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Steve: 5 takeaways from Saints vs. Bills

Steve Geller
November 13, 2017 - 1:56 pm

1) O-line is outstanding

The Saints ground attack moved the ball at will in Buffalo, racking up a total of 298 yards! Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara each had 100 yard days, and even undrafted rookie Trey Edmunds found a gaping hole to ramble 41 yards to the endzone. Drew Brees capped off a 94 yard, 10 run drive with a 7 yard scamper to hit paydirt. Just watch the block #72 Terron Armstead provides to pave the way.

The offensive line has been impressive all season, despite suffering a number of injuries along the way. Larry Warford just returned this week and helped the rest of the guys push around the Bills all day.

2) Double digit domination

The Saints 7th straight victory was a 47-10 beat-down in Buffalo, but the Black & Gold have been blowing out everyone.  New Orleans has outscored the opposition 229-100 during their current streak.  They square off against a Reskins team this Sunday that is averaging 23 points a game.  Washington has a good passing attack, but their run game is averaging under 100 yards per game.

3) You really can’t guard Mike

For a 4th straight game, Michael Thomas had 7+ receptions; and he managed a season high 117 yards. The 6'3, 212lb target has strong hands and is able to make some remarkable grabs.

Fantasy football owners are a little ticked off that “Cant Guard Mike” only has two TDs this year, but his consistency and reliability are of greater importance to the team.  Thomas has been dealing with an ankle injury that has limited practice that past few weeks, but you wouldn’t know it come gameday.  

4) Sophomore surge for Sheldon Rankins

Last year’s 1st round pick had himself a day in Buffalo. The defensive tackle tallied a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass defended and a hit on the QB.  He almost added a touchdown after picking off a tipped pass in the 3rd quarter.

While his contributions don’t ALWAYS show up in the stat sheet, Rankins has been a vital piece to the Fleur de Lis D.  The analytics site Pro Football Focus ranks him fifth among defensive tackles in “pass rush productivity” during the Black and Gold’s win streak.

5) 7 is heaven, but 8 would be great

Speaking of streaks, the Saints have a chance to get to 8 in a row this Sunday when they host Washington. The team hasn’t accomplished that long of a run since 2011.  A victory over the Redskins is needed since they are an NFC opponent.  Currently, New Orleans is 5-1 in conference as they look to earn one of the top two seeds.

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