After an embarrassing loss against the Jets in Week 9, most thought that the Bills would get it together for their Week 10 matchup against the Saints. Well clearly, that didn’t work out. This wasn’t just a loss, it was a beating. The Saints offense literally ran all over the Buffalo defense. I thought this would have been more of a passing game, instead in turned into a run fest for the Saints.
While the Bills defense gave up 47 points, the offense could not get anything going. There most successful drives were the first and the last drive. Tyrod Taylor looked awful. Only 56 passing yards and one interception. An unacceptable performance by Taylor resulted in him getting benched in the fourth quarter, which allowed Nathan Peterman to step in and throw for a touchdown to tight end Nick O’Leary and 79 yards.
This type of performance by the Bills should make Sean McDermott consider some changes within is team. What type of changes? Possibly a quarterback switch or even shake up the defense.
The defense gave up 298 rushing yards total to the Saints. Mark Ingram had a field day, going off for 131 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Alvin Kamara added on 106 yards and a touchdown himself. Trey Edmunds, a Saints back who was put in the game in the fourth quarter had himself 48 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Finally, it was Drew Brees that ran in a touchdown himself.
Tyrod Taylor completed nine out of eighteen attempts for 56 yards and added on 27 rushing yards. No touchdowns, but one interception. The offense was horrible. The Bills offensive line couldn’t hold their blocks, making life harder on both the passing and the running game. Taylor didn’t utilize his receivers like he should have. The team’s top receiver was Kelvin Benjamin with 42 receiving yards. The fact that when Peterman stepped in for Taylor and was able to score a touchdown should scare Taylor. Peterman deserves the chance at the starting job. Peterman was passing down field and was able to put points on the board. Maybe it was against backups, but there was still a touchdown by him.
The Bills need to fix their team and fix it quick. This first game is the beginning of their tough back end schedule where they will face the Chargers, Chiefs, and the Patriots twice.
What should the Bills do with the quarterback situation?
I’m not saying that Peterman should be named the starter right away, but he deserves the chance at the starting job. Peterman was able to throw to his receivers and throw the ball down the field, something Taylor wasn’t able to do. Taylor may be mobile and able to run, but the Bills need to be able to throw the ball down field and Taylor isn’t that type of quarterback.
What about the defense?
Leslie Frazier needs to make adjustments and come up with a great plan as they will face a high powered Chargers team. They cannot afford to give up nearly 50 points in a game again.
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