Comparing The Buffalo Bills To The Green Bay Packers

Earlier this morning, we used a rudimentary evaluation system to compare the Buffalo Bills to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The results, as you imagine, were not pretty.

Buffalo dropped - literally - a 19-16 decision in overtime to Pittsburgh this past regular season. They also played the Steelers' Super Bowl XLV competition, the Green Bay Packers, and were blown away 34-7. Green Bay, however, is much closer to Buffalo on the so-called "development curve" than the Steelers are; the same comparison between Buffalo and Green Bay lies after the jump.

Pos. Group 1 (A) Group 2 (B, C) Group 3 (D, E)
WR2
83 - Lee Evans
11 - Roscoe Parrish
86 - David Nelson
19 - Donald Jones
18 - Naaman Roosevelt
LT
77 - Demetrius Bell 71 - Ed Wang
LG
67 - Andy Levitre
C
70 - Eric Wood 63 - Geoff Hangartner
RG

60 - Kraig Urbik
76 - Chad Rinehart
RT

79 - Erik Pears
TE

80 - David Martin
84 - Scott Chandler
WR1
13 - Stevie Johnson 81 - Marcus Easley
QB
14 - Ryan Fitzpatrick 10 - Levi Brown
RB
22 - Fred Jackson 21 - C.J. Spiller
FB

38 - Corey McIntyre
DE

92 - Alex Carrington
99 - Marcus Stroud
NT 95 - Kyle Williams
96 - Torell Troup
DE
98 - Dwan Edwards 91 - Spencer Johnson
SLB

90 - Chris Kelsay
57 - Danny Batten
MLB

54 - Andra Davis
50 - Akin Ayodele
WLB

51 - Paul Posluszny
53 - Reggie Torbor
JLB
52 - Arthur Moats 55 - Shawne Merriman
59 - Antonio Coleman
CB2
29 - Drayton Florence
28 - Leodis McKelvin
27 - Reggie Corner
SS
20 - Donte Whitner 43 - Bryan Scott
FS
31 - Jairus Byrd 37 - George Wilson
CB1

24 - Terrence McGee
K
9 - Rian Lindell
P
8 - Brian Moorman
LS

65 - Garrison Sanborn

 

Pos. Group 1 (A) Group 2 (B, C) Group 3 (D, E)
WR2 80 - Donald Driver
89 - James Jones
87 - Jordy Nelson

LT 76 - Chad Clifton

LG
73 - Daryn Colledge
C 63 - Scott Wells
72 - Jason Spitz
RG 71 - Josh Sitton
70 - T.J. Lang
RT 65 - Mark Tauscher
75 - Bryan Bulaga
74 - Marshall Newhouse
TE 88 - Jermichael Finley
81 - Andrew Quarless
86 - Donald Lee
WR1 85 - Greg Jennings

QB 12 - Aaron Rodgers

10 - Matt Flynn
RB 25 - Ryan Grant
44 - James Starks
32 - Brandon Jackson
FB 30 - John Kuhn
DE 77 - Cullen Jenkins
96 - Mike Neal
NT
90 - B.J. Raji 95 - Howard Green
DE
79 - Ryan Pickett
98 - C.J. Wilson
94 - Jarius Wynn
SLB
93 - Erik Walden
58 - Frank Zombo
51 - Brady Poppinga
MLB 50 - A.J. Hawk
57 - Matt Wilhelm
WLB 56 - Nick Barnett
55 - Desmond Bishop
54 - Brandon Chillar
JLB 52 - Clay Matthews


CB2 38 - Tramon Williams
37 - Sam Shields
26 - Jarrett Bush
22 - Pat Lee
SS

26 - Charlie Peprah
42 - Morgan Burnett
FS 36 - Nick Collins
27 - Anthony Smith
20 - Atari Bigby
CB1 21 - Charles Woodson

K 2 - Mason Crosby

P 8 - Tim Masthay
LS 61 - Brett Goode

If you go back and look at Pittsburgh's breakdown, then compare it to Green Bay's you'll note the better depth defensively in Group 2. That's what you'll see when a team has been running the same defense for decades, and when the other defense is in the second year of a schematic overhaul.

Between Green Bay and Buffalo, again, you'll note the biggest difference: elite players. And, just as with Pittsburgh, the Packers have Group 2 players playing at an elite level (Tramon Williams chief among them). Sigh.

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