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Playing the Bills seems to bring out the best in Tom Brady

Tom Brady has been a thorn in Buffalo's side, as he's 26-3 against the Bills. AP Photo/Adrian Kraus

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As part of a three-week AFC East roundtable series, various questions will be analyzed and dissected. Things kicked off the last two days with a question on New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how the franchise should handle his contract status, as well as the New York Jets and who they should start at quarterback.

Today’s question focuses on the Buffalo Bills and if a playoff berth is on the horizon for them. The Bills have the NFL's longest active playoff drought (17 seasons, 1999), followed by the Cleveland Browns (14, 2002), Los Angeles Rams (12, 2004), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9, 2007), Jacksonville Jaguars (9, 2007) and Tennessee Titans (8, 2008).

Using this as a springboard (my opinion is that the Bills are headed in the right direction under first-year coach Sean McDermott), here are a few notable comparisons between the Bills and Patriots over the last 17 years:

Playoff games

Patriots: 34

Bills: 0

Head coaches

Patriots: 1 (Bill Belichick)

Bills: 10 (includes interims)

Starting quarterbacks

Patriots: 5

Bills: 15

Quarterback Tom Brady is 26-3 lifetime against the Bills, his highest win total against a specific team. That ties former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre's record for most wins against a single opponent, as Favre had 26 victories over the Detroit Lions.

Brady has thrown for more touchdowns (66) against Buffalo than any other opponent. He also had more 300-yard games (10) against Buffalo than any other team.

As part of Brady being voted the league's top player in the NFL Network top-100 poll, Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito said on the program, "Coming off suspension this year, he had something to prove. We all knew it was going to be rough when he got back. So we stole a win from the Patriots early in the year at their place [16-0 in Week 4], and then when Tom came back, it was same old Tom. He carved us up for [41] points."

Led by Brady, the Patriots' dominance over the Bills has naturally been a significant part of Buffalo's 17-year playoff absence.