PREVIEWING THE SAINTS MATCH-UP

Saints

A streak was broken last week. No ordinary streak in that either. It was one of my Superstition Streaks.

You see, all season, the Bills have won every Sunday game when the Syracuse Orange lose their weekend football game. If the Orange win then the Bills lose.

Last week, coming off a Syracuse bye-week, the Bills played an early game and lost…and then SU shanked a tying field goal to lose too.

Superstition Streak over.

Or is it?

‘Cuse plays Wake Forest at the Dome this weekend where they are 4-1. Wake, will able to score (they showed it against the Farting Irish last weekend), but has a porous secondary (they showed it against the Farting Irish last weekend). ‘Cuse goes to 5-1.

Saints 27, Bills 19

Here’s what others think:

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports:

The Saints have won six straight because of their defense, which is a good sign when a team is on the road. Buffalo was bad the last time out in losing to the Jets and I think the Saints defense will get the best of the Buffalo offense here. The Saints win a seventh straight.

Saints 23, Bills 20

Chris Simms of SB Nation:

The New Orleans Saints present a tough matchup for the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo wants to play tough up front and run the ball. Well, the Saints are physical defensively and can stop the run. The Saints have some guys on the edge who can pressure Tyrod Taylor as well.

On the other side, Buffalo plays a lot of zone defense. The Bills don’t want to give up the big play, and they want to make opponents execute all the way down the field. That’s great most of the time. One thing we know, though, is that Drew Brees and Sean Payton have been capable of carving up this style of defense throughout their careers.

This is a bad matchup schematically for the Bills, and the Saints are the better team in general. The one factor in Buffalo’s favor is the fact this game is in New York and is outside, where Brees can struggle at times. Still, the Saints are one of the best teams in football and should win here.

Saints 24, Bills 20

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com:

Tough game to call between two teams that have enjoyed more success than most league observers anticipated in the preseason. The Saints are 6-2, the Bills 5-3. Both of the defenses rank top-10 in points allowed. Those units will be key — as will turnovers. Tyrod Taylor doesn’t turn the ball over much. Drew Brees hasn’t of late, after tossing a handful of picks in back-to-back games last month. Thus, I’m not looking for high-flying football at Ralph’s House this weekend. Lots of Shady, and heavy doses of Alvin Kamara.

Bills 23, Saints 21

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