A preview of the Buffalo Bills week ten matchup with the New Orleans Saints
The Buffalo Bills are trying to rebound from their worst lost of the season vs the Jets that put them at 5-3. The Bills got some much-needed long rest and preparation time as they will host the hottest team in the NFL in the New Orleans Saints.
The Occasion: Week 10- 2017 NFL Season
Where: New Era Field – Orchard Park, New York
Time: 1:00 PM
The Saints’ current six game winning streak must be addressed. After early season losses to New England and Minnesota, the Saints have not lost.
The last few years, the Saints have not been the best team. They used to be able to pass the football led by Drew Brees and couldn’t defend the pass on the other end.
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On defense, the spot they needed to improve the most, they have. New Orleans has given up just over 19 points a game and only 210 pass yards.
They are not the same Saints team head coach Sean McDermott saw twice a year when he was with Carolina.
Battle of the Rooks
The rookies will be fun to watch for both sides. They are represented well on both teams.
Jones played great last game against the Jets but left the game banged up. He is going to try to ride the momentum of a career game and one up his performance on Sunday.
Kamara has been a stand out this year for New Orleans. He has three TDs and over 300 yards on just 52 carries.
Each team has an offensive rookie weapon of their own to try to use.
Both rookies were selected in the first round of this year’s draft. They both have also turned a lot of heads by looking like border line elite corners.
I don’t see either QB testing the rookies very much and the skills they show each defensive possession will be a joy to watch.
Kelvin Benjamin has practiced all week. He noted he was happy to be in Buffalo and on Sunday, Buffalo will find out if they are just as happy to have him.
Benjamin will make his Bills debut. It is unknown what role he will play in the Bills’ offense.
The Bills need every weapon they can get against a Saints team with a ton of offensive weapons themselves.
Shady Shady Shady
Not much to note here. The biggest take away from every Bills game this year is simple. If Shady gets going so do the Bills.
The Saints’ defense has drastically improved, but LeSean McCoy still needs to get going and have himself a game.
When it is Shady in Buffalo, the victories pile up.
Buffalo and Its Weather
The Bills have one potentially huge advantage in this game. It is not a statistical or even a tangible advantage,
The weather for kickoff on Sunday is set to be cloudy and just around 40 degrees.
Historically, Drew Brees has a rough track record in cold weather games, and as he is now older, I do not expect it to be any easier on Sunday.
The Saints play eight games in a dome and then a game each in Tampa, Carolina, and Atlanta. In at least 11 of their 16 games, weather is a non factor.
Granted, the Saints won in Green Bay a few weeks ago but against an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers.
Cold is the norm in Buffalo so the Bills know what to expect. They need to come out and allow the coldness to shock the Saints early.
Charles Clay is expected to play after missing three games, if his role will be limited or not is to be determined.
All time, the Saints lead the Bills 6-4, including the last four meetings.
The Bills and Saints once played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, not New Orleans in 2005 due to the damages caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The Bills will play their 5th game at home looking to improve to 5-0 at home this year.
After the Saints, it is AFC opponents for the Bills for the rest of the year.
Buffalo currently holds the last playoff spot in the AFC.
Bills Mafia will be ready to pack New Era Field in chilly weather to try to put a stop to the Saints’ streak.
Tyrod Taylor will be responsible for at least three total TDs.
Next Week the Bills hit the road for a game in Los Angeles vs the Chargers.