The New Orleans Saints will miss the NFC playoffs following loss to the Bills

The New Orleans Saints will miss the NFC playoffs following loss to the Bills

The recent losing streak the Saints are suffering has the team frustrated

Many may have thought that the Thanksgiving Day game would bring different results for the New Orleans Saints. However, it did not end up being a day to be thankful for, as the team, by being crushed 31-6 by the Buffalo Bills, is now missing out on a chance to be part of the NFC playoffs. Former quarterback Drew Brees was part of the celebration as he was honored at the game, but his visit likely ended with a bad taste in his mouth as his team was mercilessly defeated.

The Buffalo went into the Louisiana Superdome and thanks to a good defensive performance, supported by the arm of Josh Allen, the Bills left New Orleans with a 31-6 victory in the last game of the Thanksgiving Day tripleheader. In the Bills’ first offensive opportunity, Josh Allen (23 of 28, 260 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions) led an 11-yard, 65-play drive that Dawson Knox capped off with a seven-yard touchdown reception.

In the second quarter, the Saints’ defense again showed Buffalo’s weaknesses with a pair of interceptions to Allen and limited the Bills to three points on a 34-yard field goal by Tyler Bass. The Saints, who now have a 5-6 record, amassed just 190 yards at the end of the game, considered the fourth worst outing for an offense led by head coach Sean Payton.

“It weighs on you, period,” Payton said of the offensive struggles. “It’s something that obviously we’ve got to look closely at everything we’re doing and who we’re doing it with. It’s not like new players are walking through the hallway.”

It was clear from the game how limited New Orleans’ offense has become, in part because of injuries to Alvin Kamara and star wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has not played all season, and also because of significant quarterback changes.

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