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Bills, Browns share more than Lake Erie

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

A lot has happened since the last time the Buffalo Bills played the Cleveland Browns.

Not much of it is good.

And not much of it has brightened the outlook of either franchise.

The Browns will visit Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday for a rematch of one of the worst performances in recent Bills history.

It was Week 11 last year, and the Bills were fighting for their postseason lives, playing at home on "Monday Night Football" against a dreadful opponent.

One reasonably would assume the Bills to be fired up.

Eh. The Browns took an early 13-0 lead, and although the Bills battled back to pull ahead by a point with 2:25 to play, they found a way to lose. Phil Dawson kicked a 56-yard field goal for the Browns with 1:44 left, and Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard counterpunch.

Here's an idea of how events have unfolded for each franchise since then:

  • Buffalo has gone 3-7 overall, 0-5 in the division.

  • Cleveland has gone 0-10 overall, 0-4 in the division.

  • Bills fans hate their head coach.

  • The Browns fired head coach Romeo Crennel and replaced him with Eric Mangini, who hasn't exactly been embraced.

  • Buffalo has been outscored 234-191.

  • Cleveland has been outscored 247-80.

  • Both teams were forced to trade away the best players on their rosters to avoid turmoil. The Bills dealt two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles in April. The Browns sent Pro Bowl receiver Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets on Wednesday.

  • Both teams had players who endured legal problems that made national headlines, the Browns' situation (Donte Stallworth) more tragic than the Bills' succession (Marshawn Lynch, Donte Whitner, Ko Simpson).

  • Each organization drafted its "quarterback of the future" in 2007 and still doesn't know what it has.

  • Buffalo and Cleveland are more entertaining on special teams than they are on offense or defense.

  • Tight end Robert Royal has dropped passes for Buffalo and Cleveland.

  • Both clubs have running back tandems that make it tough to find enough carries to go around.

  • The Bills and Browns need to gut themselves -- but the Browns are alone so far in actually doing it.