Opponent: Buffalo Bills

2010 record: 0-6, as they’ve lost by 5 points to Miami, 27 at Green Bay, 8 at New England, 24 to the N.Y. Jets, 10 to Jacksonville and last Sunday in OT by 3 at Baltimore.

Last year’s record: 6-10, fourth place in the AFC East.

Rookie RB C.J. Spiller (left) has made a big impact early on the Bills.

Record for the last five seasons: 32-48, with finishes in the AFC East at fourth, fourth, second, third and third.

Last appearance in the playoffs: 1999, when they lost to Tennessee 22-16; their last victory in the post-season was in 1995 when they beat Miami 37-22.

Owner: Ralph Wilson, one of the last surviving members of the “Foolish Club” that joined Lamar Hunt in forming the American Football League in 1960. A resident of Detroit, Wilson wanted to put his franchise in Miami and play at the Orange Bowl, but south Florida authorities would not let him use the stadium. That’s when he ended up in Buffalo. After serving in World War II, he returned to his home in Detroit and took over his father’s insurance business. He later purchased various other businesses and founded Ralph Wilson Industries. He also is into thoroughbred horse racing as a breeder and owner in the U.S. and France. Wilson turned 92 years young last week and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame just last year.

General Manager: Buddy Nix was named GM on New Year’s Eve last year. Nix was already with the team as a national scout. He was returning to Buffalo after seven seasons with the Chargers where he was director of player personnel and helped evaluate and draft eight Pro Bowl players and three others that joined the team as college free agents. Nix left San Diego after the ’07 season and was out of football the next year before re-joining the Bills where he worked for eight years in the 1990s.

Head coach: Chan Gailey is in his first season as head coach of the Bills, his second chance to lead an NFL team. Gailey was head coach of the Cowboys in 1998-99 and led Dallas to an 18-16 record and spots in the playoffs each year. Of course, he was the Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2008 for Herm Edwards and was retained by the new regime, before he was fired by Todd Haley just 10 days before the regular season opener in ’09. Before his short stint with the Chiefs, he was head coach at Georgia Tech for six seasons with a 44-33 record.

Coordinators: offense, Curtis Modkins in his first season with the team; defense, George Edwards in his first season with the team; special teams, Bruce DeHaven, rejoined the Bills this year, making it 14 seasons with the franchise.

Roster overview: The Bills have a pretty normal combination of players from different personnel avenues. There are 25 draft choices on the roster, including six first-round picks and 14 in the first three rounds; only two of the first-rounders are in the starting lineup – RG Eric Wood and SS Donte Whitner. They have six college free agents, five unrestricted free agents, one player acquired in a trade and 16 players signed as street free agents. This year’s edition of the Bills has 10 players who are 30 or older and 23 players that are 25 years old or young

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