Bills’ defense dominates Saints for lopsided win in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – The Bills often say they don’t ride the roller-coaster of the season the way fans do.

They take pride in their ability to recognize the ebbs and flows and not let any of it affect them one way or the other. Never too high after a win, never too low for a loss.

That’s fine for them, but not so great for their fans because there aren’t many roller-coasters that provide a wilder ride than these Bills have this season. There have been weeks when they’ve looked absolutely dominant, and there have been weeks when they look like a team not even worthy of making the playoffs.

Thursday night at the Superdome, despite the lopsided final score, it was somewhere in the middle. Against an injury-depleted Saints team, the Bills handled their business on both sides of the ball and put together a solid effort in defeating New Orleans 31-6.

Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver celebrates his sack in the first half.

It wasn’t pretty for parts of Thanksgiving night, but in the end, the Bills bounced back from their horrible loss to the Colts last Sunday and momentarily pulled even with the Patriots at 7-4 atop the AFC East.

Here are three quick thoughts:

1. Offensive line still holding team back

What transpired in the second quarter was borderline ridiculous. The offensive line was so bad that Josh Allen could not function. It’s amazing that the Bills were able to get a field goal from Tyler Bass early in that quarter. Of course, they only had to drive 38 yards because Mario Addison came up with a huge fourth-down stop near midfield.

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