Taylor needs to lead a Bills' revival

Buffalo Bills To Stop Saints’ Winning Streak

The Buffalo Bills succumbed to a surprise defeat to the New York Jets last week, but have the opportunity to make a statement against the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints are one of the form team of the NFL at the moment, winning their last six matches on the bounce. Sean Payton’s men have recovered from a 0-2 start to the term to move to the top of the NFC South.

New Orleans have not won their division since the 2011 season and are well placed to make a charge for the crown. Payton has taken off the pressure of Drew Brees at the quarterback position, allowing Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram to thrive.

The Saints’ defense has also come alive after being the fatal flaw in the club since 2013. They’ve improved in the secondary as well as on their defensive line, offering a solid complement to their offense.

As a result, the Bills face a tough challenge on home soil to maintain their playoff push. Buffalo have endured the longest drought without post-season football in the league, failing to reach the playoffs since 1999.

Under McDermott they’ve mustered a strong effort in their bid to return. However, their chances were derailed last week by a defeat to the Jets, where they failed to turn on either side of the ball.

The Bills have to respond as they cannot afford to fall further behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East. A spot in the Wildcard Round would suffice for the club, but it would be a huge moment for them to defeat a solid Saints’ team.

We’ll now look at both teams and break down the contest using the last betting odds.

Buffalo Bills

Taylor needs to lead a Bills' revival

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The Bills had an opportunity to put the pressure on the Patriots at the top of the AFC East last week. McDermott’s men fluffed their lines against the Jets, turning the ball over four times, allowing their rivals to snatch a vital victory. A win for Buffalo could have put them in position to take the lead at the top of the division with a win over the Saints. However, the Patriots will remain in control for now increasing the urgency for the club to get back to winning ways.

Tyrod Taylor has continued to be solid this season, despite turning the ball over twice last week. He has thrown 10 touchdowns to just two interceptions along with 210 yards on the ground. He does have his doubters, but has proven to be far more reliable than the Bills’ previous quarterbacks. The 28-year-old has a good deep ball and will be boosted by the addition of Kelvin Benjamin. Buffalo traded for his services from the Carolina Panthers, and he will offer a valued target in the redzone with his height and size.

LeSean McCoy was held in check by the Jets last week. He will hold the key for the Bills to succeed against the Saints. The 29-year-old dominated the Oakland Raiders in week eight for 151 yards and a touchdown. McDermott will be desperate for the five-time Pro Bowler to get back into rhythm and lead his side to victory over New Orleans. New Orleans have allowed 4.7 yards per carry so he should have opportunities to rack up the yards on the ground.

The Bills’ defense has been up and down, but must be at their best against the Saints’ running game. They traded away Marcell Dareus at the trade deadline and will miss his presence of the interior. If they can hold Kamara and Ingram at bay, their opportunistic secondary could add to their 11 interceptions this term.

New Orleans Saints

Lattimore has been outstanding

The Saints are flying high on the back of a six-game winning streak. The club were heading down a dangerous road after losing their opening two matches of the season. However, the response has been emphatic, only the Philadelphia Eagles have won more games on the bounce that Payton’s men. The Saints are currently sitting in the second seed, and with a future Hall of Famer at the quarterback position, they will be confident of maintaining their surge.

Brees has been put under severe pressure since winning the Super Bowl in the 2009 campaign. He has been forced to carry the fortunes of the club, with little or no support from the defense. This season the strain has been lifted from his shoulders, which allow him to feel fresher down the stretch. The performances of rookie Kamara have played a large part in allowing Brees to rest his arm. The 22-year-old has been a force in the ground game as well as catching passes out of the backfield. When New Orleans were at their best they utilised their running backs to great effect.

Kamara has 311 rushing yards and 341 receiving yards, notching five touchdowns in his opening eight matches. Ingram is well on his way to his first 1000-yard season, with 541 yards and four rushing touchdowns to his name. The Saints have transformed their offense away from a downfield attack, which has improved their fortunes in the win column.

Jordan has been the standout veteran on defense, with seven sacks on the term. He notched another 1.5 in the Saints’ win over the Buccaneers last week. However, the star of the show has been Marshon Lattimore in the secondary. The rookie got the better of Mike Evans in his matchup last week – so much so he caused Jameis Winston and the wideout to lash out. He will be a key component for Payton’s men for the rest of the campaign.

Betting Options

The Saints have been strong in recent weeks, but the Bills have not lost on home soil this season. Buffalo have the eight-best run defense in the NFL and should be able to bottle up the impact of Ingram and Kamara on the ground. McDermott faced the Saints with regularity during his time with the Panthers and should be well prepared. Taylor will move around in the pocket, while McCoy will fancy his chances against one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL.

As a result, back the Bills to get back to winning ways at odds of +125   with Betway. However, it will be a close game so take the Saints at -3.5 on the spread at +123   with 888Sport. The two defenses in the contest have been solid, ranking in the top 10 in fewest points allowed – therefore backing under 43.5 points to be scored at +128   with 888Sport is the bet to take.

Tips Summary

Buffalo Bills To Beat New Orleans Saints
Sunday 12th November 2017 13:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Odds: +125

Take -3.5 Points For New Orleans Saints
Sunday 12th November 2017 13:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Odds: +123

Under 43.5 Points To Be Scored
Sunday 12th November 2017 13:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Odds: +128

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