The New Orleans Saints treated their fans to yet another victory on Sunday.

This one came on the road against the Buffalo Bills, and it was the team’s seventh-straight win after getting off to a disappointing 0-2 start to the season.

The win on Sunday, though, could well have been the Saints’ most impressive of the year.

The team ran the ball 48 times for 298 yards, and four different Saints scored rushing touchdowns. Running back Mark Ingram led the way with 131 yards and three touchdowns. But rookie running back Alvin Kamara, quarterback Drew Brees and backup running back Trey Edmunds added scoring runs of their own.

At one point in the game, the Saints ran 21 straight running plays – a scenario that would have been unthinkable in some recent seasons when the team tended to pass much more than run.

By the end of Sunday’s matchup, the Saints were on the winning end of a lopsided 47-10 game against a team that was 5-3 entering the game and that still has a winning record.

On the other side of the ball, the Black and Gold were just as dominant. The Bills took a 3-0 lead on their first possession of the game. And they didn’t score again until a meaningless touchdown with less than 2 minutes left in the game and after many of both teams’ starters had been replaced by reserve players.

New Orleans’ offense racked up 32 first downs, and its defense allowed just 10 to the Bills.

Fans who prefer to see the high-flying offense that has been the routine since Brees arrival more than a decade ago were likely disappointed. But those who were pulling for a win in a hostile environment came away feeling great about their team.

The Saints still enjoy a first-place standing in the NFC South, and at 7-2, they are poised to make a run toward a spot in the NFL playoffs.

That would be a welcome change for a team that has posted three consecutive 7-9 seasons and left fans wondering if Brees would be able to make a return trip to the postseason before his eventual retirement.

Sunday’s performance will certainly improve most of the fans’ outlook. And it gives the Saints even more momentum going into Sunday’s matchup at home against the Washington Redskins.

Even at 7-2, the Black and Gold faithful want more wins – and the sooner the better.

Geaux Saints!

 

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