The five New Orleans Saints players that we highlighted ahead of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills all had solid outings or better in the Saints’ blowout win. As good as these guys played, they surely could have performed even better had the game not been so one-sided.
Here’s a recap of how our five highlighted Saints performed against the Bills.
QB Drew Brees
The Saints signal-caller didn’t have to do much because the team’s running game absolutely overwhelmed the Bills. Even Brees got into the fun, scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season on a nifty seven-yard scramble.
He was efficient with his arm, finishing 18-of-25 for 184 yards. He didn’t come up with any touchdown passes, but honestly, it’s hard to hold that against him given how prolific New Orleans' running game was — they scored a franchise-record six rushing touchdowns.
CB Marshon Lattimore
If you only take a look at the box score, you might think that Lattimore had a monster day. The Saints' top corner, was part of a secondary that gave up just 56 yards passing through three quarters of play from Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. On this day though, the Bills passing woes seemed more an indictment of Taylor, rather than complete dominance from Lattimore and the Saints secondary. The rookie corner finished the outing with the third most tackles of any Saint on Sunday, with five sole ones.
RB Mark Ingram
The Saints workforce in their rushing attack was an absolute beast against the Bills. Ingram busted through potential tackles one after another on his way to a 131-yard, three touchdown performance. He carried the rock 21 times, averaging a whopping 6.2 yards per attempt. After his first score, Ingram decided to have an in-game meet-and-greet with Bills fans. He paid the price then, but he definitely got the last laugh.
"Hey Mark Ingram, lemme get you a beer." #NOvsBUF pic.twitter.com/7vE4PdxUjN— The Ledge (@TheLedgeSports) November 12, 2017
Ingram’s running mates Alvin Kamara (106 yds, 1TD) and Trey Edmunds (48 yards, 1TD) followed his lead and wrecked havoc on the Bills defense as well.
DE Cameron Jordan
It was a bit of unusual day for the two-time Pro Bowler, as it was the first time this season that he failed to appear in the box score. This, however, is not an indication of how he played. Jordan, as Pro Football Focus points out, had a solid outing making life difficult for Bills right tackle Jordan Mills. Per PFF, Jordan recorded five hurries on 21 pass-rushing snaps, which thoroughly contributed to the dreadful day that the Bills’ Taylor had.
WR Michael Thomas
Thomas had his best receiving day this season on Sunday. He totaled 117 yards on a wicked nine catches with 10 targets. Difficult catches, or easy ones, it didn’t matter as Thomas seemed to be able to do whatever he wanted to against the Bills secondary.
Michael Thomas is absurd. pic.twitter.com/OQQFWJzJJ8— Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass) November 13, 2017