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The playoff hopes of the Buffalo Bills will not end if they lose Sunday's road game to the Oakland Raiders. However, as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the contest provides the Bills with a chance to make a statement that they can beat a top team when the stakes are high. It's the type of late-season game that has been missing throughout most of the Bills' playoff drought.


Jack Eichel is back and the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player made an immediate impact in his return from injury Tuesday night in Ottawa. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Eichel's season debut and his effect on his teammates, one in particular.


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The Buffalo Bisons have a new manager and he is not an unfamiliar figure. The club also made history with the hiring.

The Buffalo Bills kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 28-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the team's best players---Sammy Watkins, Marcell Dareus and LeSean McCoy---made the big plays which gave the Bills the winning edge.


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LeSean McCoy scored twice, including a career-best 75-yard run, and the Buffalo Bills won their second in a row by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-21 on Sunday.

While their path to the playoffs appears difficult, analyst Matt Sabuda points out the Buffalo Bills have the easiest schedule among the teams considered to be post-season contenders. On WBFO's Beyond the Playbook, Sabuda outlines how Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars fits into the Bills plans for this season and beyond.


On a Thanksgiving week edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about two big wins over Pittsburgh and Calgary, the strong play of goaltender Anders Nilsson and defenseman Taylor Fedun, and why Rasmus Ristolainen's stick has become an issue.


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For years he was a favorite at Buffalo Bisons games, shagging foul balls on the sidelines, but always on the frontline of local baseball personalities. Donald Palmer, known as "The Butcher," has died at the age of 49 in his Riverside home.

The Buffalo Bills defense stymied the Cincinnati Bengals for most of the second half in their 16-12 win on Sunday. The victory keeps the Bills playoff hopes alive, but analyst Matt Sabuda remains skeptical about the team's prospects.


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LeSean McCoy ran 7 yards for a touchdown before suffering a thumb injury and the Buffalo Bills got just enough out of their depleted offense, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 16-12 on Sunday.

The Buffalo Sabres' offensive woes continue. The team has lost five straight games and, on many nights, has struggled to score more than one goal. Could some home cooking help turn around the team's fortune? Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe weighs in on this week's Behind The Bench.


The Buffalo Bills slid into the bye week on a three-game losing streak. While their 4-5 record is a disappointment, analyst Matt Sabuda says a few bright spots have emerged, notably the surprising play of veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.


In trends that should sound familiar to fans, the Buffalo Sabres are struggling to score goals and win on home ice. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about those issues and updates some key injuries on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


Though they made the contest interesting to the end, the Buffalo Bills still lost, 31-25, to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Analyst Matt Sabuda says a porous pass defense and some poor officiating combined to seal the Bills' fate.


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Jimmy Graham needed only one hand to catch two first-half touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks held off a late rally for a 31-25 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.

The Buffalo Bills take their 4-4 record on the road tonight to face the Seattle Seahawks. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills will need to win at least six of their remaining games to break their playoff drought, adding to the importance of tonight's game.


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Baseball is known as the "national pastime," but it sometimes requires a special moment in the sport to get many Americans to fall back in love with the sport. The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series title in more than a century is the latest feel-good story for the game. WBFO asked a local baseball promoter whether it will spark renewed interest in the sport.


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The Chicago Cubs, ending a championship drought that has lasted 108 years, beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

They did it the hard way, too, coming back from a 3-1 game deficit, winning three straight games, including the last two on the road in Cleveland. And it took ten innings to win it all in Game 7.

The Cubs are the first team since the 1985 Kansas City Royals to claw back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series. They won 103 games during the regular season.

Coming off a four-game losing streak, the Buffalo Sabres rebounded with three straight wins in the past week. On this week's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe says the team, which was in danger of digging itself into an early-season hole, was able to close out the kinds of games they let slip away last week.


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.

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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.

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Buffalo's City Hall building appears front and center in the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship logo unveiled Friday. The big announcement, though, was that the outdoor game to be played at New Era Field, as part of the tournament, will be a matchup of hockey rivals Team USA and Team Canada.


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.


The Buffalo Sabres (1-2-2) completed a four-game road trip Thursday with a gut-wrenching loss in Philadelphia. The result wasn't unlike many games last season, where the team failed to close out games in which they had a lead. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about that and the continuing resurgence of forward Matt Moulson on this week's Behind The Bench.


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The New York Attorney General's Office has reached separate $6 million settlements with fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel, resolving lawsuits that alleged false and deceptive advertising.

Beyond the Playbook: Loss confirms Bills' mediocrity

Oct 24, 2016

Heading into the weekend, analyst Matt Sabuda encouraged Buffalo Bills fans to enjoy the team's four-game winning streak. From his perspective, Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins revealed the inability of the team---and its quarterback Tyrod Taylor---to overcome adversity, providing another sign that the Bills are not capable of competing at a championship level.


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Jay Ajayi tied an NFL record by surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row, helping the Miami Dolphins rally past the Buffalo Bills 28-25 Sunday.

Another key injury has hit the Buffalo Sabres early in the 2016-17 campaign. Just days after star forward Jack Eichel went down, Evander Kane suffered an injury in the season opener that will sideline him for several weeks. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about that and the team's first three games on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


The Buffalo Bills blew out the San Francisco 49ers, 45-16, Sunday at New Era Field, extending their winning streak to four, the team's longest since 2008. Analyst Matt Sabuda says there was a lot to like, including the behavior of fans while controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem.


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LeSean McCoy scored three times and the Buffalo Bills extended their winning streak to four with a 45-16 victory over San Francisco and new starter Colin Kaepernick Sunday.

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