The Buffalo Bills walked into the locker room to a chorus of boos Sunday afternoon. The New Orleans Saints lead the Bills 17-3. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have bulled through Buffalo’s run defense, and Drew Brees has been his usual surgical self in picking apart the secondary. A Josh Hill fumble near the goalline was recovered by Buffalo and kept the Saints from finding paydirt on their second drive of the game, but otherwise they’re playing with the same form they’ve shown during their six game winning streak - all four offensive drives made it inside the Buffalo 15.
Buffalo had early success against the New Orleans defense, using option looks on their opening script to drive down to the red zone. Tyrod Taylor missed two throws to new acquisition Kelvin Benjamin, and the drive fizzled with a field goal. Since then, they’ve inexplicably thrown out the idea of throwing to a wide receiver. LeSean McCoy has been targeted on four passes, Mike Tolbert and Patrick DiMarco on one each, and outside of Benjamin’s first-drive targets, Deonte Thompson and Charles Clay are the only other players to have a single pass go their way.
The game had a scary moment when Saints running back and special teams gunner Daniel Lasco slammed his helmet into Bills returner Brandon Tate during a kickoff return. Lasco crumpled to the ground and was taken away in an ambulance, though he gave the crowd a thumbs up as he was loaded in.
Bills corner Shareece Wright was poked in the eye but returned to the game shortly thereafter. Saints linebacker A.J. Klein left the game with an ankle injury and isn’t likely to return.
The Saints, who deferred the initial kickoff, will start the second half with the ball. That gives them a chance to stretch their lead even further if the Bills don’t settle in with some halftime adjustments.
We’re talking about the second half in here. Go Bills!