The New Orleans Saints got back to their winning ways with a decisive 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Despite the rusty start, mostly due to the bye week, the Saints offense eventually rose to the level of the defense.
When inferior teams come into your house, you need to dispose of them in emphatic fashion. The Saints eventually did just that. It could have been a lot easier, but bye weeks can affect teams in a myriad of ways.
The defense played a great game by pressuring the quarterback organically, as well as through manufactured pressure. Numerous players had their hands in the pot in this win defensively.
Offensively, the slow start was brought to a halt with big plays through the air. Drew Brees and Co. ended with this possibly their finest outing of the season, just in time for the meat of the schedule.
The Saints will now move on to a similar opponent in the New York Jets, but this time on the road. The Saints are not only looking to distance themselves in the NFC South, but they must keep pace with the elite of the NFC in the playoff race.
Fans of the Black and Gold should be pleased thus far. After finishing 7-9 last season, the Saints are already 6-1.
Here are my takeaways from the game.