seasons, the first time they have been above .500 at the venue for a three-year stretch since the 1998-2000 seasons, when the Wade Phillips Bills were a combined 17-7 at home in his three years on the job. Dating back to Week 11 of the 2013 season, the Bills have also now won three straight games at home - over the Jets, Dolphins, and Dolphins again, respectively - by a combined score of 85-24.

Perhaps, then, the 2-0 Bills are starting to gain back some of the home-field advantage that they enjoyed during their heyday in the '90s. They'll need every advantage they can get as a young quarterback tries to guide the Bills to their first playoff appearance this century, and that journey continues on Sunday - in front of a sellout crowd - against a very good San Diego Chargers team.