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Beyond the Playbook: Bills miss their chance against the Patriots

The final margin may have been close, but the Bills 20-13 loss to the Patriots once again featured critical penalties and poor clock management. "These types of mistakes are beyond tiresome. And you have to wonder how much is on coaching at this point in the season," said analyst Matt Sabuda.

During WBFO's Beyond the Playbook, Sabuda did give credit to the Bills defensive performance which consistently harassed quarterback Tom Brady throughout the game.

"The defensive scheme was  fantastic. I dare to say that it might even be a turning point that will be difficult for other teams to plan against in the future."

Though the Bills' record falls to 5-5, Sabuda believes there is still hope for the team to break its long playoff drought.

He points to a series of mathematical simulations conducted by the New York Times.

"According to the Times simulator, based on nearly 20,000 simulations, if the  Bills go 9-7 with a loss to the Patriots but beat the Chiefs next week, their playoff chances reach an astoundingly high 77 percent," Sabuda said.

"I know Bills fans are down after last night's loss, however the Bills are still alive, but next week's (against the Chiefs) game is of the utmost importance."


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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.