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Bills obliterated at home by the Saints, 47-10

The Bills suffer their first loss at New Era Field, and drop to 5-4 on the season

November 12, 2017 - 9:50 am

The Buffalo Bills were trying to improve to 5-0 at New Era Field this season as they hosted the red-hot New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. The winners of six-straight games continues their dominance in Buffalo, as they blow the Bills out 47-10. The rushing attack was the story for New Orleans, as they finished with 482 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. However, 298 yards of their total offensive yards was just on the ground between Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, and Trey Edmunds. 

Coming into the game, tight end Charles Clay, cornerback E.J. Gaines, and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson were all listed as questionable to play with injuries. The Bills were able to have the services of Clay (knee) and Henderson (back) throughout the game, but Gaines (hamstring) was listed as inactive. Here were the official inactives for the game:

On only the second play of the game, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin got into the action for the first time as a Bill. Tyrod Taylor found Benjamin, with cornerback Marshon Lattimore draped all over him, for a nine-yard gain. The Bills continued the drive with great play calls on a LeSean McCoy pitch, and Taylor quarterback draw to get into the red zone. Two throws to Benjamin went incomplete, and the Bills had to settle for a 37-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka. 

The Saints responded immediately, marching down the field and finishing with an Ingram one-yard touchdown run. The Saints converted a 4th and 1 on the drive, where Ingram was lined up at fullback, and took the carry for 25-yards. 

The Saints were closing in on taking a 14-3 lead late in the first quarter. In the redzone, tight end Josh Hill fumbled a completed pass from quarterback Drew Brees, and Kyle Williams jumped on the loose ball. However, the Bills offense failed to move the ball, punting after a five-play drive.

New Orleans did get that 14-3 lead on their next drive, and it was Ingram again, who punched it in from three-yards out.

On the ensuing kickoff, Saints linebacker Daniel Lasco hit Brandon Tate and went down to the turf, lying motionless for many minutes. Lasco ended up being taken off the field in an ambulance, and the initial report was that he suffered a spine injury. 

The Bills were unable to get any movement on their next drive, but the Saints did. This time, the Bills stopped them inside the 10-yard line, forcing a 23-yard field goal from Will Lutz. 

Buffalo ended the first half with another three-and-out series, and trailed by a 17-3 deficit.

The second half could not have started worse for the Bills. The Saints marched down the field on their first drive, capitalizing with an Alvin Kamara five-yard touchdown run.

New Orleans then forced an interception from Tyrod Taylor after a bobbled pass off the hands of Charles Clay ends up in the possession of Shedlon Rankins. Rankins returned the interception to the Buffalo three-yard line. Ingram was called upon again by the Saints, as he punched it in on the next play to put the Saints up 30-3. Lutz's extra-point attempt was no good. 

The Saints really made the Bills defense look bad on their next drive, running for ten straight plays for 94 yards and a touchdown run from Brees.

After another three-and-out from the Bills, New Orleans went on another long, 14-play drive which resulted in a field goal. The Saints had a stretch of 23-straight run plays that helped them add 17-points to the scoreboard.

Nathan Peterman came on in relief of Taylor late in the fourth quarter, but wasn't able to do much on his first drive. After a first down pickup on the first play of the drive, the Bills turned the ball over on downs after missing out on a 4th and 1 at their own 44-yard line.

The Saints added one more rushing touchdown to break a franchise record as Edmunds broke free for a 41-yard touchdown run.

Peterman did go down the field one more time, throwing his first career touchdown to Nick O'Leary from seven-yards out.

Buffalo then tried an onside kick to extend the game, but Kamara recovered to seal the 47-10 victory.


First Quarter:

  • 3-0 Bills (10:58) - Steven Hauschka's 36-yard field goal attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yards, 4:02
  • 7-3 Saints (6:18) - Mark Ingram runs it in for a 1-yard touchdown. Will Lutz's extra-point is good. 
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yards, 4:32

Second Quarter: 

  • 14-3 Saints (9:03) - Ingram punches in his second rushing touchdown from 2-yards out. Lutz's extra-point attempt is successful. 
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yards, 4:47
  • 17-3 Saints (1:39) - Lutz's 23-yard field goal attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:04

Third Quarter:

  • 24-3 Saints (9:40) - Alvin Kamara goes for a 5-yard rushing touchdown. Lutz's extra-point is good. 
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:20
  • 30-3 Saints (8:24) - Ingram gets his third rushing touchdown of the day from 3-yards out. Lutz misses the extra-point attempt. 
    • Drive info: 1 play, 3 yards, 0:05
  • 37-3 Saints (0:22) - Drew Brees escapes the pocket and runs it in for a 7-yard touchdown. Lutz's extra-point is good.
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 94 yards, 6:33

Fourth Quarter:

  • 40-3 Saints (5:17) - Lutz's field goal attempt is good from 50-yards out. 
    • Drive info: 13 plays, 38 yards, 9:01
  • 47-3 Saints (3:04) - Trey Edmunds breaks free for a 41-yard rushing touchdown, Lutz's extra-point attempt is good.
    • Drive info: 2 plays, 44 yards, 0:51
  • 47-10 Saints (1:54) - Nathan Peterman converts on a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nick O'Leary. Hauschka's extra-point attempt is good. 
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:10




Buffalo Bills:

Nate Peterman: 7 of 10, 79 yards, TD

Tyrod Taylor: 9 of 18, 56 yards, INT

New Orleans Saints:

Drew Brees: 18 of 25, 184 yards


Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 8 carries, 49 yards

Tyrod Taylor: 3 carries, 27 yards

Patrick DiMarco: 1 carry, 0 yards

Mike Tolbert: 2 carry, -2 yards

Deonte Thompson: 1 carry, -5 yards

New Orleans Saints:

Mark Ingram: 21 carries, 131 yards, 3 TDs

Alvin Kamara: 12 carries, 106 yards, TD

Trey Edmunds: 9 carries, 48 yards, TD

Zach Line: 1 carry, 9 yards

Drew Brees: 2 carries, 6 yards, TD

Chase Daniel: 3 carries, -2 yards


Buffalo Bills:

Kelvin Benjamin: 3 receptions, 42 yards

Patrick DiMarco: 3 receptions, 21 yards

Mike Tolbert: 2 receptions, 17 yards

Jordan Matthews: 1 reception, 14 yards

Charles Clay: 2 receptions, 13 yards

LeSean McCoy: 3 receptions, 11 yards

Deonte Thompson: 1 reception, 10 yards

Nick O'Leary: 1 reception, 7 yards, TD

New Orleans Saints:

Michael Thomas: 9 receptions, 117 yards

Alvin Kamara: 5 receptions, 32 yards

Brandon Coleman: 1 reception, 30 yards

Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 reception, 4 yards

Ted Ginn Jr.: 1 reception, 3 yards

Josh Hill: 1 reception, -2 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Jordan Poyer: 10 tackles

Ramon Humber: 10 tackles

Shaq Lawson: 1 pass defended

Tre'Davious White: 1 pass defended

New Orleans Saints:

Sheldon Rankins: 1 sack, INT

Alex Okafor: 1 sack, 1 pass defended


Total Yards:

Bills: 198
Saints: 482

Passing Yards:

Bills: 129
Saints: 184

Rushing Yards:

Bills: 69
Saints: 298

First Downs:

Bills: 10
Saints: 32


Bills: 8 for 56 yards
Saints: 4 for 41 yards

Time of Possession:

Bills: 18:37
Saints: 41:23

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