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Points after: Saints 35, Bills 17

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NEW ORLEANS
-- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the New Orleans Saints in
the Superdome ...

What it means: The Bills are 3-5 with a to-be-expected result against one of the NFL's supreme teams and in one of the toughest stadiums to play. Thad Lewis turned in another gritty performance, withstanding several shots, but his production was pedestrian.

Player of the game: Drew Brees seemed to have a shaky first
half, yet went into halftime with three touchdown passes, a 149.2 passer rating
and an 11-point lead. He finished 26 of 34 for 332 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

Bills MVP: Fred Jackson was reliable again. Without
backfield mate C.J. Spiller, Jackson
carried the offense as far as he could. Jackson ran 15 times for 45 yards and a touchdown. He had all but 3 of those yards in the first quarter because the Bills were playing from behind. He added two catches for 8 yards.

Bills play of the game: Stevie Johnson capped a fine second-half drive with a leaping grab in the end zone. Johnson had four catches for 42 yards on the series. His touchdown was from 13 yards out.

Preliminary injury report: The Bills deactivated Spiller to
help him overcome his nagging left ankle injury and linebacker Manny Lawson. ... Johnson hobbled off the field in the second quarter with
an apparent left groin injury. He returned later on the same drive, but came
out again in the third quarter and was limited for the rest of the game. ... Running back Tashard Choice had a left leg injury checked out in the fourth quarter and was cleared to play. ... Receiver Marquise Goodwin hurt his left elbow in the fourth quarter and was carted to the locker room.

Coming up: The Bills return home next Sunday to play the
Kansas City Chiefs in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

  • disqus_Y3lcYsNJ40

    Granted they lost on points...but damn it, they played hard and solid.

  • dannyboy71

    It was a home job, though. Notice the suspect defensive holding calls and they never showed a replay. Didn't expect the to win, but the refs made sure they weren't going to be close! They had Brees late in the 4rth and he scrambles away to throw a bomb for a TD to make it 35-17! Holy crap that dude is good! Hang your head high Bills, your not going to beat New Orleans in New Orleans against Brees and the refs!

    • ByTheNumbers

      Always has to be a whiner to cry about the officiating. There has never been a game played where someone didn't feel like a bad call was made. It's part of any game. Get over it!

  • Tank

    From a Saints fan: you guys did play a great game. Very gritty performance from Thad Lewis. And btw, we thought there were many officiating calls that were suspect against the Saints, like TWO consecutive calls against Brees in the second half just for the way he was setting up offensive plays at the line!!! So, I wouldn't just label it a "home job", dannyboy. You guys do deserve to hold your head high....but, for a gritty performance. Good luck in the future.

    • Caseyman1

      Gracious response Tank. Saint's are a talented team but it begins with a great QB is a must and Brees is outstanding. Lewis did as best as we could possibly expect under the circumstances but still a ways to go here - either with Manuel if he develops or someone from the next draft. I did not think the refs really affected the outcome. Would love to see Brees and Manning in the S B. Close in talent there - defense goes to Saints.

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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