The Buffalo Bills are coming off of a humiliating home loss to the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday by a score of 41-15. The Bills did finish the season 1-3 against teams from the AFC South, with the lone win coming over the Houston Texans. It was not just the Bills that had a humiliating home loss this past week as the Tennessee Titans were embarrassed at home against their AFC South rival, the aforementioned Houston Texans. Personally, I think that the Bills didn’t show an ounce of fight and a displayed a lack of energy against the Colts, and I believe the performance by running back Jonathan Taylor shocked the NFL.
The Bills have a big game on Thanksgiving night in the Superdome against the New Orleans Saints. The last time the Bills have ever beaten the Saints was in 1998, the Bills defeated the Mike Ditka led Saints by a score of 45-33. Back to the present…even though this is a road game in a hostile environment, the Saints have many of their best players out, and I think that benefits the Bills.
The last time that the Bills played on Thanksgiving was two years ago in Dallas, and the Bills prevailed over the Cowboys by a score of 26-15. During that, we witnessed one of my most favorite plays and memories of Josh Allen, where he ran for a sneak, fumbled the snap, picked the ball off the ground, was initially stopped and just kept running until he picked up the 1st down. After the game, Josh Allen experienced the traditional post-game turkey leg celebration on field after embarrassing the Cowboys in their own house.
This is a great opportunity for the Bills to get back on the winning side of things and what better place to be than against the Saints in The Superdome? If the Bills are to win, they need to get off to a fast start, avoid the turnovers, and protect Josh Allen. Defensively the Bills will need to get off the field on third downs, and taking the ball away a few times won’t hurt, either.
The Bills’ season can absolutely be reborn if they come out like they did against the Chiefs and the Jets and if Josh Allen is at his very best. Suppose we see the Josh Allen like we saw in Jacksonville and against Colts, then, unfortunately, the season will be hanging by a thread. I will be optimistic and predict that we see the Josh Allen that we are used to seeing with Stefon Diggs lighting up the scoreboard.
This game is big for former Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who spent one season with the Saints as he hopes to make his presents known Thursday Night. In one season in New Orleans, he had 61 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns. I expect a big night from Sanders against the Saints for many reasons, one of them being the revenge he might has on his mind.
I expect a Buffalo win, but it will not be easy and keep in mind that The Superdome is a very loud, hostile place the play. I am confident that the Bills will prevail against any obstacle thrown their way. I am predicting a few lead changes and not much defense due to the talent from both offenses.
Prediction: Bills 42 Saints 38