The Bills gave up 298 rushing yards in Sunday's embarrassing 47-10 home loss to the Saints. The Bills are still alive in the playoff hunt at 5-4, but their odds have taken a hit.
What happened to the Bills' dominant defense? Plain and simple, the Bills' defense is a full-blown disaster, Vic Carucci wrote.
Thanks for the brewski: The Saints not only waltzed into New Era Field and took a win, but Saints running back Mark Ingram jumped into the stands and celebrated a touchdown. He got a beer thrown at him, but "I got to enjoy his beer," Ingram said. "He had to go buy another one. ... So we'll take the 'W,' and thanks for the beer." (Video here.)
Report Card: Guess which letter got the most use?
Jerry Sullivan: Sunday's game brought about "the creeping sense of calamity and dread that has often settled in during the 17-year drought, of a team in free fall." Worse, the Bills are looking ... old, Sully wrote.
Bills Notebook: The Saints punter got the day off. The Bills literally didn't force the Saints to punt a single time. Thomas Morstead has a base salary of $3.15 million, so that means he made $185K to watch the game from the best seat in the house, only taking a break to hold for kicks.
Kelvin Benjamin's Bills debut starts strong, then fizzles: Benjamin got thrown to three times on the Bills opening drive, but then the targets vanished.
Lasco suffers spinal injury: Saints running back Daniel Lasco was hospitalized with a spine injury he suffered making a special teams tackle in the second quarter.
Matchup winners: The Bills defensive line was certainly not a winner.
Ten Plays That Shaped Game: Drew Brees got the rout rolling.
Vic Carucci's Take Five: Shell-shocked Bills leave little reason to believe in the process.
Peterman makes debut: Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman got in the game in the fourth quarter, giving the fans one last thing to cheer for. Bills coach Sean McDermott reiterated later that "Tyrod is our starter."
Jay Skurski's 10 observations: So, we've seen enough from Mike Tolbert, right?
The big number: 492.
Mark Gaughan's Big Play: Drew Brees had time early to slice and dice the Bills.
What They Said: Bills-Saints transcripts of Sean McDermott, Tyrod Taylor, Kelvin Benjamin and more.
A new Bills tailgating tradition? Sean McDermott has been visiting some tailgates this year.
Watch: Our Team's Takeaway from the Bills' blowout defeat to Saints.
Benjamin salutes Bills legend: Kelvin Benjamin wore a Thurman Thomas jersey to Sunday's game.
Inactives: E.J. Gaines led the Bills' inactives against the Saints.
Tailgate Report: Saints fans come to Buffaleaux, and a Bills-themed haircut.