By Mary Pesarchick // @HeyMom418
Near the end of the Buffalo Bills’ humiliating 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints, a streaker, with literally nothing except copious amounts of alcohol to protect him from the 47 degree temperatures, jumped out onto the field. The completely naked man, later identified as Tristan Lambright, 29, managed to run free for more than 70 yards before he was subdued by security.
Needless to say, the faithful fans who stayed to the bitter end of the game were delighted with this spectacle. They cheered loudly as Lambright sprinted to the end zone, accomplishing something that the Bills’ offense failed to do all day. Twitter exploded with fans’ observations that Lambright had a longer run from scrimmage than either running back LeSean McCoy or quarterback Tyrod Taylor had managed all season.
Some fans, not completely kidding, urged Bills general manager Brandon Beane to sign Lambright to the team. There were also suggestions that Beane sign the security personnel as they, unlike the Bills defense, actually managed to tackle a runner.
No, Lambright’s (ahem) “attributes” weren’t the only things exposed at New Era Field on Sunday. The “band of misfits,” as Bills players like to refer to themselves, were just that, and they played disorganized, uninspired football. In the absence of the multiple turnovers that were their hallmark during the first eight games, the Bills defense revealed itself to be very mediocre, if not completely lacking, in talent. The run defense was especially brutal.
As appropriate to the observation of Veteran’s Day, you could have driven a Humvee through the holes in the Bills’ defensive front. Tackling in the backfield was deplorable. By the end, the two Saints’ running backs, Mark Ingram, and Alvin Kamara had over 100 yards rushing each. Given the dominance of the the running game, quarterback Drew Brees had himself an easy day at the office, completing 18 of 25 passes for 184 yards. Probably didn’t break a sweat.
The Saints did not have to punt. Not once.
The complete collapse of the Bills’ defense was matched by the continued and increasingly maddening ineptitude of the offense. The running game remained non-existent. They managed only 129 yards passing and failed again to involve their wide receivers Jordan Matthews and recently signed Kelvin Benjamin in the game plan. Even the return of tight end Charles Clay, who was sidelined for three weeks with a knee injury, didn’t help. The Bills managed a TOTAL of 198 yards on offense.
In short, the Saints completely crushed the Bills who were outplayed even more than the lopsided score would suggest. Despite this, thanks to the bizarre nature of the NFL this year, the Bills are still clinging to sixth place in the AFC playoff race. Next up is a trip out west to play the Los Angeles Chargers. Head coach Sean McDermott must come up with some plan to stop quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Melvin Gordon or the Bills will kiss goodbye any real hope of playing in the postseason. The offense simply must get on track and re-ignite the running game that was so successful last year.
Maybe they should study the film on Lambright…
Talk Bills with Mary on Twitter // @HeyMom418
Follow us on Instagram @ourturffootball