Buffalo Bills Get Back To Fundamentals In Thanksgiving Win Over New Orleans Saints

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills Get Back To Fundamentals In Thanksgiving Win Over New Orleans Saints

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Buffalo Bills Get Back To Fundamentals In Thanksgiving Win Over New Orleans Saints

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To round out the Thanksgiving slate of games it was a matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. With both teams suffering brutal losses in week 11 they would look to get back on track, it would be the Bills that did so with a 31-6 win. 

After the Bills defense forced a three-and-out on the Saints offense for the opening drive the Bills offense would go out and score first. Josh Allen would get Stefon Diggs involved early with a 14-yard pass. The drive would go on to consist of Allen only passing the ball three times, while they rushed the ball seven times between Allen, Matt Breida, and Devin Singletary. The drive would end with Dawson Knox in the end zone. 

The Bills touchdown would be the only first-quarter score. The only other score of the first half would be a Bills field goal. Both defenses were showing out in the first half. For the Bills, Efe Obada and Ed Oliver would get .5 sacks, and Mario Addison had one as well. For the Saints, Kaden Elliss would have a sack, and on back-to-back defensive drives they would come away with an interception. 

The Bills would start the second half with the ball. A drive that would feature a ten-yard run by Allen, an 11 and 15-yard run by Singletary would add onto the 11 play drive. The drive took six minutes off the clock and ended in Allen finding Diggs for the touchdown.

The Bills defense would follow up with another three-and-out, and the Bills offense when they got back on the field would establish another scoring drive. The score was set up by Allen finding Gabriel Davis for 21-yards and would end with Allen throwing to Knox for his second touchdown of the night. 

The Saints would finally get a score to open the fourth quarter with a 10 play, 75-yard drive. The score would come from Trevor Siemian passing the ball to Nick Vannett for an 11-yard touchdown. The Saints would attempt a 2-point conversion but failed to complete it.

With eight minutes in the fourth quarter, the Bills would further extend their lead as Allen would find Matt Breida on a screen pass for the touchdown. It would virtually be a Jordan Poyer interception for the Bills defense that would seal the game.

Stefon Digg was Josh Allen’s top target hauling in seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Outside of the two interceptions, Allen would have an efficient night. He completed 23/28 passes for 260 yards, four touchdowns. He also got back to running the ball as he had 43-yards. The run game in general was more balanced for the Bills as they had 32 rushing attempts for 113 yards.

The Buffalo Bills get a much-needed win to improve their record to 7-4 as they head back to Buffalo to prepare for a divisional matchup against the New England Patriots. The extra days to prepare for this matchup will be crucial for the Bills to get ready for this Monday night matchup as it will be for first place in the AFC East standings. The New Orleans Saints on the other hand fall to 5-6 and will be staying home for another Thursday night matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

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