TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Weather: High 68, Low 48
Line: New Orleans (-11)
Losing to the New England Patriots the last time they took the field, the New Orleans Saints feel like they have a lot to prove even if they are still an impressive 5-1 on the season. It can almost go without saying, but Drew Brees is one of the top quarterbacks in the league today. The veteran quarterback and NFL record-breaker has passed for 1,958 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season for the second-best passing offense in the league. Brees has found a new favorite target that once used to be Marques Colston. That target is tight end Jimmy Graham who has 37 catches for 593 yards and six touchdowns on the season. Colston is still having a solid season, catching 24 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown. Like always, the Saints aren’t known for their run game and therefore rank 22nd in the NFL in that category.
The Buffalo Bills have had some bad luck with injuries this season as C.J. Spiller has suffered with a nagging injury and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has fallen to the injury bug as well with a knee injury that will keep him out another 3-5 weeks. Thaddeus Lewis has filled in at quarterback for the injured Manuel and has done pretty well, passing for 418 yards and two touchdowns with a 62 percent completion rate and running for another score. While losing Manuel hurts, Lewis has stepped in and picked up right where the talented rookie left off. Stevie Johnson will likely continue to be the top target, catching 26 passes for 315 yards and two scores. The run game is led by Fred Jackson and Spiller. Jackson has 380 yards and five rushing touchdowns while the younger Spiller has 362 yards and one score.
Defensively, the Bills are a lower-tier unit. They rank 22nd in the league in points allowed per game while also ranking 24th in the league in yards allowed per contest. Having a week run defense, however, could be a problem moving forward as they rank 28th in the league in rush yards allowed per game. New Orleans has been much improved this season compared to last year’s team. The Saints rank fourth in scoring defense and 11th in total defense while also ranking in the top-10 in passing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Bills 20, Saints 34