Bills at Saints how to watch: Pick, TV channel, live stream, what to know for ‘Thursday Night Football’

The final game of the 2021 Thanksgiving Day slate pits the Buffalo Bills against the New Orleans Saints. Both teams have been up and down of late, and for different reasons. They are each still in playoff position heading into Thursday’s games, but only barely. 

This is a matchup of two teams at different points in their respective contender life cycles, with the Bills entering the physical prime of their star quarterback and the Saints having just moved on from a future Hall of Famer. They’re both well-coached, though, albeit by coaches who specialize on different sides of the ball. That should all make this matchup a fascinating one, so let’s break it down. 

But first, here’s how you can watch the game this evening.

How to watch

Date: Thursday, Nov. 25 | Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Caesars Superdome (New Orleans)
TV:
NFL Network | Stream: fuboTV (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Bills -6, O/U 45

When the Bills have the ball

The Bills have been frustratingly inconsistent on offense all season. From play to play, drive to drive, and game to game. The highs have been very high, and the lows have been awfully low. Their week-by-week averages in yards per play, EPA per play, and points per drive tell the story quite well. 

WEEKOPPONENTYDS/PLAYEPA/PLAYPTS/DRIVE1PIT4.70-0.151.452MIA4.91-0.012.693WAS6.250.153.584HOU6.250.043.335KC8.070.223.106TEN5.710.083.108MIA5.320.012.369JAX4.63-0.230.6710NYJ9.060.263.4611IND5.69-0.041.67

Much like they have with the Chiefs, opponents have been daring Buffalo to move the ball downfield by either running it or consistently completing short passes underneath. 

The Bills have seen zone coverage on 69% of passing plays this season, per TruMedia. That’s up from just 55% last year. Josh Allen is not really one of those quarterbacks that throws his receivers open. He needs to see the guy break into space, and he can then count on his arm strength…

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