Outside of a late touchdown drive orchestrated by rookie Nathan Peterman that resulted in a seven-yard touchdown pass to Nick O’Leary to pull the Buffalo Bills within 37 points late in Sunday’s 47-10 beatdown by the New Orleans Saints, there wasn’t much to be pleased with as the Bills (5-4) suffered their second consecutive drubbing.
So thorough was the beatdown at the hands of the Saints that only three kneel downs at the end of the game prevented New Orleans from racking up more than 300 yards of offense... ON THE GROUND! Thankfully, backup quarterback Chase Daniel took three straight kneel downs to end the game, and the Saints only managed to rush for 298 yards against a veteran front seven.
Just how bad was the loss? The 37-point smackdown is the worst home loss by the Bills since a 56-10 whupping administered by Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football during Week 11 of the 2007 season.
Of course, in that primetime debacle, Brady passed for five touchdowns (four to Moss), while in Sunday’s setback, the Saints rushed for six touchdowns, the most ever against the Bills.
The other worst home loss in franchise history came during the 1987 season, when the Bills fell to the Indianapolis Colts 47-6 on Oct. 4, 1987. That clunker featured replacement players as the league was mired in a 24-day players’ strike.
Who is Buffalo’s next home opponent, their next chance to erase the futility of Sunday’s debacle? Only the first-place New England Patriots, who come to New Era Field for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, December 3.