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Empire State Winter Games

The Empire State Winter Games begin February 1. Three days earlier, a torch run will begin in Manhattan. That is just one of the changes organizers outlined today in Lake Placid, which will host the competition.

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.

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Rex Burkhead scored twice and the New England Patriots won their eighth straight by beating the Buffalo Bills 23-3, continuing their dominance over their AFC East rival.

The New England Patriots have made themselves at home in Orchard Park in recent years. Analyst Matt Sabuda cites a laundry list  of startling statistics highlighting the Patriots dominance at the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills.  Sabuda points out that Bill Belichick has 15 wins in Orchard Park as the Patriots coach. None of the Bills full-season head coaches of this century--Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron, Chan Gailey, Doug Marrone and Rex Ryan--had as many wins at New Era Field.

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The partners who earlier this year released a report known as State of Play Western New York were in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, seeking input from community stakeholders as they plan how to advance a project designed to increase youth sports participation and, in turn, improve their health.

On this week's edition on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks more about the team's dreadful season and a run that has seen it win just one of their last ten games. How have things gotten so bad? Are there any signs of hope on the horizon? And how much blame, if any, should coach Phil Housley shoulder?

Oddsmakers listed the Buffalo Bills as 10-point underdogs heading into Sunday's game against the Chiefs in Kansas City.  The 16-10 victory not only proved many experts wrong, it also renewed hope the Bills could end their record-setting playoff drought. Analyst Matt Sabuda advises cautious optimism, pointing out the Bills' record of 6-5 is a mark they've now reached four times over the last ten years.

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The 11-Day Power Play, which made history in 2017 while raising more than $1 million for cancer research, is planning to return in 2018. But this time, members of the public will be encouraged to lace up their skates, pick up their sticks and take their turns in another 11-day hockey game.

Reeling from three straight losses and a disastrous quarterback change, the Buffalo Bills will try to keep their fading playoff hopes alive on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Analyst Matt Sabuda is consoling hopeful fans against putting too much on the line. "My best advice is to not expect a lot." On the bright side, the Chiefs are also flailing after starting the season with five straight wins.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres' continuing struggles and a six-game losing streak that has them near the bottom of the NHL standings, Jack Eichel's recent demotion and what, if anything, can be done to get the team going in the right direction.

The history of the Buffalo Bills is scattered with poor seasons. Twice, in 1968 and 1971, the Bills managed to win just one game, but those teams did not sink as low as what fans have seen in recent weeks. According to analyst Matt Sabuda, before yesterday, the Bills had never surrendered 47 or more points in consecutive weeks.  A tough schedule only adds to a gloomy forecast for the rest of the season.

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Casey Hayward made two of the Chargers' five interceptions during a horrific first half by Buffalo rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, and Los Angeles cruised to a 54-24 victory over the slumping Bills on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills officials say rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman gives them their best chance to beat the Chargers on Sunday and revive their fading playoff hopes. Analyst Matt Sabuda, however, sees a longer view. The decision to bench starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is more about sifting through personnel to find the building blocks for a team that could eventually contend for a championship. The success of that chosen path remains to be seen.  

On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's 5-4 overtime loss in Pittsburgh, the lack of offense from the team's defensemen, and Dave Andreychuk's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Tyrod Taylor has been benched and the Buffalo Bills are going with rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman to start against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed a new class of inductees Monday night and one of the game's all-time great goal scorers, former Buffalo Sabres forward Dave Andreyhcuk, was among those honored.

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For more than a half century, Ralph Wilson was a towering figure in the Western New York community as founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, through good seasons and bad. His legacy is now captured in a WNED-TV documentary.

Few losses in the 45 seasons of Buffalo Bills football at New Era Field were more lopsided than Sunday's 47-10 drubbing administered by the New Orleans Saints. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the loss doesn't end the Bills hopes for the playoffs, but their inability to compete should serve as a stark reminder that the organization is a long way from fielding a true championship contender.

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Mark Ingram scored a career-best three touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints won their seventh straight game by plowing through a porous Buffalo Bills defense in a 47-10 rout on Sunday.

The New Orleans Saints visit New Era Field Sunday as the NFL’s hottest team. They have won six straight games, beating their opponents by an  average of two touchdowns. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills defense—ranked fourth in the NFL in points allowed—face a stern test against quarterback Drew Brees. A future Hall-of-Famer, Brees is rated third among quarterbacks this season.

On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the recent success of forward Benoit Pouliot, who scored the game-winning goal Tuesday against Washington, some odd-sounding comments from head coach Phil Housley following an ugly loss in Dallas, and former Sabres captain Brian Gionta, who will likely represent Team USA at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The New York Jets' drubbing of the Buffalo Bills 34-21 in front of a national audience served as a reminder of the narrow separation of supposed playoff contenders and NFL cellar-dwellers.  The Jets took advantage of poor offensive line play, says analyst Matt Sabuda. Without significant improvement, the weakness is likely to be exploited by future opponents.

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Matt Forte ran for two touchdowns four days after complaining the Jets didn't run the ball enough, and an overwhelming defense sacked Tyrod Taylor seven times Thursday night in New York's 34-21 demolition of the Buffalo Bills.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks what the team has been up to in a quiet week, the Sabres' last game against the San Jose Sharks, which included a controversial "no goal," and what coach Phil Housley thinks the team can learn from their crosstown counterparts, the Buffalo Bills.

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The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series, winning their first championship crown in the team's 55-year history (and 56th season).

The Astros jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and held on for the rest of the game watching the Dodgers squander multiple opportunities to score.

"We held down a really tough lineup," said Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, who pitched four innings in relief, giving up the Dodgers' only run. He struck out four batters, walked one and earned the win.

Coming away from Sunday's victory at New Era Field, the numbers are all positive for the Buffalo Bills. Their 5-2 record is their best after seven games since 2011. Their 4-0 record at home is the best since 1995, when Jim Kelly was still the quarterback. Beyond that, analyst Matt Sabuda points out that the convincing, 33-14, victory came against a Raiders' team "who many thought would contend for a Super Bowl this year."

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Rookie linebacker Matt Milano scored on a 40-yard fumble return on a rain-slick field and the Buffalo Bills forced four turnovers in beating the Oakland Raiders 34-14 on Sunday.

To this point, the 4-2 Buffalo Bills are exceeding pre-season expectations, many of which predicted a year heavy on losing to setup for a better position in the 2018 NFL draft. The good feelings will halt Sunday, however, with a home loss to the underachieving Oakland Raiders. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Raiders present numerous challenges, notably All-Pro Khalil Mack who created problems for Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor when the teams met in Oakland last season.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the past week's games, which include a big comeback win in Boston and shutout over Detroit, as well as the early season struggles of forward Kyle Okposo.

Sunday's 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers improves the Buffalo Bills to 4-2 on the year. For analyst Matt Sabuda, the slim margin was notable because the Bills "just barely beat a team they were clearly better than." The Bucs dominated in passing yards and time of possession. That the Bills came out victorious may be a "sign of a more complete football team than we've seen in years."