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Beyond the Playbook: Bills season fading with loss to Eagles

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.

"It was mistakes and deserved penalty flags that doomed the Bills yesterday," says Sabuda. "Despite being the more talented team in my view, the Bills had way too many plays negated or followed up  by demoralizing penalties. The Bills offensive line in particular just killed the Bills chances. They were beat consistently, took a number of really bad calls."

"On the plus side, LeSean McCoy was fantastic in his return to Philadelphia. He had just 24 touches for his usual 100+ yards per scrimmage. Robert Woods had one of his better games as a Bill. Sammy Watkins also performed pretty well when targeted, which as usual, just wasn't enough."

Sabuda says the New York Times simulator indicates the Bills chances of making the playoffs stand at just above 20% and that's if they win all three games. 

Sabuda also blasted what he called "the epidemic of awful officiating" that's plagued the NFL, calling it "pathetic" that the country's most profitable sports league pays up to $200,000 a year to guys who have other full-time jobs and simply moonlight as NFL officials. Sabuda questions why the NFL can't hire and train full-time officials.

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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.
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