NFL

Saints continue to roll over Buffalo

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes in a 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon. 
COURTESY PHOTO/New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes - two to star tight end Jimmy Graham - and the defense forced three turnovers as the New Orleans Saints rolled to a 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (6-1) were a little rusty coming off their bye week but the offense kicked it into gear during the middle two quarters as the Saints outscored the Bills 21-10 in that crucial two-quarter span.

Brees was 26-of-34 for 332 yards and the five touchdowns, a season high.

Graham, who was questionable all week with a foot injury, caught three passes for 37 yards, including 15-yard and a 13-yard TD receptions.

It was Brees' 22nd career game of four-plus TDs passing. Only Peyton Manning (25) and Brett Favre (23) have more in NFL history. It also was the eighth time in Brees' career that he has thrown for five touchdowns, the most in NFL history. Brees topped the 200-yard mark for the 38th straight time.

Rookie receiver Kenny Stills caught two TD passes - a 69-yard bomb and a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.

"It was good to get the win," Coach Sean Payton said, "but there are things we have to get cleaned up."

The Saints' defense set the tone for the day when linebacker David Hawthorne drilled Bills quarterback Thad Lewis on the first play from scrimmage and forced a fumble recovered by Junior Galette. The Saints forced two more Bills turnovers, a sack-fumble by defensive end Cameron Jordan and interception by cornerback Keenan Lewis.

The Saints play at the New York Jets next Sunday afternoon.