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 Wizard: Jim 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.