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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.


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.


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.


The NFL bye week provides coaching staffs with two weeks to prepare for an upcoming opponent. The Buffalo Bills, who are coming off their bye week, head to Cincinnati on Sunday to meet the Bengals, who last played on Monday night. With that timing in mind, analyst Matt Sabuda believes Sunday's game offers fans and team executives a chance to judge the efficiency and effectiveness of head coach Rex Ryan and his staff.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


If the Buffalo Bills are going to continue their winning streak this Sunday in Miami, they will likely do so without running LeSean McCoy, who is suffering from a hamstring injury. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills can overcome the injury with the continued solid play of their offensive line and if quarterback Tyrod Taylor raises his game.


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.


After starting the season with two losses, an air of desperation surrounded the Buffalo Bills. That spirit has changed dramatically. Analyst Matt Sabuda says after three straight wins, the Bills should expect to win on Sunday against the struggling San Francisco 49ers.


The Buffalo Bills are enjoying a modest two-game winning streak, but analyst Matt Sabuda believes continuing that trend will be difficult. For Sunday's game, the Bills will travel to the West Coast to meet the Los Angeles Rams. As Sabuda points out, the Bills have won just three of their last 14 games on the West Coast.


Over the last 15 years, winning has been the norm for the New England Patriots, who have been especially dominant on their home turf. On Sunday, the story changed dramatically as the Bills  beat the Patriots, 16-0, at Gillette Stadium. "I don't want to hear the Patriots were without Tom Brady as an excuse. They were still a three-and-oh team and are likely the team to beat in the AFC,"  analyst Matt Sabuda said. "And yesterday, the Bills beat them."


With the loss of key players due to injury and suspension, the New England Patriots appear to be vulnerable as they get ready to host the Bills on Sunday. It's an an opportunity the Bills must seize, says analyst Matt Sabuda, who believes a loss would  show "players, ownership and fans that this team is still light years behind the Patriots."


LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. "It was one of those days when everything, and I mean everything, came together for a Bills win," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.


"I have to say that this is the earliest I can remember Bills fans being so distraught over the state and prospects for the team," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook. He's troubled by the strange timing of the dismissal of offensive coordinator Greg Roman and the team's poor showing on defense.

The New York Jets gained nearly 500 yards in offense in dominating the Buffalo Bills defense in a 37-31 win Thursday night. The effort provided a stark contrast from last Sunday when they held the Baltimore Ravens to just 13 points. "It's been one of the strangest, most disconnected first two games of any season," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.


A wild atmosphere is expected tonight as the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets at New Era Field. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills can send their fans home happy tonight provided quarterback Tyrod Taylor improves upon his performance from Sunday's season-opening loss at Baltimore.


The Buffalo Bills offense managed just 160 total yards in Sunday's 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  For analyst Matt Sabuda, the play calling and ineffective performance by quarterback Tyrod Taylor were surprisingly similar to the poor efforts that have been so common in recent years for the Bills.


While the Buffalo Bills are listed as underdogs for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, analyst Matt Sabuda sees an opportunity. "Fans shouldn't be surprised to see the team start out with an upset win." Injuries to the Ravens defense, Sabuda says, give the Bills a chance for success on Sunday. 


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Many reporters and analysts are expressing their displeasure with the Buffalo Bills' strict new media policy. Among other things, the policy limits what information the media can report during training camp and practices, including plays, strategies and formations. WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook" commentator Matt Sabuda talked with Morning Edition host Howard Riedel about the policy, which has gained national attention.


More than 150-million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday evening, as the  Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos vie for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.


In the last game of the 2015-2016 season for Buffalo and with playoff hopes on the line for the New York Jets, the Bills finished on a high note.


The Buffalo Bills will miss the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season. Still, analyst Matt Sabuda sees some intriguing storylines in Sunday's game against the New York Jets, notably, how the Jets' playoff prospects will be impacted by the game's result.


The Buffalo Bills improved to 7-8 with 16-6 win over Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday.


Though it appears the Buffalo Bills will miss the playoffs again this season, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the remaining games hold some importance. He wants to see if Tyrod Taylor can prove himself as the team's "franchise quarterback."


Penalties were a big issue in the Bills 20-23 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the loss means the Bills are likely out of the playoff picture this season.


The Bills take on the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday with Buffalo's playoff hopes hanging in the balance and running back LeSean McCoy returning to face the team that traded him away.

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