Saints vs. Bills 2013: Game Time, TV Schedule, Online Streaming, Odds and More

Coming off of a bye week, the New Orleans Saints (5-1) host the Buffalo Bills (3-4) in the Superdome! After a controversial first loss of the season in Foxborough, the Saints should be looking to put their foot down against their third third AFC East opponent of the 2013 season

For those fans not fortunate enough to enjoy the game in person, here is how you can catch all the action on the field:

Game time:
Sunday, October 27th @ 1:00pm EDT / Noon CDT

Location:
Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA

NOLA TV Broadcast (LIVE):
WWL Channel 4 (CBS)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) & Dan Dierdorf (color analyst)
Also showing on CBS in select markets nationwide. (click to check which games will be broadcast in your area)

Sunday Ticket DIRECTV:
Channel 709

Radio:
WWL 870AM/105.3FM
(NO); SIRIUS: 92 (NO), 134 (BUF); XM: 225 (NO)
For a list of Saints radio network affiliates, Click Here
For a list of Bills radio network affiliates, Click Here

Online Streaming:
NFL Live
, NFL Rewind

Odds:
Saints are favored by 11; Over/Under 48

Uniforms:
Black Jerseys with Gold Pants


Fun Facts:

  • Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone was the Offensive Coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08. He also played for the Saints in 1989.
  • Buffalo Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos was an Area Scout for New Orleans from 2005-12.
  • Saints CB Jabari Greer entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Bills in 2004, and played in Buffalo for five seasons (2004-08).
  • The first time the Bills and Saints played was in 1973, and the Bills were one of five wins for New Orleans that season.
  • Marques Colston currently sits at 7,718 career receiving yards… trailing the all time Saints leader in receiving yards (Eric Martin, 7854) by 136 yards. Although we’ve been following the Colston Countdown here at CSC all season, Sean Payton was made aware of the upcoming record during a press conference earlier this week.

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Warning: If you don’t look at things with an open mind and don’t feasibly understand why trading Jimmy Graham could have an upside, turn back now.

During the bye week I wrote a post debating whether Drew Brees is becoming too Jimmy-dependent and our buddy J.R. Ella proposed the idea of trading Jimmy Graham away. Both of these topics are pretty dang controversial, but I’ll admit, I never expected some of the close-minded comments that tagged along.

C’mon, Saints fans. Let’s be real here

Let’s start out with the fact that the NFL is a business. In this day and age, nobody is safe on a roster no matter how good they are. A player could be the league leading receiver one year and then two years later be cut and sent to the streets or traded away for picks. If you don’t understand this, then I don’t blame you for not getting why Jimmy would be given up.

If you don’t believe me, take a look at what is known as “The Trade.” In 1989, the Cowboys decided to trade Herschel Walker, arguably the best college football player of all time, on a whim. After only three seasons with the club, Walker packed his things and was shipped to the Minnesota Vikings.

Dallas traded Walker plus four draft picks to the Vikings for five players and eight draft picks, two of which were spent on Darren Woodson and Emmitt Smith; both turned out to be key to Dallas’ Super Bowl victories and went on to be all-time greats. Nobody knew how this trade would work out in the end when it was developed. Minnesota figured they were a star running back away from a Super Bowl and Dallas was desperately trying to turn their season around.

Similarly, the Cleveland Browns traded away their second year star running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first round pick just a couple of games into the 2013 season. Pundits thought the Browns were absolutely insane. They traded a running back that sports a 3.4 yards per carry average in his career and just 3.1 in 2013. Mark Ingram’s career average is 3.8 per clip and if someone offered the Saints a first round pick for him I would be extremely interested to know what illegal substance was being used.

Teams use trades such as ones like that of Herschel and Richardson to build for the future. The Boys got three first rounders and three seconds in their deal and the Browns picked up a first. They will be able to draft a quarterback that they are in desperate need of, plus use their original pick to snag a defensive or offensive playmaker. Bill Belichick has been using the formula of acquiring draft picks to build depth for over a decade and he has created a dynasty in the Patriots that includes appearing in five Super Bowls and winning three of them.

Why the Saints Should Trade Jimmy Graham After This Season

New Orleans doesn’t need Graham to have a topflight offense, but they could use him to build a topflight defense.

If someone was offering Mickey Loomis the right deal, say a pair of firsts and a pair of seconds for Jimmy, why would it be so wrong for him to consider it? That’s right, it wouldn’t. Think of how big the Saints would become on draft day with a first round pick (plus others) from a team like Jacksonville or Oakland, who both will likely have top ten picks. They could package picks in another deal for a stud in return or draft a defensive monster like Jadaveon Clowney or, get this, add an offensive weapon such as Mike Evans from Texas A&M who would be just as deadly as Graham. Oh, and don’t forget they will be back with a pair of picks in the second round. Crazy how that works isn’t it?

By no means am I saying that Jimmy is (or should be) on the trading block, or that he isn’t a part of the team’s future plans. But to say that it would be stupid to trade him for a huge return value is ludicrous, especially when you figure the Saints would probably have to cut a third of their team to make cap room for his monstrous new deal. NFL general managers have to and will look into every deal that is proposed or else they could miss out on a chance to better their team in the long run.

It’s not like the Saints would be super crippled from trading Graham away either. I mean, if you think about it, they would only have Nick Toon, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Ben Watson, Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem, and whichever receiving threat(s) that they would get to replace him left.

Now that you mention it, they would be screwed. C’mon, Saints fans. Let’s be real here.

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Tweets


Harper, Walker & Sweeting are out for Sunday. Graham, Ingram, Jordan & Strief are questionable. Injury Report: http://t.co/ZAneuJoC3a

New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


#Saints Jimmy Graham returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and is officially listed as questionable. Expect a game-day decision.

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


#Saints INJ: Harper, Walker & Sweeting are out for Sunday. Graham, Ingram, Jordan & Strief are questionable. Graham listed as limited Friday

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 25, 2013


#Saints Victor Butler said he hasn’t given up on playing this season. With PUP rules he can wait until Week 15, hopes it wont take that long

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


That’s not an indication he’ll play this season, obviously, but he’s saying he’s rehabbing and preparing with the thought in mind.

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


Butler also said there wasn’t any specific rehab timetable given to him when he tore his ACL b/c every player is so different.

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


Butler was realistic about the situation though. It’s a longshot for him to play this season. Still wants/hopes to be out there.

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


#Saints Butler said he’s been running, cutting and getting back in shape for a few weeks now. Knows he might not return in ’13 but will try.

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


RB Mark Ingram was in a good mood this afternoon in the locker room. Said he has felt good with what he has been able to do.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


Ingram said that he wouldn’t wish a toe injury on his worst enemy after dealing w/ a toe issue 2 times in the past 3 years.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


When asked who his worst enemy would be, he laughed and said probably someone from Auburn. I assume not Ben Grubbs, however. Teammates.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


#Saints Ingram said he used to think toe injuries no big deal. But after 2 unrelated toe injuries in 3 years ‘wouldn’t wish on worst enemy’

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


#Saints RB Mark Ingram said he felt good about work he was able to do on practice field today. Just being smart with toe …

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) October 25, 2013


We become what we repeatedly do. #WhoAreYou

Roman Harper (@Harp41) October 25, 2013


God protect the child dat can Hold his OWN!!

— NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) October 25, 2013


Asked Ryan if Malcolm Jenkins was arguing/lobbying for more safety blitzes. Him: You had right the first time. Arguing is right!

— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 25, 2013


@Saints fans! TE @BenjaminSWatson will be at @ColdstoneElm TONIGHT from 7-8PM! Meet him and buy his special creation to help his charity!

— Coldstone Elmwood (@ColdstoneElm) October 25, 2013


Rob Ryan on Malcolm Jenkins “we never want to take him out. He’s played about every position on defense but nose tackle” #Saints

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


All Sean Payton said is the #Saints will keep evaluating Jimmy Graham in reference to today being an important day for Graham.

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 25, 2013


Payton says Ingram has turned the corner. Been upbeat this week.

— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) October 25, 2013


Saints fan @WillieGarson of @WhiteCollarUSA is a guest on today’s @BlackBlueReport podcast: http://t.co/A2Ms2UjeeM #NOLA

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


Just finished reading Nate Jackson‘s “Slow Getting Up” — an absolute MUST read for anyone with any feelings about the game. (cont)

Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) October 25, 2013


CJ Spiller is doubtful. Game-time decision per Marrone

— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 25, 2013


Fred Jackson (knee) is probable. Manny Lawson is doubtful

— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 25, 2013


The Bills have promoted running back Ronnie Wingo from the practice squad, per a league source

— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 25, 2013


Can’t wait for date night and movie night with @hillarymullin tonight! So looking forward to it!

Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) October 25, 2013


Belichick on trades: It’s hard to get someone ready in a short time http://t.co/YcpvlrCWzu

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 25, 2013


.@BenjaminSWatson says Jimmy Graham’s status doesn’t change his approach for Sunday (VIDEO) http://t.co/oLm5rpmuud #BUFvsNO

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013


Pearl Jam’s @MikeMcCreadyPJ rockin’ a @TeamGleason shirt on @LateNightJimmy last night pic.twitter.com/qcMSb7TmRM

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 25, 2013

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Bills @ Saints News

New Orleans Saints – Buffalo Bills Final Injury Report
3 New Orleans Saints players are listed as out for Sunday

Bills coach appreciates what he learned from Sean Payton | wwltv.com New Orleans
Doug Marrone would like to say just how much he learned from Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis when he served as the Saints’ offensive coordinator from 2006 to ’08.

Know the Enemy: Saints on Mario Williams – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
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Jackson thinks Spiller is at only 75 percent | ProFootballTalk
As Bills running back C.J. Spiller continues to struggle with an ankle injury, one of the teammates that knows him best knows he’s hampered. Running back Fred Jackson told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that Spiller’s ankle injury has left the faster, younger tailback significantly limited.

Saints have many receiving options even if Jimmy Graham isn’t one Sunday
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New Orleans Saints Fantasy Spotlight: The Return of Lance Moore
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Black and Gold Today: Saints-Bills quarterback comparison, game predictions, trivia challenge winner and more – Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Katherine Terrell preview the Saints vs. Bills game Sunday at noon, focusing on the battle of the running games and predictions. Plus see the winner of this week’s Saints trivia challenge. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

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Other Saints News

Saints rookie on the rise: Kenny Stills’ catch was ‘special’ – ESPN
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Malcolm Jenkins’ wish granted, thanks to Rob Ryan – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. — Malcolm Jenkins is back where he belongs in the New Orleans Saints defense. And that’s no one place in particular. After being used

Saints morning report: Panthers on prowl – NFC South Blog – ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – I mentioned the Carolina Panthers as a sneaky-dangerous foe in the NFC South when I broke down the remaining schedule during the

Saints Combo of Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins Working Perfectly
Saints Combo of Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins Working Perfectly

Drew Brees’ durability all the more impressive as NFL teams struggle at quarterback | NOLA.com
Brees has started 117 of 118 games since he joined Saints in 2006

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Around the League

When Favre says he’s done, this time he means it | ProFootballTalk
It’s become difficult to take Brett Favre at his word when it comes to whether he’s truly done playing football.  Numerous times in the past, he has said he’s done and he has returned. But when Favre said Thursday there’s no way he’s coming back, he likely meant it.

Reggie Bush doesn’t practice on Friday, has leg wrapped | ProFootballTalk
One of the Lions‘ most important offensive players could be a late-week addition to the injury report. Lions running Reggie Bush did not participate in practice on Friday, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reported. Per Twentyman, Bush’s right leg was “wrapped up.

Redskins say there’s no connection to “Bravehearts” trademark | ProFootballTalk
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Video

VIDEO Junior Galette on stopping Bills running game
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, October 24, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO New Orleans Saints Morning Report: October 25
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier chats with TE Benjamin Watson for the Morning Report on Friday, October 25, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO Saints vs Bills 2013 Trailer
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VIDEO Romig’s Favorite Games: Superdome reopening
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