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Top 10 reasons why the Bills-Browns game is so meaningful

Snowvember is over.

Photos of One Bills Drive and Ralph Wilson Stadium following a record snow storm in Buffalo.

After a wild week in Western New York and a brief but successful stay in Detroit (thank you Lions organization!) it's back to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the team that has always and will always belong there. The Bills are home again.

There's meaningful football to be played.

The Bills are coming into this game part of the wild card picture with a 6-5 record. With their 7-4 record in a hot division, the Browns are trying to secure a wild card birth of their own. It's a meaningful game with big playoff implications, not to mention that it's only the second time the Bills and Browns have met with winning records after Thanksgiving since 1990.

Sammy's prolific rookie reason continues.

Raise your hand if you are the Week 8 NFL Rookie of the Week!

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The Bills 2014 first-round draft pick needs only five receptions to set the record for receptions by a Bills rookie, currently held by Joe Cribbs with 52 catches in 1980. With five more games on the season, he needs only 160 yards to eclipse Lee Evans and set the record for receiving yards by a Bills rookie. Go, Sammy, go!

Pettine is back in Buffalo.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine had a short but memorable stay with the Bills in 2013 as the coordinator of an explosive defense. In the offseason, he shipped two hours down I-90 to work for the Browns, and this will be his first visit back to his home for a season. The Bills will look to make it an unsuccessful one.

Another inFREDible record could be broken.

Congrats @fred22jackson!

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Fred Jackson is setting milestones in a number of categories, including playing in his 100th game as a Bill earlier this season. Last Sunday – er, Monday – Jackson claimed sole possession of the number 4 spot on the Bills all-time career rushing touchdowns list, and with just one more, he'll be tied with legend Cookie Gilchrist for number 3. (Seems like every week it's another record, doesn't it? It's no wonder everyone loves Fred Jackson.)

Browns vs. Bills is no division rivalry, but there's certainly pride at stake.


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Speaking of Fred Jackson, the captain rarely says a bad word about anybody, on- or off-the-field, but this week he took a different tone when talking about former teammate and Browns safety Donte Whitner.

"Donte is a guy that likes to ruffle feathers and he was trying any way he could to try and ruffle Buffalo's feathers knowing he had to come back to us," said Jackson. That's just him doing what he does, at the same time it's annoying and it's just dumb for him to do, to talk about people like that and to talk about the city of Buffalo like that. Sometimes you've just got to take it with a grain of salt and say it's just some dude being an idiot about some stuff."

It's safe to say emotions will be high at the Ralph on Sunday.

Jim Kelly will Lead the Charge.

Who better to wave the Bills flag over the tunnel as the team comes onto the field than Jim Kelly? The Hall of Fame quarterback will serve as the Leader of the Charge in a different capacity than he did so many times in the 1990s, but as the same symbol of all that Buffalo is.

Hughes can help the Bills D set a monster record.

With half a sack by Bills DE Jerry Hughes, the Bills will become the first NFL team to have three players with at least 10 sacks in consecutive seasons since the 1996-97 San Francisco 49ers. Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus are already over that mark and with Hughes having an explosive season, this benchmark of a ridiculously productive defense won't be too far off.

There's a gameday giveaway!

The first 50,000 fans through the gates will receive a Unyts Panini football trading card pack. Gates open at 11:30 and as always, there are plenty of on-field pregame festivities to watch, so head in early to get your trading cards and enjoy the activities.

We're home.

And a sold out crowd will be ready to ROCK THE RALPH!

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