By Jay Skurski
Stevie Johnson looked every bit a No. 1 receiver on the Buffalo Bills’ first drive of the second quarter.
Johnson had four catches for 42 yards during the Bills’ eight-play, 72-yard drive that ended with his 13-yard touchdown catch that tied the game, 7-7.
With the catch, Johnson ended a streak of four straight games without a touchdown.
Johnson, though, came off the field midway through the quarter with trainer Bud Carpenter. He did return to the field before halftime.
The Bills took a 10-7 lead with a 37-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter with 4:38 to go in the second quarter, but the Buffalo defense couldn’t hold it.
New Orleans took the lead less than a minute later on a 69-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to rookie Kenny Stills, then extended the lead to 21-10 when Brees hooked up with tight end Jimmy Graham for a 15-yard score shortly before halftime.
Hartley struggling: The Bills’ deficit could be even greater, but New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley is struggling. After missing a 47-yarder in the first quarter, Hartley missed a 38-yard try in the second quarter.
Fumble … again: Bills quarterback Thad Lewis put the ball on the turf for a third time today during the second quarter. Lewis was drilled on a blind-side hit by Saints linebacker Junior Galette, but the ball was recovered by Bills guard Doug Legursky.
Three and out: Buffalo once again struggled on a possession shortly before halftime. Lewis and Co. went three and out on a drive that started with 3:43 left in the quarter. That gave New Orleans the ball with 3:18 left, plenty of time for Brees to direct another touchdown pass.
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