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When Will We See Bills, Browns and Raiders in the Playoffs Again?

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Anyone can tell you who's going to the Super Bowl each year (well, maybe).

Here's a tough one: Which one of the three teams listed below will make it back to the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade?

Over the last two seasons we've seen the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers end long postseason droughts and the Houston Texans, who first took the field in 2002, reach the playoffs as well.

But what about teams like the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders? It's been a while since the wagons have been circled, no one's rocking in O-HI-O and we haven't seen any recent commitment to excellence.

Buffalo Bills (lost to Tennessee Titans, 22-16, in 1999 AFC Wild Card Playoffs): From a franchise that made an unprecedented four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1990-93 to a club that finished dead last in the AFC East for the last five years. Since 2008, the Bills are 6-24 vs. the AFC East rivals (the Patriots were 6-0 in the division in 2012). While the quarterback always seems to take the blame for the team's shortcomings, keep in mind that this team has allowed 425, 434 and 435 points, respectively, in each of its last three seasons. Including interim bosses, Doug Marrone is the team's seventh head coach since Marv Levy's retirement following the 1997 season.

Cleveland Browns (lost to Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-33, in 2002 AFC Wild Card Playoffs): The last time we saw the Cleveland Browns in the postseason, Butch Davis was the head coach and the team was squandering a 17-point lead to the Steelers. Rob Chudzinksi is the new man at the controls for a franchise that has gone 23-57 (losing 11 or more games each of the last five seasons) since finishing 10-6 in 2007. And how's this for a sobering stat? Since their return to the NFL in 1999, the Browns are 73-151 and Chudzinski is their seventh different head coach. On the other hands, division rival Pittsburgh has had three head coaches -- since 1969.

Oakland Raiders (lost to Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII): No one will soon forget that Sunday in San Diego when league MVP Rich Gannon threw five interceptions, three returned for touchdowns as Bill Callahan's club was mauled by Jon Gruden's Bucs. Since 2003 the Raiders have yet to enjoy a winning season and are a miserable 49-111 in the process. Dennis Allen will begin his second year at the controls. And it's worth noting that no Raiders head coach has lasted at least three full seasons since Gruden from 1998-01. Just ouch, baby.

So which of these clubs is the first team off the skids and into the playoffs? Inquiring and frustrated minds want to know.

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