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You'd be forgiven if you went to bed early having chalked up another win for New England.

The Buffalo Bills traveled to New England Sunday with high expectations for a playoff spot, even against the formidable Patriots. However, there was no Christmas miracle, as the Pats beat the Bills 37-16. WBFO Host Howard Riedel and football analyst Matt Sabuda talk about what the game means as the Bills prepare for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Tom Brady passed for a pair of touchdowns and the New England Patriots stayed on track to claim home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 37-16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

With victories the next two Sundays, the Buffalo Bills would qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Analyst Matt Sabuda, however, provides some sobriety to the holiday exuberance in highlighting the difficulty of the Bills winning Sunday's road game in New England. Still, for those of us longing for a post-season present, Sabuda lays out a scenario in which the Bills lose Sunday, but still make the playoffs.


The New England Patriots dominated the Buffalo Bills in a 23-3 victory Sunday at New Era Field. The performance, however, was tainted by Rob Gronkowski's illegal hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Analyst Matt Sabuda called the play "one of the worst cheap shots I've seen in years" and believes Gronkowski deserves a suspension.


After three quarters, this game looked for all the world like a rout by the Atlanta Falcons. They were up 28-9. Their quarterback Matt Ryan, who just won the regular season MVP on Saturday night, was playing like an unstoppable Super Bowl MVP, too.

Then, something unbelievable happened: The New England Patriots came back.

Beyond the Playbook: Patriots dominate again

Oct 31, 2016

With their 41-25 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills' record falls to 4-4 on the year. The loss brings clarity to another reality, says analyst Matt Sabuda. The Bills appear to be on the wrong path as they try to close the gap between their organization and the true championship contenders in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady asserted his on-field ownership of the Buffalo Bills again Sunday, matching an NFL record in beating them for the 26th time.

While the New England Patriots have enjoyed success against most NFL teams, their mastery over the Bills in recent years is remarkable. Analyst Matt Sabuda points out that quarterback Tom Brady's winning percentage versus the Buffalo Bills is the second-best in league history. If the Bills are to remain in the playoff conversation, they will need to reverse that trend  when they host the Patriots on Sunday.


Over the last 15 years, winning has been the norm for the New England Patriots, who have been especially dominant on their home turf. On Sunday, the story changed dramatically as the Bills  beat the Patriots, 16-0, at Gillette Stadium. "I don't want to hear the Patriots were without Tom Brady as an excuse. They were still a three-and-oh team and are likely the team to beat in the AFC,"  analyst Matt Sabuda said. "And yesterday, the Bills beat them."


Bills shut out Brady-less Patriots

Oct 3, 2016

Buffalo took advantage of sloppy, Tom Brady-less New England to hand the Patriots their first home shutout at Gillette Stadium, winning 16-0 Sunday. The win was just the second for the Bills in the stadium's history.

With the loss of key players due to injury and suspension, the New England Patriots appear to be vulnerable as they get ready to host the Bills on Sunday. It's an an opportunity the Bills must seize, says analyst Matt Sabuda, who believes a loss would  show "players, ownership and fans that this team is still light years behind the Patriots."


The final margin may have been close, but the Bills 20-13 loss to the Patriots once again featured critical penalties and poor clock management. "These types of mistakes are beyond tiresome. And you have to wonder how much is on coaching at this point in the season," said analyst Matt Sabuda.


Injuries are mounting for the New England Patriots, the Bills opponent this Monday. But as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, as long as quarterback Tom Brady is healthy, the Patriots will remain a formidable foe. 


Buffalo Bills honor former GM Bill Polian

Sep 20, 2015
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Although the Bills didn't take the win against the New England Patriots on Sunday, they did honor a former member of the organization during halftime.

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The Bills are a hot ticket and perhaps no game this season is hotter than this Sunday's home game against the division rival New England Patriots.

It's a statement that may best convey the animosity Bills fans feel toward Sunday's opponent: "The Patriots are the Evil Empire of the NFL," said Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.


The NFL season starts Thursday night with the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Patriots have been mired in controversy even since the team was found to be using deflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship game. As WBFO football analyst Matt Sabuda reports, the practice of deflating game balls may have been a key factor in the Patriots' success over nearly the past decade.


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Choosing between staying home and going out to watch the Super Bowl can be a tough choice, but Buffalo’s (716) Food and Sport gave fans the best of both worlds on Sunday night.

With a final score of 17-14, the Buffalo Bills tamed the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon.