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Notes from Saints win over the Bills

  • Saints QB Drew Brees completed 16 of 29 passes for 172 yards with o touchdown passes and 0 interceptions. With his 20-yard pass to WR Devery Henderson on the game's first drive, Brees surpassed QB Bobby Hebert (14,630) to move into third place on the club's all-time list for passing yardage. Brees now has 14,751 Passing yards as a Saint.
  • Led by the three-headed rushing monster of RBs Reggie Bush, Lynell Hamilton and Pierre Thomas, the Saints ran for  222 yards on the day on carries with three touchdowns
  • Hamilton in his first NFL appearance, received his first start, carrying 5 times for  24 yards with a one-yard touchdown run.
  • Bush finished second on the Saints in rushing with 13 carries for 64 yards. With 3 receptions for 17 yards, Bush had a total of 81 yards from scrimmage.
  • RB Pierre Thomas, in his most extended action of the season led the Saints in rushing with 14 carries for 126 yards, including a fourth quarter 34-yard touchdown burst to give the Saints a ten point lead. Thomas had three runs of ten yards or more on the day.
  • WR Marques Colston led the Saints in receiving yardage with four grabs for 67 yards, including a first quarter 32-yard catch that put the Saints into Buffalo territory on the first drive of the game which ended with New Orleans' only score.
  • TE Jeremy Shockey led the Saints in receptions with six catches for 48 yards.
  • The Saints once again won the turnover battle 2-1, improving to 4 on the season.
  • In an impressive defensive effort, the Buffalo offense failed to enter the red zone once on the afternoon and only converted 2 of 14 third down conversions .
  • S Roman Harper led the Saints with ten tackles (six solo).
  • DE Will Smith intercepted a tipped pass in the fourth quarter at the New Orleans 27-yard line, stopping a potential Buffalo score. It was the first interception of Smith's six-year career. Smith also had a key fourth quarter sack on third down, forcing the Bills to punt again.
  •  For the second consecutive week, rookie CB Malcolm Jenkins made a big play on special teams. In the second quarter on a Saints punt, Jenkins forced the ball out of Buffalo WR/RS Roscoe Parrish's hands and recovered it, setting up a field goal by K John Carney that gave New Orleans a 10-7 lead that they would go into halftime with.
  • The Saints have started 3-0 for the sixth-time in club history, the second time in coach Sean Payton's four-year tenure, tying him with Jim Mora for the most by a Saints head coach.
  • The Saints now have a 5-4 record against the Bills and 3-1 mark at games played in Buffalo.
  • Saints Head Coach Sean Payton awarded the game ball to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, a former head coach of the Bills.

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