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The bye week provides Bills fans with a moment to enjoy the team's surprising 3-2 start. Analyst Matt Sabuda is taking a cautiously optimistic approach. In his five-week review of the season, Sabuda says he has been impressed by the Bills stingy defense, but a lack of an effective passing game makes it clear "the remainder of the season should  be heavily focused on evaluation for the future."


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National Football League owners plan to meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players "should" stand during the national anthem. Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas said he hopes the owners will decide to hold a league-wide summit to help resolve the intensifying topic.

Four weeks of good feelings for Bills fans faded in the rain of Cincinnati in a 20-16 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. The defense, analyst Matt Sabuda says, played well enough to win, but the offense failed to capitalize on exceptional field position throughout the afternoon. With only 166 passing yards on Sunday, quarterback Tyrod Taylor remains "the most glaring deficiency for a team that seems much closer to success than most expected."


With a record of 3-1, the Buffalo Bills and their fans are enjoying a surprising perch atop the AFC East. While it's far too early to make bold predictions for the remainder of the season, analyst Matt Sabuda puts the Bills' strong start in perspective. During the team's 17-year playoff drought, the Bills have started a season at 3-1 or better only twice.


With the Falcons driving in the game's final minutes, fans familiar with recent history may have been bracing for another heartbreaking loss for the Buffalo Bills. While scanning social media during those moments, analyst Matt Sabuda confirmed that many experts shared his impending sense of doom. The Bills, of course, held on for a 23-17 win, putting them atop the AFC East and raising expectations. 

O.J. Simpson has been released from prison after serving nine years for armed robbery and other charges.

Simpson was released at 12:08 a.m. local time Sunday from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.

The overnight release was "in an effort to ensure public safety and reduce the potential for incident," the Nevada Department of Corrections said on its Facebook page.

Fan should expect NFL players to kneel again this weekend during the National Anthem. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the controversy may build as President Trump "continues to stoke the fire." Lost in the stir is Sunday's  game in Atlanta where the Bills, tops in the NFL in scoring defense, face a "monumental" challenge against the undefeated Falcons.


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An overwhelming majority of voters across Western New York oppose NFL player protests during the national anthem, according to a new poll.

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Sep 25, 2017
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It was a weekend of Trump tweets and player protests. Several Buffalo Bills were among many National Football League players who on Sunday knelt down during the playing of the national anthem, a form of protest that has now escalated following the president's calls to fire or suspend those who participate. Buffalo's mayor believes the Bills organization has handled itself properly in response to the controversy.

The Buffalo Bills beat the Denver Broncos 26-16 Sunday, improving to 2-1 and a share of the lead in the AFC East. The Bills were three-point underdogs going into the game, but analyst Matt Sabuda called the victory on Friday. He talks about defying the odds, the protests and much more.

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Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdowns and the Bills intercepted Trevor Siemian twice in the final 19 minutes of Buffalo's 26-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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Several members of the Buffalo Bills reacted to President Trump's controversial comments about protesting professional athletes Sunday by kneeling during the national anthem before their 26-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

Many believe the Buffalo Bills' three-point performance in last Sunday's loss at Carolina is a sign of a miserable season to come. While similar production would certainly doom the Bills chances Sunday against the undefeated Denver Broncos, analyst Matt Sabuda offers a more hopeful outlook.  He likes the Bills chances, though that prediction relies upon a bounce-back game from LeSean McCoy who is coming off one of the worst efforts of his career.


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Forbes magazine has released its annual rankings of the worth of the 32 National Football League franchises and the Buffalo Bills are in last place on the list.

In gathering only 176 yards in a 9-3 loss at Carolina Sunday, analyst Matt Sabuda said the Buffalo Bills turned in "one of the worst offensive performances by the Bills that I've seen in years." Tyrod Taylor, Sabuda said, played like an "average" quarterback throwing to a receiving corps that is "average at best." The poor offense overshadowed a defensive effort that should have been good enough to bring the Bills to victory.


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Carolina's defense allowed only three points for the second straight week and Graham Gano converted three field goals as the Panthers held on to defeat the Buffalo Bills 9-3 on Sunday.

Count analyst Matt Sabuda among those who were unimpressed with the Bills season-opening victory over the New York Jets, which, he says,"felt like a fifth preseason game."  The competition intensifies Sunday as the Bills visit the Carolina Panthers, the team that employed Bills head coach Sean McDermott for the previous six years. 


It wasn't impressive, but the Bills won their season opener, 21-12, over the New York Jets. While  Beyond the Playbook analyst Matt Sabuda gave credit to running back LeSean McCoy in leading the Bills, he also provided perspective on the Jets' poor play, calling it a "homecoming win over a jayvee team."


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Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes and the new-look Bills beat the New York Jets 21-12 on Sunday in Sean McDermott's debut as Buffalo's coach.

With the off-season departures of several significant contributors,  the Buffalo Bills appear to be tearing away at a faulty foundation while selling the hope of building a better future. But all is not lost heading into Sunday's season opener. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the re-building Bills are stronger at this point than Sunday's opponent, the  New York Jets, a team that has a large lead in their race to the bottom.


Bills trade Watkins, Darby in separate surprise deals

Aug 11, 2017
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The Buffalo Bills surprised many Friday by announcing two trades involving two prominent players. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was dealt to the Los Angeles Rams while cornerback Ronald Darby was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Bills fans learned some stunning news shortly before 1 p.m.  The Buffalo Bills traded one of the team's biggest stars, Sammy Watkins, to the Los Angeles Rams in return for cornerback EJ Gaines.

Despite a new head coach and an organizational overhaul for the Buffalo Bills, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the team is likely to extend its playoff drought in 2017. One of the NFL's toughest schedules certainly works against the Bills.  Sabuda also sees an ill-prepared roster that "is torn between winning now or rebuilding."


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The Buffalo Bills, in partnership with USA Football, hosted an estimated 250 young athletes, their families and coaches inside New Era Field on Friday to discuss how to increase safety in the game of football.

What to feel, now that we know O.J. Simpson soon will be a free man?

That was the question, as cameras focused on a gray-haired, still-charming Orenthal James Simpson, near tears as he thanked members of a Nevada parole board Thursday afternoon. The board told him he could leave Lovelock Correctional Center as soon as this fall after serving nine years.

O.J. Simpson will find out on Thursday if he soon will be released from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He has been held there for nearly nine years for convictions on armed robbery and other charges.

The former NFL hero, TV pitchman and movie star, now 70, stands a good chance of being granted parole when he appears before the Nevada Parole Board via video link. No one has registered to testify against him. He will likely try to persuade the board of his good behavior behind bars.

If paroled, Simpson would be released from prison no sooner than Oct. 1.

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Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackle Adolphus Washington has been arrested in Ohio on a weapons charge.

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Police in Fort Wayne Indiana are investigating the discovery of a body in the Maumee River that has been identified as that of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy.

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen took to Facebook to call out the Buffalo Bills for taking their newest players on a tour of the region that featured only traditional tourist attractions, like Canalside and Niagara Falls.

VIDEO: Bills introduce new GM Brandon Beane

May 12, 2017
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The Buffalo Bills and owner Terry Pegula introduced Brandon Beane as the team's new General Manager on Friday morning.


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