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Bills game went as anticipated



That's pretty much how I thought it would go.
 The Bills defense would hang in there but ultimately the Hall of Fame quarterback would be too hard to stop and would hit the 30 point mark.
 The Bills offense, led by a quarterback who began the season on the practice squad and playing without CJ Spiller, would be unable to match Brees and company.


I was left with the same thought I had after the Miami game, even though the Bills found a way to leave South Florida with a victory.  I miss EJ Manuel.  The Bills probably would have lost to the Saints even with Manuel at quarterback but I think he's a better quarterback than Thad Lewis and at the very least, does a better job of getting the ball out on time and avoiding big hits and possible turnovers.
 
I'll give Lewis credit though for hanging in there and throwing passes even while he was subjected to some crushing hits due to breakdowns in pass protection.  When you're blind sided there isn't much a quarterback can do but Lewis does have to work on his ball security.

 The Duke university product has six fumbles(four have been lost) in his three starts.


Lewis was also running a one dimensional offense in the second half since the Bills weren't running the ball effectively and as the deficit grew, they went away from the run game.  In the first half the Bills had 75 yards rushing on 16 carries for an average of 4.7 yards per carry.  In the second half they ran the ball nine times for just 13 yards.

The defense got off to a great start especially considering they were put in bad positions after turnovers from the offense.  The Saints first drive start was at the Bills 22 yard line after a Lewis fumble.  The defense forced a three and out, moving the Saints backwards before they missed a field goal attempt.

On the Saints second possession, the defense recorded another three and out.  Mike Pettine's unit finally broke on drive number three when the Saints got the ball at the Bills 21 yard line after another Lewis fumble.  New Orleans would end up getting a touchdown.

The Bills would come back and somehow took a 10-7 lead with 4:35 remaining in the first half.  At that point the explosive Saints offense was limited to a mere 64 total yards through five possessions.
 
But the Saints would score two more touchdowns before the half would come to an end and would add another with 5:15 left in the third quarter to take a 28-10 lead and take control of the game.

Watching Drew Brees operate the Saints offense was like watching an artist at work.  He precision like accuracy was too much for the Bills pass defense to handle.  Brees ended up completing 26 of 34 for 332 yards and five touchdowns.  The Bills have now given up a league high 20 passing touchdowns.

The defense also took some costly penalties.  On the TD drive before halftime that put New Orleans up 21-10, an illegal contact call on Nickell Robey wiped out what would have been a third and 10 at the Bills 38 yard line.

A Leodis Mckelvin interception in the end zone was negated by a face mask on Mario Williams.

On the TD drive that gave the Saints a 28-10 lead, they were stopped on third and six at the Bills 35 but Jerry Hughes was called for holding which gave New Orleans a first down.

As I said, I didn't give the Bills much of a shot in this one so this defeat doesn't make me feel any less optimistic about the direction of the franchise and the steps they are taking this season.

The good news is we are a week closer to Manuel returning, hopefully for the Jets game on November 17th.
 
Spiller got a much needed rest and the defense won't face a quarterback the rest of the season as challenging as Brees. Yes.  I know they will play Tom Brady one more time.

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