Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills didn't seem too far off from being 3-0.
But they're 1-2.
The Bills hung tough with the NFL's scariest offense well into the fourth quarter, but still came up short Sunday, losing to the Saints 27-7 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Bills had their chances to give the Saints a game but couldn't generate the offense.
They should have defeated the New England Patriots on opening night, but a colossal gaffe did them in. Leodis McKelvin infamously fumbled a kickoff inside the final two minutes to set up the winning Tom Brady touchdown strike.
Against the Saints, they needed to nullify Saints bombardier Drew Brees. They did, holding him to 173 yards and no touchdowns after he fired off nine touchdown tosses in the first two weeks.
But the Saints unleashed running back Pierre Thomas in the second half. Thomas didn't have a carry in the first half but finished with 126 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bills had several opportunities to stay in the game. They trailed by a field goal heading into the fourth quarter, but their offense -- so effective in Weeks 1 and 2 -- fell apart down the stretch.
Owens' streak of 185 straight games with at least one reception, the longest active streak not counting unemployed Marvin Harrison, came to an end.