Saints crush Bills the old fashioned way in Week 10

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Alvin Kamara /

The Saints opened the second half of their 2017 campaign with a brutal, thumping takedown of the Buffalo Bills, 47-10, in Week 10.

The second half of the NFL season is here. This is the time when teams begin to fight for playoff positions or figure out what’s in store for the next season. Let’s be clear, the New Orleans Saints are for real. I believe the Saints showed everyone why on Sunday in Week 10. In fact, they need only two more wins to secure a winning record for the season. This is a feat the Saints have not accomplished in three seasons.

To open up the second half of the season, the Saints displayed dominance with an impressive win on the road by defeating the Buffalo Bills, 47-10.  From start to finish, the coaching staff executed an impactful game plan that served that purpose. The Saints extended their win streak to 7, bringing them to 7-2.

Having a winning record is great. But continuing to build on a winning record and securing a top seed in the playoff bracket is what all teams play for. Especially during the second half of the season.

It has to be a great feeling when this Saints team goes out and wins in the fashion it did. Without solely depending on its leader, Drew Brees with all due respect. I’d be hard pressed to give a game ball to one player. Having said that, I have several game balls to pass around and I’ll explain why.

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Let’s begin by handing the first game ball to Mark Ingram. Ingram had 21 carries, 131 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Saints offensive line took advantage of a weakened Bills front who traded away their once forceful leader, Marcell Dareus before the trade deadline. Ingram averaged 6.2 yard per carry. And many times in the game, he was able to run the ball up the gut without ever losing it. In addition, he is first Saints player since Reggie Bush to rush for 3 touchdowns in a single game.

Next, electrifying rookie Alvin Kamara contributed with 12 carries, 106 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 8.8 yards per carry on the ground and added 5 receptions for 32 yards. As Ingram did, Kamara took advantage of the help that was afforded to him by Saints offensive line. His vision to read the opposing defense and take advantage of open gaps were key in his success on Sunday.

The final game ball goes to the Saints defense. They held Tyrod Taylor to 56 passing yards gaining 2 sacks and an interception. Also, they kept a key component of their offense, LeSean McCoy to 60 total yards from scrimmage.

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All in all, the Saints posted 6 rushing touchdowns, including one from Drew Brees to obtain this win in an old fashioned format. With a win like this, Who Dats should be ecstatic to say the least.

The Saints will travel home to take on the struggling Washington Redskins who are looking to be a part of the playoff picture. The Saints on the other hand, look to continue to build on their win streak and most importantly stay atop the current playoff seed in the NFC.