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Jay Skurski's 10 observations from the Bills' brutal loss to New Orleans

1. Well, that was embarrassing. The Bills were outclassed in every possible fashion Sunday at New Era Field, losing 47-10 to the New Orleans Saints. Blame the offense if you want. Or blame the defense. You really can't go wrong. Heck, even punter Colton Schmidt had a bad game. Going against a legitimate opponent at home, the Bills didn't come close to being up for the challenge.

2. Think back to when Sean McDermott was hired as head coach. His first choice for offensive coordinator wasn’t Rick Dennison. It wasn’t his second choice, either. Only after Brad Childress, Mike McCoy and Greg Olson decided they would rather be elsewhere did McDermott settle on Dennison. That choice is looking dubious right now. The Bills entered the game 27th in total offense, and that will go down after a miserable showing against the Saints. Dennison hasn’t had the team ready at the start of games – the Bills have just nine points in the first quarter this season – or on the first drive coming out of halftime. Dennison doesn’t seem to have any answers at the moment.

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3. I’m not going to make the argument about the Bills missing Marcell Dareus, which would be easy enough to do after the second consecutive game of getting absolutely smoked against the run. The Dareus of 2014? Sure, the Bills miss him. But that’s not the player they traded away. The bigger problem is that the four players remaining at defensive tackle – including veteran leader Kyle Williams – were absolutely manhandled Sunday. The Bills’ defensive line, and linebackers for that matter, need to be completely rebuilt after this season.

4. Can we all agree we’ve seen enough of Mike Tolbert? The Bills’ backup running back is not worth keeping on the roster if he can’t pick up a first down on third-and-1, which was the case late in the second quarter. The Bills’ insistence on giving the ball to Tolbert in space is absolutely maddening. It’s hard to believe there isn’t a better option out there right now.

5. The Bills continue to insist that Cordy Glenn is “day to day,” but it’s clear there is more to it than that with his foot and ankle injuries. Glenn has missed four games this season. His availability has got to be an issue for the coaching staff.

6. Welcome to Buffalo, Kelvin Benjamin. After being targeted three times on Buffalo's opening drive, making one catch for a 9-yard gain, Benjamin didn't get another target until there were four minutes remaining. That's hard to believe. If the Bills aren't going to throw the ball to him, why did they make the trade?

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7. Before he was mercifully pulled, Tyrod Taylor was 9 of 18 for 56 yards and one interception. When rookie Nathan Peterman was announced as replacing Taylor, the dozen or so fans remaining cheered heartily. The national media will tell you Taylor is "criminally" underrated, but those who watch games like he played Sunday will naturally question that. Quarterback is still high on the list of offseason needs for this team.

8. Speaking of Peterman, he directed a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive and finished 7 of 10 for 79 yards and a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nick O'Leary. That will be enough for fans to call for him to start in Week 11 at Los Angeles. My take on that: It's not time to go there yet. As ugly as Sunday's loss was, the Bills are still in the playoff race at 5-4. Things might be different later in the year, but it's not Peterman time yet.

9. You want a silver lining? Saints quarterback Drew Brees still hasn't thrown a touchdown in Buffalo. It's one of only three NFL cities, along with New Orleans and Los Angeles, that he's yet to throw a touchdown in as a visitor. He did run for one, though, one of six rushing touchdowns by the Saints.

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10. E.J. Gaines is costing himself money by not being able to get on the field. When he’s played, the cornerback acquired as part of the Sammy Watkins trade has been very good. But he’s now missed four games this season because of injuries, including the last three with a hamstring problem. Durability has been an issue for Gaines before this season, and is likely the reason his price tag won’t be extravagant after the season when he hits free agency.

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