4 Saints players the Bills must game plan for in Week 12

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The Buffalo Bills visit the New Orleans Saints in Week 12 on Thanksgiving Day. The Bills (6-3) are just over a field goal favorite heading into Thursday.

While injured, after a blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo cannot take anyone lightly.

With that, here are four players the Bills must game plan for heading into their upcoming game vs. the Saints:

S Marcus Williams

Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) with the ball as New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Williams has been a staple in the Saints’ secondary since 2017 and that has continued this season.

He has already matched his passes defended total from 2020 with seven in four less games played with two interceptions. Williams also ranks as Pro Football Focus‘ third-best safety in the NFL this season.

After Bills quarterback Josh Allen had an inaccurate day in the office vs. the Colts, he’ll be well aware where Williams is roaming around.

LB Demario Davis

Saints linebacker Demario Davis Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills don’t run the ball much… and don’t do so very well when deciding to actually do so. The Saints are amongst the worst teams to try to fix that against.

Even after a poor outing as a run defense vs. the Philadelphia Eagles last week, New Orleans is still has the third-best run defense in the NFL currently (89.8 yards per game). Linebacker Demario Davis plays a big part against the run for the Saints.

Overall, Davis is PFF’s eighth-best graded linebacker in the NFL (73.5). His run defense grade is even better, the fifth-best. On top of that, Davis also has three sacks.

WR Deonte Harris

Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Only a 5-foot-6 receiver, Deonte Harris has used his speed to become the Saints’ top weapon on the outside this season. New Orleans has had Michaels Thomas for years, but injury has kept him sidelined for the year.

In 2021, Harris leads the Saints with 40 catches and 418 yards. He also has two touchdowns. In addition, Harris ranks as PFF’s second-best receiver in the entire NFL. That’s something for a bit of an under-the-radar guy.

Harris certainly is no Thomas, but he can break off some homerun plays. The Bills secondary will be well aware of that.

DE Marcus Davenport

Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

After being labeled a bit of a draft bust, Davenport has 5.5 sacks this season, which leads the Saints, and is PFF’s 10th best edge defender. Davenport is breaking out for the Saints.

The problem has been his health, and he’s also on the injury report this week. If Davenport can go, the Bills recently woeful offensive line has to contain him.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Bonus: Whoever is the Saints’ running back. Both Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram did not practice on Tuesday.

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