Coming off of a third consecutive loss and falling to a 5-5 record on the season, the NOLA Saints are faced with a short week by playing Buffalo on Thursday night.
Barely making it into the playoffs currently by sitting as the seven seed, the Saints are going to have to end their losing streak now if they plan on playing into the postseason this year, as three of their next four opponents all have a record over .500.
With that said, let’s check out three ways the New Orleans Saints can win this game over the Buffalo Bills.
NOLA Saints Keys to Victory
Limiting the Bills’ passing game
The Saints enter this week’s game with the 22nd-ranked passing defense in the league going up against the Bills’ seventh-ranked passing offense, so the defense will have to find a way to limit them if they want to win on Thanksgiving. Whether that be the pass rush generating pressure, or Dennis Allen finding success with the blitz, this Saints defense will more than likely have to be the difference-maker in this one.
One matchup that will surely have an impact on the game is Marshon Lattimore vs Stefon Diggs. Lattimore is no stranger to shadowing the opposing team’s best receiver and, more often than not, having success. The secondary will have to have a good and disciplined game to have any chance to win this game.
Going up against wide receivers Cole Beasley and former Saint Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans will miss having C.J. Gardner-Johnson to defend Beasley in the slot. With Paulson Adebo having a solid rookie year and Bradley Roby showing glimpses of why he was a former first-round pick, they both will have to be at the top of their games if they want to limit plays on the outside.
Having shown improvement on the field every year, Marcus Williams is giving every reason as to why the Saints should sign him to a long-term deal this off-season. Coming off a team-high three passes defended last week, Williams will need to have another good game to give the Saints a chance of winning.