On second thought, maybe the Bills' dreadful performance against the Jets wasn't an aberration after all. It may very well have been what the legion of doubters suspected leading into Sunday's game against the Saints, that it signaled the start of the same old Bills rearing their ugly heads.
Long gone now is the 5-2 start to the season and the rationalization by some – guilty! – that their convincing loss to the Jets should be dismissed as a clunker in a season going in the right direction. It was replaced by a second straight smackdown, this one delivered mightily by the Saints in their 47-10 victory.
New Orleans had six rushing touchdowns and won its seventh straight and continued averaging more than 30 points during its winning streak. Mark Ingram tore through the Bills' defense for 131 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Alvin Kamara gained 106 yards on 12 carries and another score.
Drew Brees was in command from start to finish while completing 18 of 25 passes for 184 yards and added a rushing touchdown. Tyrod Taylor was 10 of 19 for 66 yards before rookie Nathan Peterman took over in the fourth quarter. Peterman was 7 of 10 for 79 yards and one touchdown during garbage time.
Whatever optimism the Bills built about turning around their fortunes and finally making the playoffs were supplanted by reminders of past failures. For the second straight week, the Bills were completely overmatched. If it continues next week against the Chargers, with Chiefs and Patriots coming after them, well, you know the drill.
Fans booed them at halftime after trailing, 17-3. They booed uninspired play calling in the third quarter. They booed the defense after New Orleans took a 24-3 lead, again when Taylor was intercepted, helping the Saints to a 30-3 advantage, again when the Saints drove 94 yards on 10 straight rushing plays for a 37-3 lead.
If they weren't booing, they were leaving.
The crowd at New Era Field looked like something from the preseason, fitting because the Bills looked like they were playing a preseason game. The only thing exposed more than the Buffalo defense was a streaker who raced across the field in the fourth quarter and managed to reach the end zone before the Bills did.