Bills' game vs. Lions to be blacked out in Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will be blacked out on local television for the second time this season after failing to sell out Sunday's game against Detroit by the NFL deadline.

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A sellout within 72 hours of kickoff does not come as a surprise for a game between two perennial losers, who share the NFL's longest active playoff drought, dating to the 1999 season.

The Bills (0-8) are the NFL's only remaining winless team. The Lions (2-6) have lost 24 consecutive road games, one short of breaking the NFL record they set in 2003.

The Bills didn't announce how many tickets were unsold as of Thursday. The blackout covers a 75-mile radius.

The Bills' previous game at Orchard Park -- a 36-26 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 10 -- was also not a sellout.

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