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Stats Wizard: All-time numbers in Bills-Saints series

Bills vs. Saints: 10 games all-time.

Bills record: 4-6 (.400).

First game: On Nov. 4, 1972, the Bills lost a rather anticlimactic games to the Saints 13-0. The only touchdown of the game came on a nine-yard pass from Archie Manning to Bob Newland.

Longest Bills winning streak: Two games, twice. Hardly a streak.

Longest Bills losing streak: Four games, from Sept. 9, 2001 to Oct. 27, 2013. Streak is currently active.

Most points for: Forty-five points, in a 45-33 victory on Dec. 27, 1998.

Most points against: Thirty-five points, in a 35-17 loss on Oct. 27, 2013.

Biggest win: Twelve points, in the 45-33 victory on Dec. 27, 1998.

Biggest loss: Twenty points, in a 27-7 loss on Sept. 27, 2009.

All-time Bills leaders against the Saints

Passing leaders: Joe Ferguson leads with 44 pass completions, 555 yards, seven touchdown passes, and a 101.8 passer rating. Rob Johnson tops in completion percentage at 62.22 percent.

Stats WizardJim Kelly struggled mightily against the New Orleans Saints. Among teams he threw at least 25 passes against, the Saints are the only team against whom he did not have a completion percentage of at least 50.0 percent and he had a career-worst 48.8 passer rating against New Orleans.

Rushing leaders: Joe Cribbs leads with 173 yards, while Willis McGahee averaged 5.25 yards-per-attempts, on just 16 attempts, however, but with the limited number of games, we will give him the nod. Cribbs and Thurman Thomas each had a pair of rushing scores.

Receiving leaders: How about it, Thurman Thomas leads the way with 10 catches, Jerry Butler tallied 159 yards receiving and Eric Moulds pulled in five passes for 138 yards, a team-best 27.60 yards-per-catch. And in touchdowns, another pair of pairs, Frank Lewis and Mike Mosley with two apiece.

Special teams leaders: The Bills field goal history against the Saints is so short, we can just tell it all: Steve Christie was 3-for-4 in field goals and 8-for-8 in extra points, Jake Arians was 2-for-2 in field goals with no extra points, Scott Norwood also went 2-for-2 in field goals, but was 1-for-2 in extra points, and Dan Carpenter was 1-for-2 in field goals and 2-for-2 in extra points. No Bills player has ever returned a kick or a punt for a touchdown.

Defensive leaders: Naturally, Bruce Smith leads the Bills with 3.0 sacks. Nate Odomes had a pair of picks. No Bills player has ever returned an interception for a score.

Bills single-game records against the Saints

Passing leaders: Joe Ferguson had 22 completions on 31 attempts — a 70.97 completion percentage for 295 yards passing in a 35-26 victory on Sept. 21, 1980. Thaddeus Lewis had 22 completions himself, but in a far less successful game, on Oct. 27, 2013, in a 35-17 loss. On Oct. 30, 1983, Ferguson perhaps topped his successful 1980 performance, throwing four touchdown passes and tallying a 113.8 passer rating.

Rushing leaders: On Dec. 20, 1992, Thurman Thomas rushed for 115 yards with two rushing scores in a 20-16 win. This represents the lone 100-yard rushing game for the Bills against the Saints, but as previously mentioned, Joe Cribbs also picked up to scores on the ground, doing so both that 35-26 victory on Sept. 21, 1980.

Receiving leaders: As the Bills had just one 100-yard rusher, they also had just one 100-yard receiver, as Jerry Butler reeled in five receptions for 133 yards, good for 26.60 yards-per-reception, again in the 35-26 win on Sept. 21, 1980. Both Frank Lewis and Mike Mosley had their two receiving scores in a single game, Lewis, yet again, in the Sept. 21, 1980, victory, and Mosley in a 27-21 win on Oct. 30, 1983.

Defense/special teams leaders: As with the above, nothing overly exciting or noteworthy when it comes to Buffalo's kickers. Shawn Price had 2.5 sacks in the 45-33 win on Dec. 27, 1998; no Bills' player has had two picks in a game.

Sunday’s game: The Bills are getting three at home against the Saints, give me Buffalo, on a monster game from Shady, not just with the points, but outright. My record calling the Bills games this year: winning team (5-2), with the spread (4-2-1). Note: did not make a play in the second Jets game.

Many of the stats in this article made possible by the Pro Football Reference Play Index

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