(SportsNetwork.com) - Hoping to rebound from their first loss of the season, the New Orleans Saints look to win for a fifth straight time out of the bye week as they play host to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at the Superdome.
The Saints opened up the 2013 campaign with five straight victories before visiting the New England Patriots ahead of the off week. New Orleans went into its break disappointed after dropping a 30-27 decision.
The Saints trailed 17-7 at the half and 23-17 midway through the fourth quarter before a Drew Brees 34-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills with 3:29 to go put New Orleans up by a point.
New England then failed to convert on a 4th-down try, but New Orleans was unable to pick up a first down and settled for a 39-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley with 2:24 to go.
The game then looked locked up after the Saints picked off Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the ensuing possession, but New Orleans went three- and-out again, giving Brady enough time to complete a go-ahead 17-yard TD pass with five seconds to go.
"New England did a very good job containing us," said Saints head coach Sean Payton. "Offensively, we had too many three-and-outs early on."
Brees threw for 236 yards with two touchdown passes along with an interception, while running back Darren Sproles led the club with six catches. Tight end Jimmy Graham was targeted six times, but was held without a catch.
Graham was looking to heal up during the bye week, but was still unable to practice on Wednesday because of a leg injury.
The Bills will take any advantage they can get as they try to win back-to-back road games for the first time since Weeks 6-7 of the 2009 season. They took on a Miami Dolphins team last Sunday that was coming out of their bye, and used a late defensive surge to claim a 23-21 win.
Down by four in the fourth quarter, Dan Carpenter supplied the only points of the final frame with two field goals. His second with 33 seconds to go put Buffalo ahead after Mario Williams had a strip-sack of Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Lineman Kyle Williams recovered at the Miami 34-yard line and Fred Jackson had a key 10-yard pick up on 3rd-and-4 to keep the drive going.
"I came through clean and realized I had a shot at it (stripping the ball) and was going for it all the way," said Williams. "This was a big win for us, a tough division road game and it feels great to come out on top."
Miami-area native Thad Lewis, making his second start while EJ Manuel recovers from a knee sprain, passed for just 202 yards with an interception but the Bills snapped a two-game losing streak and got their first win against an AFC East opponent in three tries this season.
Jackson shook off a leg injury to rush for 36 yards on 11 carries, including a three-yard score in the opening quarter and rookie quarterback Nickell Robey opened the scoring with a 19-yard pick six 93 seconds into the game.
The Saints lead the all-time series 5-4, winning each of the past three meetings. Buffalo has not won in this series since Dec. 27, 1998 in New Orleans and the clubs are meeting for the first time since 2005.
Doug Marrone was hired as the Bills' head coach in January after four seasons as the head coach at Syracuse. Prior to that college stint, he served as offensive coordinator for the Saints from 2006-08.
A victory this weekend would be the biggest one of his brief Buffalo tenure.