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- This game was the weekend’s only matchup pitting two teams with winning records. It also was another opportunity for New Orleans to show whether they could travel, after having won road games this year at Green Bay and in London.
- Saints Head Coach Sean Payton’s team played one of the most dominating and complete games of the NFL season. The Saints rushed for nearly 300 yards, had six rushing TDs, and at one point, ran 24 consecutive running plays. This is rarely ever seen in the modern day NFL. The only mistakes made by the Saints included a fumble by TE Josh Hill, and a missed extra point.
- An early key decision for New Orleans came in the first quarter. The Bills had taken a 3-0 lead on the opening possession, and their fans were creating momentum for the Bills, who came into the game 4-0 at home. New Orleans drove to the Buffalo 30-yard line and faced a 4th and 1. At this juncture, Saints Head Coach Sean Payton could have decided to attempt a 48-yard FG. Payton instead decided to go for it. The Saints got the first down with RB Mark Ingram running up the middle for 25 yards, and the Saints never looked back in this game.
- Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott never seemed to adjust his defense to deal with the Saints’ running game. However, the Bills had traded one of their best defensive linemen in Marcel Dareus just before the trade deadline, so this was a matchup that simply wasn’t favorable for the Bills.