3 keys to a NOLA Saints victory vs Bills in Week 12

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Kicking has become a commodity

The player that the Saints probably miss the most aside from Michael Thomas, is Wil Lutz. After playing only one game and then getting let go in the preseason because of an injury, Brett Maher will be the fourth kicker to try and boot it for the Saints.

Rookie kicker Brian Johnson seemed like a promising option for the position, making 5/6 extra points and 7/7 field goals in his first three starts. Then came the Titans game where Johnson went 0/2 on extra points and arguably cost the Saints the win, and costing him his job.

It also doesn’t help the Saints haven’t converted a two-point conversion attempt in the past eight attempts, a streak that started in Week 3 of 2019.

In a game that could potentially come down to the wire, special teams kicking could end up playing a big role in this game. If Maher doesn’t get off to a hot start, the Saints could be left trying to break a two-year-old streak.

A position often taken for granted in the NFL, a kicker has become a hot commodity in New Orleans.

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If the Saints can slow down the Bills’ passing attack, get their own offense going early, and have their kicker do his job, New Orleans has a shot to win this game on Thanksgiving.