Saints vs Bills: Report Card

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Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) celebrates after a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Bills 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Offense:93 A

Drew Brees and the Saints offense got off to a rough start. Sure, Brees ended with 26 for 34, 322 yards passing, and a whopping 5 touchdown passes. Not to mention he spread the ball to 10 different receivers. Yeah, when Brees got his game on, he was ON. The “other Kenny” had a fantastic receiving day, three catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including a 69 yard scorcher that really had fans up on their feet. It was nice to see Jimmy Graham have three catches for two scores considering all the reports of his foot injury. I don’t think the reports of Jimmy Graham’s injury was Sean Payton blowing smoke. I think that it is more about the toughness and the grit that Graham has that makes him want to play through those injuries, and play well.

The frustrating part of the game was the four sacks Brees had to absorb, not to mention the amount of times the Bills defensive front met the ball carrier behind the line. There were a few things the Saints did to minimize the impact the Bills defense had on the offensive line but, as has been the case the whole season, there were some issues in containing this talented Bills D-line. In the pros, every line is talented to a degree and the Saints offensive line is going to have to find a way to step up or some familiar faces may play their way out of starting positions. Though, I will say that the running game got some traction, despite the breakdowns in the backfield. There is potential, but there are also many weaknesses to overcome.

 

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