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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-0) AT BUFFALO BILLS (1-1)

SERIES

 

SAINTS

BILLS

SERIES LEADER

Series tied, 4-4

STREAKS

3 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 0-0

Jauron: 0-1

LAST WEEK

W 48-22 at Eagles

W 33-20 vs. Buccaneers

LAST GAME

10/2/05: Bills 7 at Saints 19 in San Antonio.  Following early Buffalo TD, New Orleans scores 19 unanswered points in Saints' 1st home game at Alamodome following Hurricane Katrina.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/9/01: Saints 24, Bills 6.  New Orleans QB Aaron Brooks throws 3 TD passes to different teammates as Saints win on Kickoff Weekend.  Saints RB Ricky Williams adds 93 rush yards.

BROADCAST

CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ron Pitts, John Lynch.  SIRIUS: 91 (NO), 127 (Buf.).  XM: 104 (Buf.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 51-68-669 (1C)-9 (1L)-2-132.9 (1L)

Edwards: 36-56-442-4 (T2C)-1-104.9 (2C)

RUSHING

Bush: 17-47-2.8-1

Jackson: 43-220 (2C)-5.1-0

RECEIVING

Colston: 11-128-11.6-3 (1L)

Jackson (RB): 11-108-9.8-1

OFFENSE

468.0 (1L)

357.0

TAKE/GIVE

+3

0

DEFENSE

347.0

397.0

SACKS

3 tied: 1

3 tied: 1

INTs

Sharper: 3 (T1L)

3 tied: 1 (T3C)

PUNTING

Morstead (R): 50.4

Moorman: 44.7

KICKING

Carney: 21 (T2L) (12/12 PAT; 3/4 FG)

Lindell: 21 (1C) (6/6 PAT; 5/5 FG)

 

NOTES

SAINTS 1st team since 1968 Oak. to score 45+ points in 1st 2 games...QB DREW BREES completed 28 of 33 (84.8 pct.) for 339 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 149.1 rating in last game vs. Buf. (11/20/05 with SD).  Has 9 pass TDs, tied for most ever in 1st 2 games (CHARLEY JOHNSON, 1965).  Since joining NO in 2006, has 14,579 passing yards, most by QB in 1st 50 games with new team.  In past 8 games, Brees has 25 TDs.  Aims for 9th in row with 2+ TD passes.  In past 22, Brees has 15 300-yard games...RB-PR REGGIE BUSH has 25 career TDs (13 rush, 8 rec, 4 PR) & is only player in team history to score via rush, rec. & PR...WR MARQUES COLSTON had 2 rec. TDs last week & has 7 TDs in past 5.  TE JEREMY SHOCKEY has 429 receptions since 2002, 3rd most in NFL among TEs.  WR DEVERY HENDERSONaverages 21.6 yards per catch in career...S DARREN SHARPER had 97-yard INT-TD last week, 9th INT-TD of career, tied for 2nd most all-time.  Leads active players with 57 INTs.  DE CHARLES GRANT had sack & FF in last meeting...

BILLS Club has won 5 of past 6 in Sept. & aims for 5th consecutive win at home in Sept...DICK JAURON is longest-tenured Bills head coach since MARV LEVY (1986-1997)...QB TRENT EDWARDS has 7-6 (.538) record as starter at home.  Edwards has 88.3 passer rating in past 3 at home vs. NFC...RB FRED JACKSON posted career-high 163 rushing yards (5.8 avg.) on 28 att. last week.  In past 2, Jackson has totaled 328 yards (220 rush, 108 receiving)...WR TERRELL OWENS leads NFL with 110 TD receptions since 2000.  Owens has reception in 185 consecutive games - 3rd longest streak in NFL history (JERRY RICE, 274; MARVIN HARRISON, 190).  In past 5 vs. NO, Owens has registered 7 TD receptions...Since 2000, WR LEE EVANS leads NFL with 6 70+ yard TD rec...Bills became 1st team since Seahawks in '98 to record an INT-TD in 1st 2 games of season...S DONTE WHITNER posted 1st career INT-TD return last week...DE AARON SCHOBEL ranks 2nd in Bills history with 69 career sacks (BRUCE SMITH, 171).