Nick’s six-pack of Bills – Saints facts
(New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore — USA Today photo)
ORCHARD PARK – The Big Easy visits The Queen City on Sunday as the Buffalo Bills (5-3) have another meeting between an NFC South opponent this year, the New Orleans Saints (6-2).
For more on the history between the Bills and Saints here’d Nick’s six-pack of Bills-Saints facts:
All-time: Buffalo and New Orleans have met on the gridiron 10 times with the Saints winning six of those meetings. Last time the two met, New Orleans won 35-17 in Oct. 2013. New Orleans also won the last time the two faced each other in Orchard Park, 27-7, in Sept. 2009. In total, Buffalo has lost four-straight.
Drew vs. the Bills: The Bills haven’t had much success against New Orleans’ quarterback Drew Brees in his career. In 2002, his second season, Buffalo topped Brees 20-13 when he was with the San Diego Chargers. However the next contest, Brees thrashed the Bills 48-10 in 2005, also with the Chargers. Brees’ last two games against the Bills have been with the Saints, the prior mentioned 27-7 win in 2009 and 35-17win in 2009.
Coaching milestones: Both are Sean’s and both have hit milestones as of late. Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott is the first Bills coach in franchise history to win his first four home games. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, who led the Saints’ to a Super Bowl title in 2009, reached the 100-win plateau for his career last week with a 30-10 win over Tampa Bay (100-68 regular season record).
Connections: Two Bills players spent time together on the Saints, linebacker Ramon Humber (2010-15) and running back Travaris Cadet (2012-16), who signed with the team last week. New Orleans’ weak-side linebacker Gerald Hodges spent this year’s training camp with the Bills.
Opposites attract: New Orleans lives by offense and Buffalo, with defense. In terms of top-10 rankings, the Saints’ offense falls in that margin for average points scored (27.6 – 6th), total offensive yards per game (392.5 – 2nd), rushing offense (122.8 – 7th), and passing offense (269.8 – 4th). Buffalo’s defensive stats in the top-10 includes points allowed (18.6 – 5th), run defense (94.4 – 8th) and turnover margin (plus-11 – 1st).
Potential award winners: Rookie first-round corners will clash on Sunday in New Orleans’ Marshon Lattimore and Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White. Lattimore has recorded eight passes defense, two interceptions, and 26 tackles. White has 12 passes defended (NFL leader), one interception, and 26 tackles. Pro Football Focus has graded Lattimore as the NFL’s top-ranked rookie (94.1) thus far, with White as the next defender on their list (87.1).