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When Sunday's mistakes are recounted---a blocked punt, two late-game interceptions, 12 penalties--it's hard to believe the Buffalo Bills held a fourth-quarter lead against the Houston Texans. The Bills eventually lost, 20-13.  In summing up the game, analyst Matt Sabuda says the biggest mistake may have been made by team management in keeping Nathan Peterman as their backup quarterback.

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On a day Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn't at his best, the defense helped the Texans pull out another win. Johnathan Joseph's 28-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining lifted the Texans to their third straight victory, a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Five games into the season, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans each have two wins and three losses. The records, however, don't highlight some of the glaring differences between the teams. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Texans have lost by close margins while the Bills have been blown out in their games. The Houston passing game has been far more prolific with quarterback Deshaun Watson tossing for at least 300 yards in the last four games. By comparison, Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has yet to have a 300-yard passing game.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2018-19 season, which featured an ugly opening night loss to Boston followed by two impressive wins over the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights. Also, a look at the team's improved depth, represented by the strong play of its fourth line. And how has rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin looked in his first NHL games?


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A local meat producer celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019 has bought the naming rights for Buffalo's downtown baseball stadium. For the next 10 years, the Bisons' home ballpark will be known as Sahlen Field, team officials announced Tuesday.

It was a sloppy, ugly win, says analyst Matt Sabuda of the Buffalo Bills's 13-12 victory over the Tennessee Titans Sunday, but the result is important for a young team trying to build an identity. In holding the Titans to 221 total yards and forcing three turnovers, the Bills' defense may be exceeding expectations. The other side of the ball is a different story as the offense, including rookie quarterback Josh Allen, is showing few signs of improvement.


After four regular season games, rookie Josh Allen has given Bills fans reason for hope (two touchdown runs against the Vikings) and for concern (two interceptions, seven sacks at Green Bay). Analyst Matt Sabuda expects fans to be patient for the near future, but a solid performance this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans is needed for the Bills to come away with a victory.


The Buffalo Sabres kick off the 2018-19 season with a home game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night. On the season premiere of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's revamped roster, which includes #1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, top line forward Jeff Skinner and new goaltender Carter Hutton, among others. Also, Jack Eichel gets the captain's 'C' on his jersey and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres, who finished in last place in the NHL last season, will make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.


The Buffalo Bills suffered a 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, dropping them to 1-3 on the season. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda summarize what went wrong on this morning's Beyond The Playbook.


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Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Graham connected on their first touchdown pass of the year, and the Green Bay Packers put together their most complete defensive effort of the season in a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

What a difference a week makes. Heading into last weekend the Buffalo Bills were 17-point underdogs for their game at Minnesota. The Bills responded by blowing up the oddsmakers--and the Minnesota Vikings--with a 27-6 victory. While the outlook has improved, analyst Matt Sabuda says the Bills still face a difficult task when they play on the road Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.


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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta has formally announced his retirement as an NHL player, but he has accepted a role as a development coach for the Sabres and Rochester Americans on a part-time basis.

The Buffalo Bills shocked the football world with Sunday's dominant 27-6 victory over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings. WBFO Bills analyst Matt Sabuda came away impressed by the performance of rookie quarterback Josh Allen.


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Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

Following two awful losses to start the season, the Buffalo Bills head into Sunday's road game against the Minnesota Vikings as huge underdogs.  According to analyst Matt Sabuda, as 16-point underdogs the Bills would make oddsmaker history if they were to win Sunday.  In the last decade, only 20 games featured point spreads of 16 or more. Sabuda says the favored team won every time.

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Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is defending himself against allegations that he abused his 6-year-old son.

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A sudden decision to retire - midway through Sunday's game - added a unique twist to an already frustrating start to the 2018 National Football League season for the Buffalo Bills. Vontae Davis trotted off the field with his Bills teammates at halftime, but never returned to finish the game.


For the second consecutive game the Buffalo Bills defense offered little resistance. After surrendering 47 points in their season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, the unit was ripped for 28 points in the FIRST HALF of Sunday's game at New Era Field. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 15 of 16 passes to start the game in leading his team to an easy victory, 31-20. Analyst Matt Sabuda expects changes in how the Bills coaching staff leads the defense in coming games.


Melvin Gordon matched a career high by scoring three touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Chargers defeated Buffalo 31-20 in manhandling the anemic Bills during rookie quarterback Josh Allen's debut as a starter.

The decision to start rookie Josh Allen has sparked hope and concern among Buffalo Bills fans. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, Allen possesses "jaw-dropping athleticism," but his "uneven performance" in relief of Nathan Peterman last week has worked to temper expectations. If the Bills are to contend with the Chargers in Sunday's home opener, Sabuda says the Bills game plan will need to rely upon running back LeSean McCoy.


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Just hours after the owner of the Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse team announced he was moving the team to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the owners of the Buffalo Sabres are stepping in to keep a team in Rochester.

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The Buffalo Bills will host their first regular season game of the 2018 National Football League season this Sunday, when they face the Los Angeles Chargers at 1 p.m. Team officials and the Erie County Sheriff joined at New Era Field to discuss security measures in advance of the game.


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Rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking in Buffalo, said the league is complying with a judge's order by entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit.

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With high schools throughout Western New York now into their fall sports schedules, some smaller districts which have historically struggled to recruit football players have turned to a different format, eight-man football, to keep their players in the game.


The Buffalo Bills started their regular season with a 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here to make us relive those horrible memories is Bills Analyst Matt Sabuba.

The Baltimore Ravens harassed and embarrassed Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman on a rainy Sunday afternoon and beat the rebuilding Bills 47-3.

As they start the 2018 season, the Buffalo Bills are "like a scratch-off lottery ticket," says analyst Matt Sabuda. "There definitely is a chance that things could go well, but probably not." On the positive side, Sabuda looks to the new additions on the defense, including rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. The biggest concern is the offensive line which Sabuda calls "a reshaped unit on the cheap."


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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have named Nathan Peterman their starting quarterback in a job the second-year player is expected to hold until rookie first-round pick Josh Allen is deemed ready.

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A person familiar with the situation tells the Associated Press a lawsuit filed against Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will not affect his status on the team.

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