NEW ORLEANS – Drew Brees may not have recognized his old team on Thanksgiving Night.
The New Orleans Saints lost their fourth straight game in a season for the first time since 2015 and produced just 190 yards and 12 first downs in a humiliating, 31-6, loss to the Buffalo Bills at the Superdome on national television with Brees analyzing in the booth for NBC.
“I’m sure it was difficult for the TV viewing audience,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “It weighs on you. We need to look at what we’re doing and who we’re doing it with.”
Brees, who played for the Saints from 2006-2020 before retiring after last season, was honored at halftime of the game with the Saints down 10-0.
Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian completed just 17 of 29 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown with an interception around two sacks.
“Way too many three-and-outs today,” said Siemian, who is starting for Jameis Winston, the heir apparent to Brees who was lost for the season with a knee injury in week seven. There were four three-and-outs to be exact and five punts.
Josh Allen completed 23 of 28 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns for the Bills (7-4).
The Saints, who were without star running back Alvin Kamara for the third straight game as well as running back Mark Ingram, rushed for just 44 yards on 25 carries. Tony Jones Jr., a second-year undrafted free agent who came into the game with 92 yards in his career, led the Saints with 27 yards on 16 carries.
And Payton did not seem hopeful for the future.
“It’s not like new players are going to come walking through the hallway,” he said.