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New Orleans Saints Hosting Even Keel Buffalo Bills In Week 8

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:18:32 AM

The New Orleans Saints are 5-1, and their offense is the main reason why as Drew Brees continues to lead one of the most effective passing attacks in the league. The Saints are coming into this game after a bye week, so the Buffalo Bills, who are on their third QB this season, will rely on their defense to keep this game close. Sports books are going to heavily favor the Saints in this game, but the Bills have gotten solid quarterback play out of Thad Lewis since he replaced the injured EJ Manuel, so don’t count this team out just yet.

Buffalo Bills @ New Orleans Saints

Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA

Odds: Saints -12

What To Watch For From The New Orleans Saints

The Saints have become one of the best team’s in the NFL once again, and the return of head coach Sean Payton is a huge reason why. The Saints still rely on the arm of Brees to carry them on offense, but through six games this season Brees has accumulated nearly 2,000 passing yards and 14 touchdowns while completing 66% of his passes. Brees’ favorite target this year has been Jimmy Graham, as the big bodied tight end is averaging nearly 100 receiving yards per game, and has scored at least one touchdown in four games this season. Besides from Graham, Darren Sproles has been another key player for this team as the running back has touched the ball a total of 62 times through both hand-offs and receptions, and on those touches he has gained a total of 484 yards. The bottom line is that the Saints offense can outscore anyone, and the Bills’ defense will have a tough task trying to limit their effectiveness on Sunday.

What To Watch For From The Buffalo Bills

Lewis has stepped in nicely at the quarterback position for the Bills, and the second-year quarterback out of Duke has actually outplayed the highly touted rookie quarterback so far this season. Lewis is completing nearly 63% of his passes, and while that isn’t spectacular, he has thrown for 418 yards and just one interception in his two starts. Lewis however has taken nine sacks, which is alarmingly high, and given how improved the Saints defense is, it could be a tough day for Lewis in the pocket. While Lewis has been serviceable as a short-term backup, C.J. Spiller is still the player this offense relies upon to move the ball. Spiller however has been very underwhelming this season as he is being outperformed by his back-up Fred Jackson, and the two have begun seeing equal time on the field.

Outlook

The Bils’ defense has been a top ten unit this year, but unfortunately they specialize in stopping the run instead of the pass. This means the Saints will simply focus more on throwing the ball as they will attack the weak spot of the Bills’ defense instead of trying to force the run. The Bills’ offense has been surprisingly good this year however, so this game may remain close for a while, but eventually the Saints will pull away and cover the 12-point spread.

Pick: Saints

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