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Bills lack scoring punch in loss to Saints

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills' offense had been clicking through two weeks, scoring the second-most points in the AFC.  The Bills' defense ranked No. 31 in league in pass defense and had given up over 700 yards in two games.  This afternoon against the New Orleans Saints, the defense held its own against the vaunted Saints attack led by Drew Brees, while the offense fell flat in a 27-7 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Buffalo's defense held the Saints to only ten points in the first 50 minutes of this contest.  Three of those were gift-wrapped by a Roscoe Parrish punt return fumble that placed New Orleans inside field goal range.  Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel each had a sack (seriously), with Schobel forcing and recovering a fumble on his sack of Brees.  The offense was out of sorts (to say the least), but the team put seven points on the board when Brian Moorman his Ryan Denney for a touchdown on a fake field goal.  Despite the lack of scoring in the first half, Trent Edwards (104) and Brian Moorman (25) combined for more yards than Brees (114) and the Bills were only trailing 10-7.

In the second half, the Bills' struggles on offense continued and Buffalo failed to score.  Constantly playing from behind, Buffalo never got into an offensive rhythm.  Terrell Owens went without a catch for the first time in 186 games, and the offense failed to score a point for the first time under offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.  The defense eventually folded, allowing two late rushing touchdowns, but were hurrying Brees all night, holding him under 200 yards passing for the first time since Week 13 of the 2007 season.

Brian will have a recap tonight or in the morning.  Leave your postgame thoughts here.