Matt Sabuda

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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. 

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.

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.

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 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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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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The beginning of the NFL free agency period begins this week, followed by the draft in late April.

Bills trade QB Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland

Mar 9, 2018

The Buffalo Bills have traded starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the first pick in the third round in the upcoming NFL draft.

A 10-3 playoff loss at Jacksonville may have disappointed Buffalo Bills fans, but did little to diminish their passion. Analyst Matt Sabuda was among the thousands of locals who made their way to Jacksonville to witness the Bills' first playoff appearance in nearly 18 years. Sabuda said it was great to be at the game and "even greater to be a Buffalonian."


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 Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 24-16 at New Era Field on Sunday, to improve their record to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda look at the last home game of the year.


For many Bills fans, the team's rivalry with the Miami Dolphins exists only in ancient history. While the teams battled four times in the playoffs in 1990's, their collective postseason fortunes have faded in recent years. The fire could return this Sunday at New Era Field. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills need to beat the Dolphins in order to stay in the playoff race.


The weather earned the headlines for Sunday's game at New Era Field. The Buffalo Bills kept their playoff hopes alive with a 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, but most observers are still talking about the heavy snow that fell throughout the game. A Wall Street Journal reporter called the contest "delightfully ugly." Most Bills fans would agree, analyst Matt Sabua points out, provided their team wins.

The Buffalo Bills find themselves in a familiar spot as the 2017 season winds down. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills remain in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. Of course, that "hunt" has come up empty for the Bills, who haven't appeared in a postseason game in almost 18 years. The bottom line, Sabuda says, the Bills have a small chance at the playoffs if they beat the Colts Sunday; almost no shot, if they lose.


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.


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.


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.


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