Saints’ fourth consecutive loss could cut playoff chances

Juliet Adams, Contributing Reporter

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The New Orleans Saints continued a four-game losing streak against the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day at the Caesars Superdome 31-6.

Saints’ quarterback Trevor Siemian could not offensively lead the Saints to victory, leaving them shut out by the Bills’ defense until the fourth quarter. Siemian was 17-29 passing for 163 yards. In the fourth quarter, Siemian was finally able to find Saints tight end Nick Vannett to get on the board but failed to complete the two point conversion opportunity. 

The Saints struggled to find any sort of offensive rhythm with their injury-ravaged line up. The Saints’ star quarterback Jameis Winston is out for the season with an ACL tear. In addition, star running back Alvin Kamara is listed as out on the injury list, and other running back Mark Ingram is listed as questionable for his return.

On the other end, Bills quarterback Josh Allen and the rest of the Bills’ offense dominated. Allen had 260 passing yards along with four touchdown passes throughout the game, two receptions from Dawson Knox and the other two from Steffon Diggs and Matt Breida. Unlike Siemian, Allen was much more successful with 23-29 on receptions. 

The Saints now stand in third in the NFC South behind the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They also possibly have risked their only chance of getting their NFC Wild Card spot for the upcoming playoffs with a record of 5-6. The Bills stand in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East Division.

Next up, the Bills will end Week 12 on Monday Night Football versus their longtime rivals and AFC East leader, the New England Patriots. On the other side, the Saints will have yet another challenge to face next week when they host the NFC East leaders, the Dallas Cowboys who lost to the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving Day. If the Saints are going to want a glimpse at the playoffs, they are going to need to turn around their offense in order to beat the Cowboys.