Thursday Night Football: Josh Allen, Bills roll to 31-6 victory over Saints

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Josh Allen threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills cruised to a 31-6 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving night.

Dawson Knox caught two touchdowns, and Stefon Diggs and Matt Breida also found the end zone as the Bills out-classed the Saints.

New Orleans found themselves down 24-0 before finally scoring points on the first play of the fourth quarter. It’s the first time the Saints have been held to six points or less since a 24-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Nov. 29, 2015.

Allen and Knox connected for their first touchdown of the night on Buffalo’s opening possession as the Bills jumped out front. Knox’s 7-yard touchdown gave Buffalo a 7-0 lead.

After a Tyler Bass 34-yard field goal made it a 10-0 game, the Saints would twice turn the ball over on downs with failed fourth down attempts on the edges of Bills territory. Despite the advantageous field position, the Bills were unable to take further advantage as Allen was intercepted twice, once by Bradley Roby and once by Kwon Alexander, to keep the Saints in reach.

However, the Saints offense couldn’t answer. They were limited to just 68 yards of total offense until deep into the third quarter.

A 5-yard touchdown pass to Diggs and a 24-yard touchdown to Knox extended the Bills advantage to 24-0 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter. Diggs caught seven passes for 74 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo.

Then the Saints managed to put together their only successful drive of the night. Trevor Siemian connected with tight end Nick Vannett on an 11-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to finally get the Saints on the board. The touchdown pass to Vannett capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive for the Saints that finally yielded points.

A two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful as the Bills maintained a 24-6 lead.

It took just over two minutes for the Bills to strike again with Allen and Breida connecting for a 23-yard touchdown as the Bills advantage grew to 31-6.

Siemian was then picked off by safety Jordan Poyer on the Saints ensuing drive. Siemian completed 17-of-29 passes for 163 yards with a touchdown and an interception for New Orleans. Without Alvin Kamara or Mark Ingram, the Saints managed just 44 rushing yards with Tony Jones gaining just 27 yards on 16 carries.

19 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Josh Allen, Bills roll to 31-6 victory over Saints

  1. Josh Allen is somethin’else.

    Back on track. They’re not the best team in the league, but they’re right in the mix. It’s so cool to have such a huge division game next week. Been awhile since we’ve had that in the AFCE.

    Best to Tre! Hope he’s okay, but if not, next man up.

  2. The only reason they’re continuing with this Siemian farce is I guess because Taysom Hill isn’t healthy. Taysom was 3-1 last year as the starter. Siemian is 0-4.

  3. The Bills have had their successes, bumps, let downs and screw ups this season, but Star and Spencer will be back and it’s time to go to work…

  4. Hopefully we just tank for a pick at this point. Cant imagine not trying is gonna look too much different than what Siemian offers rn

  5. Well it was pretty quick that this one turned out to be a turkey of a game while the vegas/dallas game was the pumpkin pie… but does lead to a watching eye for the top spot in the AFC east with the pats entering some expected lumpy gravy for the next four games which will prove if they will get stuffed and are just lame as they battle with the bills for all the glory and whipped cream with a first round bye being the ultimate dream.

  6. MortimerInMiami says:
    November 25, 2021 at 11:51 pm
    The Bills are world-beaters against terrible teams.
    So let me get this straight. Bills beat up a 5-5 team and get criticism for beating a bad team but the Pats beat up a 4-5 team in Atlanta and are SB bound? Sounds about right!😂😂😂

  7. Flat track bullies is the phrase where I come from. Absolutely dominate the weaker teams in the league but don’t look great against the best.

  8. As a Saints fan I’m ready to just lose the rest for the best pick possible.. I haven’t thought like that in years. Geeeez

  9. Better than the Dallas game. Why is that awful team still allowed to host a thanksgiving game?

  10. The Bills put up points, but the offensive line still has issues. Dion Dawkins at LT is getting beat on the regular and was the cause of the second interception. For all the criticism Cody Ford has received, he actually had a decent game. Matt Brieda again shows he should have seen the majority of touches since WK 1.

    Ed Oliver deserved the entire turkey. Consistently beating his guy and causing problems in the backfield. Mario Addison as well, great work off the edge. Great game by the D

    The Bills really need Spencer Brown back at RT for the big game against The Pats

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