NEW ORLEANS – Josh Allen passed 260 yards and four touchdowns, Buffalo’s defense stifled New Orleans’ short-handed offense and the Bills rolled to a 31-6 victory Thursday night that sent the injured Saints to their fourth loss in a row.
Tight end Dawson Knox caught two TD passes, giving him a franchise-best seven TDs in a single season with a tight end. His second goal gave the Bills (7-4) a 24-0 lead.
Stefon Diggs caught seven passes on 74 yards and a touchdown, and running back Matt Breida turned a short pass into a 23-yard scoring.
The Saints (5-6), who played without dynamic running back Alvin Kamara in a third game in a row, were shut out for three quarters. They finally scored on Trevor Siemian’s 11-yard pass to tight-end Nick Vannett on the first game of the fourth.
Buffalo defeated New Orleans 361-190 and the Bills had the ball in 34:38 to the Saints’ 25:01.
The game illustrated how limited the Saints’ offense has become, in part due to injuries to Kamara and star receiver Michael Thomas, who has not played all season, and due to significant changes at quarterback.
New Orleans went 5-2 in matches started by QB Jameis Winston, who took over this season for the retired Drew Brees. But Winston went out of season with a knee injury during New Orleans’ recent win on Oct. 31, and the Saints have lost every game that Siemian has started.
Siemian was 17-of-29 passes in 163 yards, a TD and an interception. Taysom Hill, who is recovering from a foot injury, was active as New Orleans’ backup but did not play.
Brees, by the way, worked the game as a television station, and the breathtaking reception he received from the audience as he was honored on the pitch at the break stood in stark contrast to the collective moans of frustration as one New Orleans drive after another came to a standstill.
Most fans were reported out of the dome early in the fourth quarter, leaving a solid traveling contingent of fans wearing Buffalo blue to close Thanksgiving on a festive note.
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