Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 47-10 loss against the New Orleans Saints Sunday at New Era Field:
Another week, another stinker: At 5-4, the Bills might still have the record of a team in playoff contention, but they've hardly looked that way the past two weeks. They followed up their Thursday Night Football disaster against the New York Jets with another stinker of a performance and their worst home loss since a 56-10 defeat against New England in 2007.
In suffering their first home loss of the season the Bills were, once again, dominated on both sides of the ball. This time, the defense looked even worse, getting trampled by the Saints' running game to the tune of 298 yards and six touchdowns. On New Orleans' final scoring drive, the Saints drove 94 yards on 10 plays, all runs – including Drew Brees' seven-yard TD scramble.
According to the NFL, the Saints are the first team to run for 295 or more yards and six touchdowns in a game since the 1957 Cleveland Browns.
In winning their seventh game in a row, the 7-2 Saints had two rushers with more than 100 yards – Mark Ingram (131) and Alvin Kamara (106). The last time the Bills allowed a pair of 100-yard rushers was against New England in 2012.
The Saints had 482 total yards to the Bills' 198.
Historically bad: The Bills gave up six rushing touchdowns for the first time in franchise history.
First-quarter blues: Counting a 37-yard Stephen Hauschka field goal, the Bills have scored a total of nine first-quarter points this season.
Humber forces a first: Although linebacker Ramon Humber is in his ninth NFL season, the first forced fumble of his career on defense didn't come until late in the first quarter Sunday to kill a Saints scoring opportunity. Kyle Williams’ recovery was the fifth of his career and first since Oct. 20, 2013, at Miami.
Peterman's debut: With 4:52 left in the game and the Bills trailing by 37 points, rookie Nathan Peterman came in at quarterback for Tyrod Taylor. On Peterman's first drive, the Bills turned the ball over on downs. On the second, he drove the Bills 75 yards to a touchdown, which came on his seven-yard throw to tight end Nick O'Leary.
Scary scene: Saints reserve running back Daniel Lasco suffered a spine injury after a fierce collision with Brandon Tate while tackling Tate on a kickoff return in the second quarter. After a lengthy delay, Lasco was loaded into the back of an ambulance on the field and taken to a local hospital.
Crazy scene: With about three minutes left, a streaker ran onto the field and did a dance in the end zone before security tackled him and took him away.
Counting the house: Paid attendance was listed at 67,501, but there were plenty of empty seats. Fans no doubt were turned off by the Jets' game and on a chilly, overcast day, they figured the best place to watch the game – if they bothered – was on television.
Up next: The Bills make their longest trip of the season to face the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at StubHub Center, the Chargers' temporary home until they move into their shared stadium with the Rams in 2019. The StubHub Center seats 27,000, and given the poor support the former San Diego franchise has been getting in its new home, there is reason to believe Bills fans will dominate the crowd. The Chargers are coached by Anthony Lynn, who spent most of last season as the Bills' offensive coordinator and was a candidate to become their head coach.