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Saints Vs. Bills Preview: Turf War

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Detroit Lions at the Louisiana Superdome on September 13, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2009

Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.

Shaking off the disappointment of their Week One collapse against the Patriots, the Bills left no doubt against the Buccaneers, jumping to a 17-0 lead on the way to an eventual 33-20 win. The 1-1 Bills now face the daunting task of slowing the NFL's highest-scoring offense, a Saints squad averaging over 46 points per game.

"It won't be easy," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "If we can keep 'em under 30, I think maybe we could go home happy to un-vandalized lawns.

"You know, it was really unfortunate that fans felt the need to deface the lawn of Leodis McKelvin, whose fumble against the Patriots cost us the game. However, I've got to hand it to those fans for accentuating their vandalism with imagination and clever wording. It seems they painted Leodis' front yard like an end zone, with a sign that read 'Keep On.'"

The Saints are no yard vandals, but they have been known to "tear up the turf" so far this year. And regardless of how well the Bills' defense plays, their offense will have to produce to keep up with the Saints. Much of the burden for that falls on Terrell Owens, who had his first touchdown catch as a Bill last week.

"I'm not one to shy away from attention," said Owens. "Unfortunately, there's very little of that to be had here. In Buffalo, doing sit-ups in the driveway is not a spectator sport.

"Now, it only someone would have told me years ago of this yard vandalism as a form of protest, then I could have left a swath of destruction running from San Francisco to Dallas, via Philadelphia."

Expect Owens to have a big day, catching eight balls for 128 yards and two touchdowns, but that's not enough to keep up with the Saints' offensive juggernaut. Nobody circles the wagons like the Bills, but nobody crosses the "T" in touchdown like the Saints.

New Orleans wins, 31-22.

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