The Saints are risking their undefeated Thanksgiving Day against the Bills in 2021.
New Orleans made its Thanksgiving debut in 2010. They were the reigning Super Bowl champions at the time Drew Brees helped lead the team to a 30-27 victory over the Cowboys led by Jon Kitna. Since then, they have appeared twice more, beating the Falcons in a series at home and at home during the 2018 and 2019 seasons to achieve a 3-0 record.
Now, the Saints will return to the Superdome on Thanksgiving with the team’s toughest job yet. They must beat the Bills without several key pieces on offense.
New Orleans (5-5) will start Trevor Siemian at quarterback, and Siemian has posted a 0-3 record as a starter since Jameis Winston’s ACL tear that ended the season. Alvin Kamara (knee) and the team’s top two offensive tackles, Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk, will also be out. And they are already without the best receiver Michael Thomas.
Will Siemian be able to regain the form he showed in Winston’s relief against the Buccaneers? That will be the Saints’ best hope of competing. But it’s hard to count on that happening against a strong Buffalo defense.
That said, the Bills (6-5) have struggled in recent weeks. They are 2-3 in their last five games and the Colts defeated them 41-15. The defense couldn’t contain Jonathan Taylor (five TDs) and quarterback Josh Allen has been inconsistent to date. The defense should bounce back in an easier matchup, but can the Bills ‘one-dimensional, high-pass offense keep the Saints’ defense guessing enough to win in hostile territory in a short week? It is not an easy task.
This game looks like the best of the three Thanksgiving matchups overall, and it will go a long way in determining potential wild-card entrants in both the AFC and the NFC.
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Bills vs. Saints score
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Bills vs. Saints Live Updates, NFL Thanksgiving Game Highlights
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8:46 pm – On third and second, Trevor Siemian is fired by Mario Addison. The Saints lose nine yards and will kick it on fourth and 11. The Bills will regain the ball at their 27-yard line.
8:45 pm – It looks like Ty Montgomery is going to be the second running back and main complement to Tony Jones Jr. He caught a screen pass from the backfield and turned it into a 3-yard gain. It’s third and two for the Saints now.
8:43 pm – The Saints got the ball back and got their first, first chance of the game. Trevor Siemian threw the ball to Ty Montgomery from the backfield. He advanced about eight yards on the play.
8:40 pm – Buffalo ran the ball seven times on his first drive and only passed it three times. They generated 35 yards rushing and 30 yards passing and looked like a balanced offensive attack. That’s what Sean McDermott and the Bills are looking for tonight.
Score: Bills 7, Saints 0
8:38 pm – The Bills are the first to get on the board. Josh Allen finds Dawson Knox on a second and goal from the 7-yard line. Knox catches the short pass and dives into the end zone through a tackle for his first score. That makes it 7-0, Bills.
8:36 pm – Josh Allen helps the Bills convert a third and three in a designed run. Wait for the blocks to unfold before heading downhill and picking up the first one. First and goal for the Bills.
8:34 pm – The Bills are moving the ball with ease in the Saints’ defense. They’ve gotten three first downs so far and are getting a great effort out of Matt Breida. He has three carries for 20 yards at this early stage of the game.
8:32 pm – The Bills’ first play is a first down. Josh Allen finds Stefon Diggs, who made a good move in the Saints defense to get a first down.
8:30 pm – The Saints go three and go. They start with two short runs, one for Tony Jones Jr. and one for Ty Montgomery, before Trevor Siemian completed a pass to Tre’Quan Smith without the first down sticks. The Bills set up the punt and return it to their own 30-yard line.
8:29 pm – Fun fact: No home team has won on Thanksgiving since 2018. Last home team to win? The Saints of New Orleans.
8:28 pm – The Raiders just beat the Cowboys 36-33 with a field goal. The Bills are now about to start with the Saints, as this is the only game currently airing during this Thanksgiving tripleheader.
8:19 pm – The Bills have at least one notable sports figure on their side for this game. Phil Mickelson sent his best effort to Josh Allen and the Bills before the game.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hoping it was a great day. I hope my man Josh Allen (and the Bills) takes it to the Saints. It should be a beating. See you tomorrow live from The Match
– Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) November 26, 2021
Allen dressed up as Mickelson for Halloween, so the love between the two is mutual.
8:15 pm – Five minutes to go. The bills are favored by seven points in this, by FanDuel sports betting. They opened as four-point favorites.
8:11 pm – Demario Davis is rooting for the Saints for this one with an intense pregame speech.
8:05 pm – There are 15 minutes until game time. The Cowboys-Raiders game is still ongoing, but that will not delay the start of this game.
8:03 pm – Jordan Poyer and the Bills are gearing up for this one. The Saints are perfect 3-0 on Thanksgiving, so they’ll need to bring their A game to win at the Superdome.
7:54 pm – Cris Collinsworth has Thanksgiving off, so Drew Brees will be in action on the call. The Saints took that opportunity to honor their legendary Super Bowl-winning quarterback with a post on Twitter.
7:50 pm – Bills tight end Dawson Knox played catch some fans before the game started. Very cool.
7:39 pm – The Bills are also using a different running back rotation in Week 12. Zack Moss is inactive and will be a healthy scratch for the game. That means Devin Singletary and Matt Breida will lead Buffalo’s backfield. Sean McDermott congratulated Breida earlier in the week so he could end up being the backfield leader.
7:35 pm – The Saints will be understaffed as a running back. Both Alvin Kamara (knee) and Mark Ingram (knee) are out for the game. Tony Jones Jr. will lead the New Orleans backfield. For a full view of the depth chart of the team’s riders, click here.
Bills vs Saints start time
- Date: Thursday, November 25
- Weather8:20 pm ET
The schedule of Bills vs. Saints is scheduled to begin at 8:20 pm ET on Thanksgiving. That’s the same time all NFL Thursday night games will start in 2021.
How to watch Bills vs. Saints on Thanksgiving
- television channel: NBC
- Live broadcast: Peacock, fuboTV
NBC will broadcast the Bills vs. Saints on Thanksgiving. While the game takes place on Thursday night, it is not a “Thursday night football” game. That property is owned by Fox, so technically this will be a “Sunday Night Football” game.
The NBC broadcast will also look a little different on Thanksgiving than normal. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will have the day off, so Mike Tirico and Drew Brees are expected to be on the call. Kathryn Tappen could also appear on the sidelines in place of Michele Tafoya.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest using fuboTV, offering a 7-day free trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN. free with a 30-day trial.
Thanksgiving Soccer Calendar 2021
Here’s a look at the full NFL schedule for Thanksgiving 2021. As always, the Lions will play in the early game while the Cowboys will play in the afternoon game.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.