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Almost since quarterback Nathan Peterman's disastrous season-opening start at Baltimore, the playoff hopes for the Buffalo Bills have been dim. Consistently recognizing that reality throughout the year has been analyst Matt Sabuda. He's been encouraging the franchise to build toward the future and now has "a sense of intrigue" for the remainder of the season. While some see three meaningless games on the schedule, Sabuda is eager to watch how the Bills' young players continue to progress.


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Angry trade unionists and politicians were outside New Era Cap's headquarters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo Monday, protesting the company plan to close its plant in Derby and move most production to China.


Rookie quarterback Josh Allen continues to excite fans with athletic runs and his strong arm. With Sunday's performance against the Jets, Allen became just the fourth player in Buffalo Bills history to rush for 95 yards or more in three consecutive games, joining Fred Jackson, Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson on that list. Of course, the effort wasn't enough as the Bills lost Sunday to the New York Jets, 27-23.  Allen took a step back, says analyst Matt Sabuda, who believes the quarterback would be better served to use his running ability to establish a more effective passing game.


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Sam Darnold one-upped fellow rookie Josh Allen, rallying the New York Jets to a 27-23 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

It's the first of what many fans hope will be many meetings between quarterbacks Josh Allen and Sam Darnold. The rookies are scheduled to face each other for the first time this Sunday when the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, Darnold has stumbled since a strong start to his first NFL season. For Allen, it's been a different story. His mixed start to the year included some awful performances, but Allen's play in the last two weeks compares favorably to some of the league's best quarterbacks.


Analyst Matt Sabuda is looking beyond the final, 21-17, score in the Buffalo Bills' loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins. "I have to say as someone who wants to see Buffalo sports thrive, I was thrilled with yesterday." Specifically, Sabuda was impressed with the performance of rookie quarterback Josh Allen. Allen threw for 231 yards and set a team rushing record for a quarterback by running for 135 yards.

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Jordan Phillips drew a costly penalty for taunting his former team, setting up a touchdown with nine minutes left that helped the Miami Dolphins rally past the Buffalo Bills 21-17 on Sunday.

With the Buffalo Bills finishing their 46th season at their stadium home in Orchard Park, a look to the future was inevitable. The organization started the process earlier this week by announcing it was launching a study to examine stadium needs and options. During WBFO's Beyond the Playbook, analyst Matt Sabuda offered a sketch of what is likely to come: a community conversation over the costs and benefits of being home to the NFL franchise for the foreseeable future.


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The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have hired a consulting firm to help them study possible next steps for the venues where the professional football and hockey teams play. In the case of the Bills, the upcoming feasibility analysis includes exploration of an entirely new stadium.

In his return to his starting role, rookie quarterback Josh Allen helped the Buffalo Bills to a 24-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon. His big plays--a long touchdown pass and a rugged scramble for a touchdown--were important elements in the win, says analyst Matt Sabuda. Also key was a fight which broke out late in the third quarter. As Sabuda points out, the scuffle prompted the ejection of the Jaguars' top player Leonard Fournette and fired up the fans at New Era Field, making for a memorable victory.

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Josh Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter, and the Bills beat the Jaguars 24-21 on Sunday in a game marred by a fight that led to the ejections of Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette and Buffalo defensive end Shaq Lawson.

It was ten months ago when the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars met in the AFC playoffs. Now, the teams continue their disappointing seasons when they meet Sunday at New Era Field. Both come into the game with 3-7 records and only slim chances of returning to the postseason. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, Sunday also marks a pair of returns: former Bills coach Doug Marrone makes his first appearance in Buffalo since becoming Jacksonville's head coach; and rookie quarterback Josh Allen is expected to return to his starting role for the Bills.

Leave it to the bye week to build optimism among Bills' fans, even when their team has a 3-7 record. In looking to the future, analyst Matt Sabuda sees some positive developments. While he's guarded in his mixed assessment of rookie quarterback Josh Allen, he points to how the team can add a surge of talent to their depleted roster. Sabuda says the Bills will have $91 million in salary cap space to spend on players next year. 


After breaking their record streak of seasons missing the playoffs in 2017, the Buffalo Bills are likely to be sitting out another postseason this year. Analyst Matt Sabuda looks back at what has gone wrong with the Bills, who head into the bye week with a 3-7 record. The offense has been horrid, and the play of injured rookie quarterback Josh Allen hasn't been much better.

With 41 points in their win over the New York Jets Sunday, the Bills managed to score more points in four quarters than they scored in their previous four games combined. According to analyst Matt Sabuda, two factors are behind the offensive outburst: the competent play of surprise starting quarterback Matt Barkley and the overall ineptitude of the New York Jets.

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Matt Barkley stunningly sparked Buffalo's bumbling offense with two touchdown passes, including one to offensive tackle Dion Dawkins. LeSean McCoy broke out of a season-long slump with 113 yards rushing and a pair of TD runs, and the Bills embarrassed the New York Jets 41-10 on Sunday.

After the first quarter Sunday at New Era Field, the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears were scoreless. One quarter later, the Bears led by 28 on their way to an easy 41-9 victory. Analyst Matt Sabuda calls the game a "complete disaster and the latest entry in an increasingly disastrous season." At this point, he believes the team needs Josh Allen to return to the lineup. While the rookie quarterback still has much to prove, his play would be a major upgrade over recent starters Nathan Peterman and Derek Anderson.


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Jordan Howard scored two touchdowns and the Chicago Bears' defense had two others in a 41-9 win over the Bills in what proved to be another comedy of errors for Buffalo and its anemic offense Sunday.

Through eight games this season the Buffalo Bills have scored only 87 points. That failure to produce points doomed the team again in last night's 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots.  Analyst Matt Sabuda says the offensive failure ruined another fine performance by the Bills' defense.

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Devin McCourty was pleased that the New England Patriots defense didn't have to play second fiddle to Tom Brady and Co. for once. With the Patriots leaning more on Stephen Gostkowski's leg than Brady's arm against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, McCourty stepped up and returned an interception 84 yards to secure a 25-6 victory.

The New England Patriots have made themselves at home when visiting New Era Field. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Patriots have won nine of their last 10 games in Orchard Park, enjoying large margins of victory in most cases. Unless the Bills can improve upon their recent stumbling efforts, that dominance is likely to continue.

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The Denver Broncos have waived backup quarterback Chad Kelly, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

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Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly, a Western New York native and nephew to Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, has been arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Women of Food

Oct 23, 2018
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Food is big business in Western New York, and according to the November issue of Buffalo Spree, women are playing an increasingly important role. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says women are well-represented across the industry.


In throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble, Derek Anderson lived up to the low expectations which accompanied his first appearance as the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills. Equally notable for analyst Matt Sabuda was  the crumbling of the team's defense in the 37-5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In recent games, the unit helped to keep the Bills competitive, but Sunday's performance only adds to the concerns the 2019 season may be heading for disaster.


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Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes and Marlon Mack had his first rushing scores of the season as the Indianapolis Colts blew out Buffalo 37-5 on Sunday.

As the Buffalo Bills stumble through the process of establishing a starting quarterback capable of playing at an NFL level, one aspect of the team has been performing above expectations. Analyst Matt Sabuda points out the defense has been among the league's best over the last four games. Heading into Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Sabuda wonders if the unit will be strong enough to support newcomer Derek Anderson, the Bills' fourth starting quarterback in their last eight regular-season games. 

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The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Wednesday announced a $200 million investment in parks and trails in Western New York and Southeast Michigan. The funds will be split evenly between the two regions and are being dedicated in honor of what would have been the 100th birthday of the former Buffalo Bills founder and owner.

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.

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