Bills’ Josh Allen: Saints ‘got playmakers all around that defense’

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The New Orleans Saints will be banged up when they welcome the Buffalo Bills to the “Big Easy” for their Thanksgiving Day showdown.

But while their team has taken their share of injuries this season, many have been on offense. The defensive side of the ball in New Orleans (5-5) has been a steady bunch.

Ahead of game time, the Bills (6-4) know they’ll have to be prepared and already have their previous loss vs. the Indianapolis Colts behind them. The Saints will have a talented defense lining up against them, one that needs their full attention.

“You can’t let one week affect the other week,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen said via video conference on Tuesday.

“I think they’re a really good defense, they’ve got a really good front,” Allen added. “They’ve got playmakers all around that defense.”

Reflecting on his previous outing which included two interceptions on Sunday, the QB said those turnovers cannot travel with him to New Orleans. The Saints have the skill to make Allen pay for his miscues.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs referenced that. He called Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore amongst the best he’s going to face this season.

“He’s one of the best corners in the league, they’ve had one of the best back ends for awhile now,” Diggs said via video conference.

In terms of preparations, those will be led by Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott. He has some work cut out for him.

The Bills’ offensive line was woeful against the Colts and the Saints aren’t going to be easier. Along with the likes of Lattimore and safety Marcus Williams in the secondary, New Orleans features a front seven with linebacker Demario Davis and defensive end Marcus Davenport.

That’s a lot to deal with.

“Talented. They’ve put a lot into that defense,” McDermott said via video conference. “They do a nice job, a combination of rushing the passer, affecting the quarterback, and coverage on the back end working together.”

Adding to the pressure is a team that’s not even going to be there: The New England Patriots.

The Pats overtook the Bills in the AFC East standings last week with Buffalo’s loss.

If McDermott’s offense cannot rise up and meet the challenge of toppling the Saints, many will not envy the coach.

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