Despite two early Josh Allen interceptions, the Buffalo Bills cruised to a simple 31-6 street win over the New Orleans Saints to shut out the Thanksgiving Day NFL slate.
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Only one among Allen’s interceptions was charted as a turnover-worthy play in PFF’s grading system, however he additionally solely recorded one big-time throw. The field rating will look higher than his remaining PFF grade, however he nonetheless ought to end within the excessive 70s after evaluation.
With Zack Moss out as a wholesome scratch, Devin Singletary (45 snaps) and Matt Breida (21) cut up the reps in Buffalo’s backfield. Singletary broke seven tackles on the bottom however nonetheless managed simply 44 whole yards on 15 carries. And Breida didn’t fare significantly better together with his 26 yards on 9 carries and only one damaged sort out. A excessive proportion of their yards all got here after contact.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Stefon Diggs led the group in targets (9), receptions (7) and receiving yards (74) towards New Orleans. He additionally dropped zero passes, caught two first-down receptions and routed up Marshon Lattimore for a landing within the purple zone.
Stefon Diggs vs Marshon Lattimore ????
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Tight finish Dawson Knox solely had three receptions for 32 yards on the night time, however two of his catches went for scores. None of the Bills receivers/tight ends dropped a cross Thursday night time.
Both Cody Ford and Mitch Morse allowed zero whole pressures within the sport, and sort out Daryl Williams solely allowed one. The group’s lowest-graded lineman in cross safety was Dion Dawkins, as he allowed 4 whole pressures — together with two sacks — on the night time.
All of the Bills’ defensive linemen graded common to above common in run protection, however Ed Oliver stood out much more due to his efforts on passing downs. He led the group with 5 whole pressures, and no different Buffalo defensive lineman had multiple.
Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds each performed 48 defensive snaps to steer the group’s linebacker group. Both have been excellent in run protection whereas lacking zero tackles and combining for six defensive stops.
Tre’Davious White performed simply 9 defensive snaps earlier than exiting the sport with a knee harm, however the loss wasn’t too detrimental to the group towards New Orleans. No Buffalo defensive again allowed greater than 36 yards in protection.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
With Jameis Winston on injured reserve and Taysom Hill battling a foot harm, Trevor Siemian bought the nod for New Orleans. He accomplished simply 17-of-30 cross makes an attempt for 163 yards, one landing and a decide whereas logging zero big-time throws. His efficiency Thursday night time ought to earn him a grade beneath 50.0 and probably even spark an Ian Book regular-season look sooner moderately than later.
With Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram II sidelined, Tony Jones Jr. took all 21 offensive snaps for the Saints at operating again. He broke one sort out on his strategy to 27 yards on 16 carries. It was about as bleak as Siemian’s efficiency.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
The Saints large receiver/tight finish group mixed for simply six first-down receptions within the sport. Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Ty Montgomery shared the group lead in first downs with two apiece. Humphrey additionally led the group in receiving yards with 47, with most of his yards coming when the sport was already out of attain.
A small silver lining for New Orleans out of this one is that Cesar Ruiz graded very well in cross safety and allowed zero whole pressures on 32 pass-blocking snaps on first evaluation. Calvin Throckmorton and James Hurst shared the group lead in pressures allowed with three apiece.
The Saints have been stout up entrance and restricted the Bills’ speeding assault for practically the entire sport. Defensive sort out Christian Ringo ought to end evaluations because the group’s highest-graded defensive lineman with an 80.0-plus mark in run protection.
Demario Davis was additionally stout in run protection and recorded three defensive stops throughout his 28 run-defense snaps. Kwon Alexander solely had one defensive cease however got here away with one of many performs of the day together with his interception of Allen on the tail finish of the second quarter.
Kwon Alexander lays out for the interception ???? (*12*) #Saints
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None of the Saints defensive backs made too many optimistic performs on Thursday. The group mixed for only one compelled incompletion and 11 first downs allowed. The Bradley Roby interception was a spark that quickly pale, as he completed the sport with a team-high 88 yards allowed in protection.