The Blaine Report: Bills vs. Saints Takeaways

The Buffalo Bills dominated the New Orleans Saints by a score of 31-6 in The Superdome on Thanksgiving Night. The win was the Bills’ first win over the Saints since 1998. With the win, the Bills advance to 7-4 on the season and right back in the thick of the AFC playoff picture. In the game we also saw the return Dawson Knox, he scored two touchdowns in the big win. Buffalo’s defense had a dominating performance in The Big Easy. Not to take anything away from the defense, but the Saints were missing Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. The Bills did a great job all night getting pressure on Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian.

Josh Allen really needs to watch the turnovers: Josh Allen threw two interceptions on Thursday night, but what kept everyone calm was that the Bills had a comfortable lead throughout. I think the Bills would be a two-loss team if they had prevented the disastrous turnovers against Jacksonville and Indianapolis.

Tre’Davious White’s injury was a heartbreaker: White played college football at LSU, and it was a return to his home state of Louisiana. As always, he was having a really good game before the injury. I knew that he had circled this game on the Bills schedule and that is what makes the injury hurt just a little bit more.

The return of Allen to Knox: Josh Allen and Dawson Knox would connect for two touchdowns, and Knox’s return would set the tone for the evening.

The Bills can play with anybody on any given day: It seems like that we don’t know what Bills team we will see after the Colts loss. Buffalo got off to a fast start in New Orleans and did not show signs of a letdown.

The schedule gets tougher: We have learned the hard way to take it one game at a time for these Bills. Next week, the Patriots come to Orchard Park for Monday Night Football. Followed by a trip down south to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady.

The Bills will have Sunday off, and their AFC East rival, the New England Patriots, will have a crucial home game against the Tennessee Titans. After Buffalo winning in New Orleans, the Bills will need help from the Titans as they visit Gillette to help the Bills hold onto their division lead, which they hold by virtue of a division record tiebreaker.

Buffalo will need to watch Sunday’s game closely coming into the Monday Night Football showdown in Orchard Park. I am confident that it will be another classic between the Bills and the Patriots.

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