NEW ORLEANS, La. (WROC) — Two years ago, the Bills took down the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in Josh Allen’s coming-out party. This year, Allen had another standout performance on Turkey Day throwing four touchdowns as the Bills beat the Saints 31-6.
After putting up just ten points in the first half, Allen tossed three of his touchdowns in the second half to pull away in New Orleans. Dawson Knox caught two touchdowns, finishing with three catches for 32 yards.
Stefon Diggs got fed early and ended up with seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. With Zack Moss in active, Devin Singletary and Matt Breida both had productive days out of the backfield. Singletary ran for 44 yards on 15 rushes and Breida caught Allen’s final touchdown of the game on a 23-yard screen play.
The defense held Trevor Siemian to just 163 yards and one touchdown and Jordan Poyer came away with an interception late in the game. The Bills were dealt a few injuries, none more concerning than Tre White. The team’s top cornerback left the game with a non-contact knee injury in the second quarter and was ruled out at halftime. Head coach Sean McDermott had no update on White’s status after the game.
The Bills will take on the New England Patriots next week at home on Monday Night Football, a game that will have large ramifications on who wins the AFC East.
You can read how everything went down below in our game blog.
The Bills are changing things up a little bit, with running back Zack Moss and return man Isaiah McKenzie inactive.
The Bills’ defense got out to a strong start, forcing a three and out on the first possession. Josh Allen and the offense got to work, with two passes to Stefon Diggs early on their first drive. In the red zone, Allen ran for a key first down and finished the drive off with a seven-yard touchdown to Dawson Knox. The Bills took a 7-0 lead.
The Saints were able to get the ball to midfield on their next drive, but a sack of Trevor Siemian by Mario Addison on third down forced another punt. The Bills were able to start their next possession with a first down, but Dion Dawkins got beat on third down leading to a sack. The Bills will punt to start the second quarter.
The Saints got into Bills’ territory on the ensuing possession, but Addison came up with another big play to get a stop on fourth down.
The Bills were able to get into the red zone thanks in large part to a 26-yard Gabriel Davis catch and run, but stalled and had to settle for a Tyler Bass field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Siemian and the Saints once again could not get anything going on offense and had to punt once again.
Tre’Davious White had to leave the game with an apparent leg injury.
“We’ll say a prayer for Tre and take it one day at a time,” said head coach Sean McDermott during the post-game press conference.
The Bills announced White is doubtful to return with a knee injury.
Allen tried to find Diggs on the next drive but was intercepted by Bradley Roby. The Saints will take over at the Bills’ 49-yard line.
After another unsuccessful three plays on offense, the Saints went with a fake punt that was ended up incomplete. The Bills will take over once again.
The Bills got into the red zone once again, but Allen was hit as he threw and threw his first career red zone interception. The Bills took a 10-0 lead at the half.
It was another fantastic drive from the Bills to start a half. Allen and company marched 75 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown, with Diggs running a beautiful route to get open from the five-yard line. Buffalo took a 17-0 lead.
The Saint offense once again could not do anything and was forced to punt it away. Marquez Stevenson muffed the punt in his first game as the team’s return man, but recovered it himself.
Allen to Davis gained 21 yards to put the Bills into Saints territory and Knox finished it off as he was wide open on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Allen. The Bills pushed in front 24-0.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Saints capped off a 10-play, 75- yard drive as Siemian hit Nick Vannett in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. The Saints went for two and were unsuccessful. 24-6 Bills.
Faced with a fourth and one, the Bills lined up to go for it but just tried to draw the Saints offsides and they punted the ball away. New Orleans quickly punted the ball right back to them.
The Bills closed out the game on their next drive, as Matt Breida scampered in for a 23-yard touchdown on a screen pass. Ike Boettger was leading the way and paved the way to the end zone. Buffalo led 31-6.
Capping off their successful performance, the defense got their first turnover of the game as Jordan Poyer picked off Siemian. Mitch Trubisky is now in the game at QB for the Bills as the Bills will win 31-6.
Brieda: We just came out with energy this game. Everyone was ready to go. That wasn’t us last week when we played the Colts. The narrative is going to change every week on us so we want to come out there and show that when we play well, we are a hard team to beat. And I feel like we came out there with great energy today.
Poyer: We knew we needed to come in with high energy and get some momentum early. You know, obviously, this crowd is probably second behind the Buffalo Bills as far as their energy. We were able to take them out of it early.
Hyde: A lot of us were up this morning continuing to watch film before getting on the bus. You have to take advantage of every opportunity you can get before Thursday games.
Addison: Its fun when you jump on them fast versus when you have to come from behind. We got a good team. We got a damn good team, but sometimes we don’t play like it. The thing we have to do is play more consistent ball.
Allen: Happy with how our guys responded from a short week and a tough loss on Sunday. As you can hear, the music is loud and guys are celebrating a little bit. Its hard to win in this league. We aren’t going to apologize for winning the way we do. Happy that our guys came out and played the way they did.
Addison: For you to come up short the way we did, sometimes it can demoralizing. Like I said, I’ve been in this league a long time. I’ve kicked a lot of people’s a**, I’ve had my a** kicked too. That’s just the nature of the business, but you have to flush that and do it all over again.