The Buffalo Bills face off against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in their 10th ever match-up against each other. It will be the fifth time that the Bills will travel to New Orleans and the first since 1998. The Saints lead the all-time series over the Bills 5-4 and are currently enjoying a three-game winning streak against them.
The last match-up between the two teams in Buffalo in 2009 was the only time that the Bills faced the Saints with Drew Brees at QB. The Saints won the game 27-7. Brees had a quiet but efficient day going 16-of-20 for 172 yards. Running back Pierre Thomas was the star of the day for the Saints with 126 rushing yards, all in the second half, and two touchdowns. Trent Edwards was the starting QB for the Bills that day. He went 20-of-35 for 156 yards. The only Bills TD came on a fake field goal attempt when P Brian Moorman hit DE Ryan Denney with a 25-yard TD pass.
The last match-up that the two teams played in the Superdome goes back all the way to 1998 (the Bills played the Saints in San Antonio in 2005 when the Superdome was closed due to Katrina damage). The Bills won a shootout that day by a score of 45-33. The starting QBs for each team were Rob Johnson and Billy Joe Tolliver. Johnson went 12-of-18 for 216 yards with three touchdowns. Jonathan Linton led the Bills in rushing with 60 yards on the ground, and Jay Riemersma led the team with three receptions for 26 yards.
The Bills will face a tall task this Sunday when they match up Thad Lewis, in his third start, against the future Hall-Of-Famer Brees. Regardless of the outcome it is always fun to see a team that you barely ever play and play in a stadium where you haven’t played in over a decade. We’ll see if the Bills can tie up the season series at five wins apiece.