Through the New Orleans Saints' first eight games, 11 different players contributed at least a half sack. The number shows how the defense has received contributions from several players during its recent stretch of dominance.

Surprisingly, starting defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins wasn't among those 11 players, but he changed that in Sunday's 47-10 win over the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.

In a game in which the Saints defense dominated for nearly the entire game, Rankins was one of the brightest stars. In addition to his first sack of the season, he had two tackles for loss, caught his first career interception and came 3 yards short of returning it for a touchdown.

"Of course, I wanted the touchdown, but when we win in this fashion, all smiles from me," Rankins said. Running back Mark Ingram scored on the first play of the ensuing drive.

The Saints won their seventh game in a row on Sunday, and in six of the games, they've held the opponents to 17 points or fewer.