Allen throws for 4 touchdowns as Bills defeats the Hobbled Saints, 31-6
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Josh Allen had 260 yards and four touchdowns, the Buffalo defense smothered the New Orleans shorthanded offense and the Bills claimed a 31-6 victory on Thursday night, which sent the Saints ravaged by the injuries in their fourth straight loss.
Close end Dawson Knox caught two touchdown passes, which gave him seven touchdowns, the best in the franchise in a single season by a tight end. His second score gave the Bills (7-4) a 24-0 lead.
Stefon Diggs caught seven passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, and running back Matt Breida turned a short pass into 23 yards.
The Saints (5-6), playing without dynamic running back Alvin Kamara for a third straight game, were shut out for three quarters. They eventually scored on Trevor Siemian’s 11-yard pass to tight end Nick Vannett in the opening play of the fourth.
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Buffalo edged New Orleans 361-190 and the Bills held the ball 34:38 to 25:01 for the Saints.
The game illustrated how limited the Saints’ offense has become, in part due to injuries to Kamara and star receiver Michael Thomas, who hasn’t played all season, and to significant changes in the team. quarterback.
New Orleans went 5-2 in games started by QB Jameis Winston, who took over from retired Drew Brees this season. But Winston came out for the season with a knee injury in New Orleans’ last win on Oct. 31 and the Saints have lost every game Siemian has started.
Siemian had 17 of 29 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Taysom Hill, who just injured his foot, was active as a New Orleans substitute but did not play.
By the way, Brees was working the game as a broadcaster and the loud reception he received from the crowd when he was honored on the pitch at halftime contrasted sharply with the collective moans of frustration when one New Orleans drive after another stalled.
Most fans had walked out of the Dome by the start of the fourth quarter, leaving a strong roving contingent of fans wearing Buffalo Blue to close Thanksgiving on a celebratory note.
The result could have been more lopsided if the Saints hadn’t intercepted Allen twice – once deep in New Orleans territory when defensive end Cameron Jordan punched Allen as he was throwing and linebacker Kwon Alexander made a diving capture of the floating ball.
It was Allen’s third game of four in which he had multiple turnovers. The previous two were losses, but this time it only kept the Bills from winning even more.
Saints cornerback Bradley Roby had New Orleans’ first interception near midfielder in the first half.
Allen threw seven interceptions and lost a fumble in his last four games.
Invoices: CB Tre’Davious White, a former LSU star playing in his home country for the first time as a pro, appeared to injure his left knee in the second quarter. He was able to limp off the pitch on his own, but slammed his helmet near the bench, then walked to the locker room with a towel over his head and didn’t come back.
Saints: LB Kaden Ellis left the game with a hamstring injury. … Rookie cornerback Paulson Adebo was sidelined after a heavy collision in the fourth quarter.
Bills: Host the New England Patriots in a Monday night showdown for the AFC East top spot on December 6.
Saints: Host the Dallas Cowboys next Thursday night.
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