The New Orleans Saints' offense had a completely different look on Sunday as they cruised to their seventh straight win with a 47-10 rout of the Buffalo Bills. What made this game so interesting is, despite the 47 points, Drew Brees was just 18-of-25 for 184 yards and no touchdown passes. A majority of the production came from Mark Ingram, who ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Alvin Kamara also found the end zone once, as the Saints scored on five of their first six possessions for the early advantage. They finished with a combined 298 yards on the ground and 32 first downs. Trey Edmunds added to that effort with a 41-yard rushing score, while Brees found a way to help out by running in from six yards out for a score. The win streak for the Saints comes after their 0-2 start and is their longest streak since winning eight in a row to end the 2011 season. The Bills dropped their second straight game, and first at home, as their record dropped to 5-4 on the year. Tyrod Taylor struggled as he finished 9-of-19 passing for 56 yards and an interception. LeSean McCoy was also slowed down and compiled just 49 yards rushing and 11 yards receiving. The Saints will put their win streak on the line at home next week against the Washington Redskins, while the Bills will head out west to battle the Los Angeles Chargers.
Falcons Shut Down Prescott, Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys came in to Sunday's matchup in Atlanta on a three-game win streak, but they were also playing without star running back Ezekiel Elliott. Yes, that's right, the six-game suspension is back on, and this time it seems to be for good. That definitely affected the Cowboys on Sunday, as Prescott was sacked eight times in a 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Adrian Clayborn led that charge by setting a Falcons' franchise record with six sacks, holding Prescott to just 176 yards on 20-of-30 passing. On the other side of the ball, Matt Ryan threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns, one to Justin Hardy and the other to Austin Hooper. Dallas did take an early lead on Prescott's 11-yard touchdown run, but the mobile quarterback would not do much running after that. Clayborn came in to the game with 20.5 sacks in his seven-year career, and only had more than six sacks in a season once, which was 7.5 in 2011. Dallas did not have much of a run game to turn to in this situation, as Alfred Morris stepped in for Elliott and ran for 53 yards on 11 carries. Also noticeably absent in this game was left tackle Tyron Smith, who sat with a back injury. Both teams come out of this game at 5-4 on the season, as Atlanta goes on to visit the Seattle Seahawks in a tough Monday night game, while Dallas will host the NFL's best team, the Philadelphia Eagles, next Sunday night.
Celtics Edge Raptors For 12th Straight Win
The Boston Celtics played their first full game without Kyrie Irving on Sunday afternoon due to a facial fracture, but that did not stop them from extending their impressive win streak. The Celtics got 24 points from Al Horford and were able to hang on at home for a 95-94 win over the Toronto Raptors. Horford led the way in his return from a two-game absence due to a concussion, which is luckily not what Irving is dealing with, although, the point guard does have a minor facial fracture following the inadvertent elbow to the face from Aaron Baynes on Friday. Terry Rozier filled in for Irving and scored 16, while Jaylen Brown added 18 in the win. The Celtics' victory was sealed after DeMar DeRozan missed a potential game-winning tip-in with 19 seconds left, and then another shot attempt with two seconds remaining, as the Raptors' minor two-game win streak came to an end. DeRozan finished with 24 points, while Kyle Lowry chipped in 19 points and seven rebounds in a losing effort for the 7-5 Raptors. Toronto will stay on this three-game road trip on Tuesday night in Houston against the Rockets. The Celtics' 12-game win streak is tied for their third-longest in 30 years, and they will put it on the line in Brooklyn against the Nets on Tuesday.