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Beyond The Playbook: Is there hope for the Bills next season?

The Bills have two meaningless games left to close out the season as they continue their 16-year playoff dry spell. The first is Sunday, as Buffalo meets the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Football analyst Matt Sabuda says Sunday's game could be interesting to see how the Bills tinker with different players and schemes as they use the last two games to build toward next season. 

While Buffalo has once again missed the playoffs, Sabuda says there is more young talent on this team than many expected.

"Many thought that this season would be driven by the talent of veterans like Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Percy Harvin, LeSean McCoy. Other than McCoy, the other guys didn't have much of an impact. Fans should be pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the unexpectedly good play of guys like Ronald Darby, Karlos Williams, John Miller and, of course, Tyrod Taylor. All are young and raw talents who appear to be trending in the right direction," he said on Thursday's edition of WBFO's Beyond The Playbook.  

"The administration and coaching staff is really going to need to get together to create the right environment to take this talent to the next level. It's their track record that worries me," said Sabuda. "Hopefully the Pegulas will be quicker to act with the Bills than they were with the Sabres."

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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.