THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL 3: BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Somebody should remind the Buffalo Bills that they were one of the AFC Super Bowl favorites, because they seemed to have forgotten that at the worst possible time. They get a chance to jog their memory Thanksgiving night in the late game when they travel to the Caesars Superdome to face the New Orleans Saints and the weirdest quarterback situation in football.
You see, Taysom Hill is not slated to start for the Saints Thursday night and has, instead, been passed over for both Jameis Winston in the preseason and Trevor Siemian after Winston went down. In spite of this, New Orleans has handed Hill a new $40 million contract that could be worth $95 million if he becomes the starting quarterback. It’s being called a hybrid contract for a guy about 25 NFL teams wouldn’t even waste a roster spot on.
Either way, we’ll probably see Hill, Siemian and all the wackadoo plays Sean Payton will waste on him as New Orleans battles to stay relevant and the Bills just, well, none of us know what the hell they’re going to do at this point.
This will be just the 12th meeting between Buffalo and New Orleans with the Saints leading the series 7-4. They last played in 2017, with New Orleans wining 47-10. Drew Brees threw for just 184 yards, but Mark Ingram rushed for 131 and three TDs and Alvin Kamara had 106 yards and a score. Both Ingram and Kamara should play in this game.
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (+6, O/U: 45.5)
Location: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, La.
Kickoff: Nov. 25, 8:20 p.m.
BUFFALO BILLS (6-4)
Buffalo comes into this Thanksgiving nightcap losers of two of their last three and both losses were just awful. Last week they were dominated by the Indianapolis Colts 41-15, surrendering five touchdowns to Jonathan Taylor alone. Josh Allen threw for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two picks before getting the hook for Mitchell Trubisky. Dawson Knox caught six passes for 80 yards.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-5)
The Saints dropped their third game in a row, losing 40-29 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Trevor Siemian finished 22 of 40 for 214 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. He also rushed for a TD. Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 88 yards. New Orleans’ defense sacked Jalen Hurts three times, but surrendered 242 rushing yards in the game.
There’s no telling which Bills team will show up Thursday night, but frankly none of the Bills teams that have shown up since Halloween have been great. Still, there should be too much talent there to keep freefalling. I like Buffalo to win, but I don’t like the spread. Bills 20, Saints 17
Straight up: 11-4
Against the spread: 10-5
Straight up: 100-64-1
Against the spread: 84-81
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