The Buffalo Bills will square off this week against one of the most dynamic passing games in the NFL. Drew Brees has led his unbeaten New Orleans Saints to lopsided defeats over the Lions 45-27 (expected) and the Eagles 48-22 (not so expected). The scores of these games have looked more like the first-half of a “March Madness” first round match-up than an NFL game. To say Brees is carving up defenses is an understatement – it’s too dainty. He is eating them alive – Hannibal style.
Brees has totaled 669 yards passing and nine touchdowns, completing 75 percent of his passes and leading the league with an absurd 132.9 passer rating.
While there is no doubting that this will be a large task for the Bills so-far average secondary, this year’s team looks like it could be an intriguing enigma. After putting up a good fight with the Patriots and a solid performance against the Bucs, the Bills face another marquee team. A win this weekend could well put the Bills on the radar as 2009’s sleeper team to beat.
Edwards so far has looked cool in the pocket, making smart decisions managing the game. He sure isn’t Drew Brees, but he isn’t Ryan Leaf either. Not by a long shot. Having thrown two touchdowns in both games this season, he has put the paddles to the chest of a Bills offense that spent the preseason in a lifeless flat-line.
Paired with another strong performance from Fred Jackson, the Bills may have just enough firepower to get the job done this weekend. That having been said, if the Saints score more than 45 points (becoming just the fourth team in NFL history to do so in three consecutive games) I expect them to come out with the win.
Generating key turnovers will be key to stopping the big drives and turning them into opportunities for Buffalo to score. If Donte Whitner, Aaron Schobel, Terrence McGee, and Co. can have big nights – the Bills should be looking at a big upset.