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Saints vs Bills: Report Card

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Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) tackles Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham (11) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated Buffalo 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Defense: 93 A

The defense was, again up and down. It gave up some serious yardage, especially on the ground, and regullary allowed the Bills a chance to convert on third down. The pressure the Saints were able to put on Thad Lewis, though, was the true key to the game. Lewis frequently was harried and even lost a few fumbles. The one that was painful to watch involved Junior Galette. He couldn’t be stopped on his way to knocking Lewis to the turf. All in all, the Saints caused four fumbles, two that were recovered, and an interception. That is a fantastic outing and one for the defense to be happy about.

The big plays, especially from Scott Chandler and Marquis Goodwin, were what gave Saints fans some indigestion, and rightfully so. We have all seen this type of defense before. When Greg Williams ran the defense, it started to get to the point that teams could hold off the pass rush and carve up the back end of the defense. That hasn’t happened yet because Rob Ryan is very creative with his blitzes but until the Saints can find a way to consistently rush up front with four or less, there will continue to be issues with big plays.

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