5 Reasons Why Saints Will Defeat The Bills
Below are five reasons why the Saints will defeat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.
Actually, that should probably read "might defeat", but truthfully, I do think the Saints will win, and extend their current win streak to 7 games.
In another segment, Greg Larnerd gives 5 reasons why the Saints will lose.
5 reasons why the Saints will defeat the Bills:
1)---Bills Pass Defense: Buffalo ranks 26th in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 250.3 pass yards-per-game, while New Orleans ranks 5th in the league in passing yards, throwing for 269.8 yards-per-game. The Bills have allowed three opposing quarterbacks to throw for over 300 yards this season, including Jameis Winston, who threw for 384 yards against the Buffalo defense on October 23. This looks like a good match-up for Drew Brees, who should have success through the air against the Bills' secondary.
2)---Cameron Jordan: One of the more underrated players in the NFL over the last few seasons, Jordan is finally getting the acclaim he deserves, and with good reason. Halfway through the season, he has 38 total tackles, which puts him on pace to have 76, which would be a career-high. He also has 7 sacks, which puts him 10th in the league, and on pace to compile 14, which would be another career-high. As good as he's been, Jordan is having a career-year, and Buffalo doesn't have anybody up front that looks like they can slow him down.
3)---Saints Defense: The Bills are a running team. When they have exceeded 100 yards gained on the ground, they are 4–0. Meanwhile, when opponents held them below 100 rushing yards, the Bills are 1–3. LeSean McCoy, in the Bills’ five victories, gained more than 75 yards on the ground for an average of 3.8 yards or more per carry in four of those. In the three losses, he never accumulated more than 63 rushing yards, while his average per carry did not exceed 3.3. The New Orleans defense has held opposing offenses under 100 rushing yards in half of their wins. More importantly, they have not allowed more than 24 points in any of their wins. McCoy is outstanding, but the Saints' defense is playing well enough to not allow him to have a big game, something that Buffalo will need from him, if they expect to win.
4)---Pressure On The QB: The Saints are tied for 10th in the league, with 23 sacks, while the Bills are 27th, with only 14. Tyrod Taylor is playing pretty good football right now, but who would you rather have; Taylor with not a lot of time, or Brees with plenty of time?
5)---Lack Of Buffalo Playmakers: There's a reason the Bills traded for Kelvin Benjamin. Tight end Charles Clay leads the team in receiver yards (258), and McCoy is second (242). Jordan Matthews, with 239 yards, leads all Buffalo receivers, and he has only one touchdown reception. By comparison, the Saints have three receivers with more receiving yards, in Michael Thomas (545), Ted Ginn (480), and Brandon Coleman (252). The Bills are likely going to have to work to hard to gain yards.