Taylor plays too conservative, while Saints run away with win
ORCHARD PARK — As Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor threw to a check-down receiver, New Orleans’ Drew Brees was lighting it up. The future Hall of Fame quarterback for the Saints did what he needed to do to down the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field, 47-10.
Brees and the Saints offense executed their plan, which was the same plan that the Bills failed to do: run the ball and pass when needed.
The Saints’ quarterback proved what a complete offense can look like. Brees found success with short drop backs, mixing in hand off runs and a few screen plays.
The remarkable difference between the two teams on Sunday was the Saints’ complementary offense, where the passing threats assisted the running downs. The antithesis occurred for Buffalo.
After the Bills’ first drive that led to a field goal, New Orleans halted the Bills’ running ability. The third-and-long situation didn’t suit well for Taylor.
“A couple penalties early on in first and second downs,” Taylor blamed for the offensive woes. “Also, just not getting moving (sic) on first and second downs put us in third and long. Gotta be better at third down for sure.”
On Buffalo’s second drive, a third-and-14 throw to LeSean McCoy attained four yards. On its next drive after a negative 5-yard reverse run and another rush followed for zero yards, Taylor dumped it to Mike Tolbert for nine yards; however, it was a third-and-15.
These situations were commonplace. In third-and-long downs, Taylor hesitates to throw for the sticks and settles with a higher completion percentage. The offense as a whole fell apart after the first drive that mustered its only points except for the final drive that was led by rookie Nathan Peterman in garbage time.
“… The first drive we made some plays, and after that it kind of just went downhill, fast. As on offense, going up against another offense like that, you got to put points up and you got to have the long drives, and put points up. If you don’t, that’s what happens.”
The Saints, however, had ease getting first downs. Brees led New Orleans to a 24-3 lead with 9:40 left in the third. With the comfortable lead, the Saints had the leisure to run the clock and still after going to a one-prong attack, that couldn’t be stopped by the Bills.
New Orleans ran 24 times in a row near the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth, resulting in 169 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers would make old Buffalo-style head coaches salivate.
The Saints did exactly what Buffalo wanted to do all season. With a running back like LeSean McCoy, it’s obvious the ground-and-pound strategy was prominent in Dennison’s playbook. Once the down and distance situations turned unfavorable, there was no Plan B. Taylor couldn’t continue drives.
His counterpart, Brees, lined up under center, read the defense and threw it quickly to his playmakers. The Bills defense became timid as the D-Line worried about batting the ball instead of attacking the quarterback, and the 298 yards rushing comes as no surprise when the offense gashed Buffalo throughout the game.
“If you look at our productivity in the run game, certainly the way the defense was playing, and just how complementary we’ve been, I think a lot of things came together today,” Brees said. “We executed very well today.”
Taylor and the Bills could not say the same.
“Obviously, I was pissed at the performance or lack of performance I had and we had as a team,” he said.
The Bills’ game plan has been simple all season. Just watch the tape on how to execute it … watch the Saints’ offensive tape though.