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Tim Graham: Saints stun Bills fans with dominance and even drank their beer

The New Orleans Saints dropped by New Era Field on Sunday to slap around the Buffalo Bills.

The Saints handed their hosts one of the mousiest defeats in NFL history, stunned Bills fans with unchecked dominance and even drank their beer.

We should have known how much New Orleans would feel at home 8:42 after the opening kickoff. Mark Ingram scored his first touchdown, spotted a kid wearing the running back's No. 22 jersey in the corner and jumped onto the ledge.

The nearest Bills fans reacted in good humor.

A brewski from a few seats away landed on Ingram's head.

"I got to enjoy his beer," Ingram said with a shrug. "He had to go buy another one.

"So we'll take the 'W,' and thanks for the beer."

Plain and simple, Bills' defense is a full-blown disaster

Buffalo coach Sean McDermott introduced "Defend Your Dirt!" as a motto for home games. Players slap a "Defend Your Dirt!" sign above a doorway that leads into the tunnel from the Bills' locker room.

The sentiment was hollow Sunday, of no significance. Not when the Saints rototilled the Bills, 47-10.

The Bills lost their first home game although they had bonus time to heal and prepare, having played Thursday night in Week 9. The Bills also should have responded with something to prove after the New York Jets waylaid them at MetLife Stadium.

Instead, the Bills played as uninspired as almost any previous team, and if you feather a few stats together you could argue it was the limpest performance in franchise history.

Only once has an NFL team lost by so many points while keeping the ball so little and getting outrushed by so much.

"It's embarrassing to go out there and put that on film," Bills safety Micah Hyde said.

The 37-point loss is Buffalo's steepest in a decade and fifth-worst in Western New York.

If not for a rubbish-time touchdown pass from backup quarterback Nathan Peterman to tight end Nick O'Leary, then the Bills would have lost by 44, the team's second-highest margin.

Buffalo's time of possession was 18:37, sixth-lowest and worst in a dozen years. New Orleans had the ball for 11:58 of the third quarter.

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Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan joked he played so little he considered doing wind sprints Sunday to get his conditioning work in.

New Orleans rushed for 298 yards, eighth-most by any Buffalo opponent. Backup quarterback Chase Daniels' victory-formation kneel-downs kept the number under a juicy 300.

At one point in the second half, the Saints ran on 24 consecutive plays, including every snap on a 10-play, 94-yard touchdown drive. Drew Brees actually tried to pass on the last play, but scrambled across from 7 yards.

"We wanted to come out and impose our will," Saints running back Alvin Kamara said. "When we were in the locker room, we said we've got to put the pressure on them, break their neck."

The rushing differential of 229 yards is the fifth-highest in Bills history.

Only the 2007 Detroit Lions, in a 51-14 defeat to the San Diego Chargers, have lost a game by at least 37 points while holding the ball for under 19 minutes and rushing for 229 fewer yards than the opponent.

That day, the Lions committed six turnovers and forced a couple of punts.

The Bills were thoroughly dominated despite one giveaway – a Tyrod Taylor interception – and zero Saints punts. Sunday was just the 10th time a Bills opponent didn't punt. The Saints are the first team since 1941 to rush for six touchdowns and not punt.

Remember when those John Deere tractors churned the rubber pellets out of the New Era Field turf while trying to clear snow last winter?

That's what New Orleans' offense resembled.

Ingram ran 21 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns. He jumped into the stands on the tunnel end after his second score.

Kamara ran 12 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. Trey Edmunds entered the fourth quarter with zero carries in his NFL career, but ran up the left sideline for a 41-yard touchdown.

"They were able to do whatever they wanted to do on any down," Bills safety Jordan Poyer said.

The past two weeks, Buffalo has allowed 492 rushing yards on 89 carries.

Subtract four possessions that came at the end of the first half or when the opponent was in victory formation at the end of the game, and Buffalo's defense has surrendered 10 touchdowns and four field goals on 19 possessions versus the Jets and Saints.

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Sunday's performance, however, was more alarming, with all those 57,600 square feet of dirt not getting defended and whatnot.

The Saints, often criticized over the years for their inability to dazzle outside the Superdome, posted their second-biggest victory on the road or outdoors. They once beat the Atlanta Falcons, 38-0, in Fulton County Stadium.

Sunday also was the Saints' sixth-widest victory margin anywhere.

"The whole thing (stunk)," Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said.

Before the Saints' backfield had removed their pads, they gleefully trotted back down the tunnel and posed under the goal post to commemorate a 298-yard day, six-touchdown afternoon.

Ingram, Kamara, Edmunds, fullback Zach Line, injured fullback John Kuhn and running backs coach Joel Thomas preened for a photographer, their feet in the Bills' end zone one more time before leaving New Era Field in their buses' exhaust fumes.

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