Brees' 5 touchdowns lead Saints to 35-17 win over Bills
Photo by Kyle Encar
NEW ORLEANS - Well so much for that bye week rust. The Saints coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Patriots, responded by dismantling the Bills 35-17.
The Saints stay undefeated in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a record of 4-0, and 6-1 overall.
Drew Brees lit up the Bills defense by going 26-34 passing, 332 yards, with five touchdowns.
The black and gold defense forced three turnovers and sacked quarterback Thad Lewis four times.
Saints linebacker David Hawthorne crushed Lewis on the first play from scrimmage, Junior Galette recovered the fumble from the hit. The Saints wouldn't capitalize on the turnover, but the play would set the tone for the contest.
Rob Ryan's squad kept the heat on Lewis halfway through the first quarter. Cam Jordan sacked Lewis, forcing a fumble, and recovered the ball on the Bills 21-yard line .
Three plays later Brees would cash in on the turnover with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Lance Moore. It was Moore's first action since week 3 against the Cardinals due to a hand injury.
Lewis finally enacted some revenge on the Saints defense in the second quarter when he hooked up with Stevie Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown to knot things up at seven.
Saints momentarily trailed 10-7 in the second quarter, but Brees and the offense responded quickly. Kenny Stills beat the Bills secondary for a 69-yard touchdown reception making the score 14-10.
Right before halftime Brees struck again. Tight end Jimmy Graham pulled in a 15-yard touchdown to put the Saints ahead 21-10.
In the second half it was the Brees-Graham connection again that burned the Bills. Brees hit Graham this time from the 13 yards out to score his second touchdown of the day. Graham finished with 37 yards receiving. It was Brees' fourth touchdown pass of the day, and extended the Who Dats lead to 28-10.
Brees wasn't done just yet. He notched his fifth touchdown pass of the game when he hooked up with Stills for the second time. Stills 42-yard touchdown reception increased the lead to 35-17. Stills ended the day with a 129 yards receiving.
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