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Wayne Post
  • Buffalo Bills Report Card: Bills secondary torched by Drew Brees

  • The Saints quarterback throws for 332 yards as New Orleans earns the 35-17 victory on Sunday in the Superdome.
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  • Quarterbacks: Thad Lewis got an early taste of what to expect from an aggressive Saints defense when he was hit hard and fumbled on the first play from scrimmage. Lewis threw for 234 yards and a touchdown, but he also fumbled twice and threw an interception. C-
    Running Backs: Buffalo played from behind for most of the game, so the absence of starting tailback CJ Spiller was especially apparent when the offense became one dimensional. Fred Jackson finished with only 45 yards on 15 carries, while Tashard Choice rushed seven times for 35 yards. C-
    Wide Receivers: Stevie Johnson played impressively despite being in obvious pain, finishing with seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Lewis appears to have found a nice safety valve in tight end Scott Chandler, who was caught seven passes and was targeted 11 times. B
    Offensive Line: The Bills struggled up front as the New Orleans defense sacked Lewis four times and hit him nine times. Buffalo trailed for most of the second half so they couldn’t establish a run game, finishing with 88 yards on 25 carries. D+
    Defensive Line: Kyle Williams played well in his return to his home state finishing with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks. He didn’t have too much help though particularly from Mario Williams who finished with only two tackles. Too often, the Bills failed to generate a pass rush on Saints quarterback Drew Brees. D+
    Linebackers: Rookie Kiko Alonso was stout recording a team-high 11 tackles, but the rest of the unit failed to make an impact. Jerry Hughes seemed to struggle in place of the injured Manny Lawson, while Nigel Bradham was nearly invisible finishing with just one tackle. C-
    Secondary: Brees picked apart the young unit, throwing for 332 yards to 10 different receivers. Jimmy Graham didn’t seem to be suffering any ill effects of a foot injury including his second quarter touchdown when he ran through Buffalo safety Da’Norris Searcy into the end zone. F
    Special Teams: The normally efficient Dan Carpenter missed only his second field goal of the season in the first quarter that could have given Buffalo an early lead. Despite having plenty of opportunities, the team got little out of the kick return game. C-
    Coaching: Facing his old boss, Bills head coach Doug Marrone was no match for Saints head coach Sean Payton. Buffalo led in the second quarter, but the team failed to keep the momentum and couldn’t make the proper adjustments to stay in the game in the second half. C-
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