Week 10: Bills vs. Saints
The Bills head back home licking their wounds after a terrible loss at the Meadowlands. They have an extra few days to get ready for a Saints team that has won six straight games and is among the hottest teams in the league. The Bills best best is that this game is at home where the Bills are undefeated on the season.
Sunday, Nov. 12th
FACTS AND FIGURES
||Buffalo (5-3) vs. New Orleans (6-2)
||New Era Field
||Network: FOX; DirecTV: 711; Sirius: 82; SiriusXM: 82
||Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, and Kristina Pink
||Saints by 3
||Saints lead 6-4
||Saints Won 4
||Saints 35-17 in New Orleans (2013)
||Rush (7th); Pass (4th); overall (2nd)
||Rush (19th); Pass (12th); overall (15th)
||Rush (11th); Pass (30th); overall (26th)
||Rush (8th); Pass (26th); overall (22nd)
The Bills are pretty healthy for the halfway point of the season after their mini bye. Cordy Glenn is experiencing soreness in his foot and ankle that has cost him practice time again this week. Zay Jones may miss the game after missing practice time with an ankle injury suffered against the Jets. The Bills should get Charles Clay and E.J. Gaines back this week.
The Saints OT Terron Armstead and S Kenny Vaccaro have missed practice time this week with chest and groin injuries respectively.
Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.
WR Kelvin Benjamin vs. CB Marshon Lattimore:
All eyes are on Benjamin's debut as a Bill but he will be shadowed all day by the best rookie cornerback this side of Tre'Davious White. This is the biggest matchup of the game.
DB Tre'Davious White vs. WR Michael Thomas:
In a way this a matchup between White and Lattimore for top rookie DB but White will be following the Saints best receiver Thomas all over the field.
DE Jerry Hughes vs. LT Terron Armstead:
Hughes has not been a pass rushing demon like you would hope. He goes up against the banged up Armstead if he is able to go and needs to get pressure on Drew Brees to keep the Saints passing game in check.
RB LeSean McCoy vs. LB A.J. Klein:
The Bills need a big game from Shady to keep the ball away from the Saints offense. Klein leads the Saints in tackles from the strongside linebacker spot.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Stop Saints Run Game: In the past you worried only about the Saints passing game but they now have a solid running game with their two headed monster of veteran Mark Ingram the red hot rookie Alvin Kamara. Howard Simon tweeted this nugget, Ingram is 10th among RBs in the league in yards from scrimmage and Kamara is 13th.
2. Win The Turnover Battle: The Bills have lived by the turnover and died by the turnover. They need to win this battle to win games it's even more important this week.
3. Take Chances In Passing Game: Yes they need to win the turnover battle but that doesn't mean you don't take more chances when throwing the ball. With Benjamin and the return of Clay, Tyrod Taylor has weapons and needs to let them make plays.
BILLS DAILY PREDICTION
On paper this game should be a loss for the Bills but the Saints have to lose again sometime and the Bills are a different (better) team at home. I think the egg they layed in New Jersey has been weighing on them for a week and a half and they will be ready to pull off the slight upset:
Bills 23, Saints 21
Season Prediction Record: (4-4)
Season Record Against The Spread: (2-4-2)
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