SAINTS-BILLS GAME OVERVIEW
The New Orleans Saints will play in front of a nationwide audience on Thanksgiving night for the third time in the past four seasons on Thursday night, this time in an interconference clash as they host the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. New Orleans (5-5), currently tied with the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers for what would be the last two NFC Wild Card playoff spots, will look to improve their ranking in the race to the playoffs, while the Bills (6-4) are embroiled in a fierce battle for the lead of the AFC East with the New England Patriots (7-4).
This will be the fourth time New Orleans has played on Thanksgiving, all of which have taken place since 2010 and all wins (in Dallas-2010, against Atlanta-2018, in Atlanta-2019). While the Bills and Saints share small roots in the market, they also have one thing in common that they are backed by two of the National Football League’s most vocal fan bases. Being in the friendly and warm enclosure of the Caesars Superdome on Thursday night should be a boon for New Orleans. The Saints lead the all-time streak 7-4, having pulled off the last five games in the 2001 season opener at Buffalo.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton went 3-0 against Buffalo, the most recent meeting being a 47-10 win at New Era Field on November 12, 2017, when the Saints won 298 rushing yards, the third-highest total in team history and added 20 first rushing downs and six rushing touchdowns, a team-high, in a resoundingly winning contest on the field. Thursday will be the first time the Bills and Saints face off in prime time. It also marks the start of a crucial stage in the NFC playoff race, as it begins a period where four of the next six games will take place inside the Caesars Superdome.
After getting off to a 4-1 start, Buffalo will look to move back to No. 1 in the AFC East with the Patriots and win their second straight division title to force an opponent to feel the effects of Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY in month of January, needing to break a two-game losing streak on the road. New Orleans will be looking to break a three-game losing streak that continued with a 40-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Philadelphia took a 33-7 lead after three quarters and while the Saints outscored the Eagles 22-7 in the final quarter, a lack of consistency in attack, defense and special teams hampered the Black & Gold.
WATCH SAINTS-BILLS ON TV
Fans can follow the action on the following TV channels:
- Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Drew Brees (color analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sideline)
WATCH SAINTS-BILLS ON MOBILE
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