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First Downs and Flags: Drew Brees and the Saints Defeat Bills By 18

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis had a rough game Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints, including three turnovers. (Photo: Crystal LoGuidice — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

Sunday was not the best showing for the Buffalo Bills this season and the scoreboard reflected that with a final score of 35-17 in the favor of the New Orleans Saints. That 18-point differential is the largest margin of defeat for the Bills this season, and Sunday was the first time this year that the Bills did not score 20 or more points.

The story of the game was the major differences between the starting quarterbacks. Bills quarterback Thad Lewis had one touchdown and three turnovers, while Saints quarterback Drew Brees had five touchdowns and zero turnovers.

The Bills stayed with the Saints early on in the game, even holding a 10-7 lead in the first half, but that score did not last as the Saints overpowered the Bills offensively and took home the win.

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Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans Saints: Week 8 Live Game Thread

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Doug Marrone made a return to New Orleans to face the Saints. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Bills lost 35-17 to the Saints to fall to 3-5, but the team challenged New Orleans. Drew Brees’ stat-line looks impressive, as he went 26-of-34 for 332 yards and five touchdowns. That said, Buffalo’s defense made Brees uncomfortable as he was sacked four times during the game and pressured consistently.

Even in the face of pressure, Brees made impressive throws that moved the chains or in many cases, went for touchdowns. Brees is a franchise quarterback in the NFL and simply played like one today.

In terms of run defense, the Bills stuffed New Orleans for the majority of the game. This is one positive the Bills can take from the game.

It’s never great to give up 35 points, but one score came on a blown coverage, a second on a deep prayer and their first touchdown came after Thad Lewis’ second fumble in Buffalo territory. Overall, the defense impressed me today and a lot of the mistakes they made can be corrected.

Offensively, Thad Lewis made too many mistakes for the Bills to win, but as wrestling announcer Jim Ross would say, “He’s tougher than a $2 steak.” Lewis took multiple hard hits, including two to his helmet. After the first play of the game, I personally believed that Lewis would not be returning. Lewis took a hard shot to the ribs and stayed down for a while following the play. Thad Lewis isn’t a long-term answer at starter, as that’s E.J. Manuel’s job, but he’s one heck of a backup quarterback going forward.

Lewis isn’t the only tough player on Buffalo’s offense. Both Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson played through pain today and deserve to be praised for their efforts. Other players that stood out today were Marquise Goodwin who showed off great hands and Scott Chandler who had a very up and down day. In terms of receiving, Chandler played well, but his blocking led to a free shot on Lewis as well as a holding call that negated a touchdown.

Up next for the Bills are the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Mark it down folks, if C.J. Spiller plays, the Bills beat the Chiefs next week.

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Week 8 Preview: Buffalo Bills Head to New Orleans to Battle Saints

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

If C.J. Spiller is out of the lineup Sunday, the Bills need running back Tashard Choice to step up. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills travel to their Week 8 game versus the New Orleans Saints with a 3-4 record, having secured a big win last week against the Miami Dolphins. While the Dolphins are not championship contenders, the Bills had been unable to win many games on the road over the past couple of seasons, especially within the division, so while it might be a small step for the Bills, it is a significant one in terms of providing their fan base with some needed confidence.

Sunday’s game, however, will be a bigger test. With a prolific offense and a rapidly improving defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan, the Saints are one of the better teams in the NFC. If the Bills could pull out a win against New Orleans and get back to .500, it could be a turning point for the franchise.

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