The Buffalo Bills played very poorly, to put it lightly, on Sunday afternoon, losing 22-0 to a very talented Green Bay Packers squad. Coming off an impressive 27-6 victory at the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo certainly seemed capable of a better effort than the one they gave against Green Bay.
Some of the Bills struggles were self-inflicted, as the team repeatedly missed chances in the game, but others were merely a result of greater talent on the other side of the ball. Green Bay is a strong team, and they played like the far superior outfit on Sunday.
Here is how our five Packers to watch fared against the Bills in Sunday’s contest.
QB Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers was very good on Sunday, extending drives with his legs and making plenty of plays throughout the afternoon. All told, the veteran quarterback competed 22-of-40 passes for 298 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He also added 5 carries for 31 rushing yards on a bum knee. It wasn’t his best performance, but it was certainly enough to take care of business.
RB Aaron Jones
Appearing in only his second game of the season, Jones was able to show why the Packers love to give him the ball. He was easily the team’s most effective runner, spearheading an offensive attack that ran 32 times for 144 yards against the Bills on the day. Jones had 11 of those carries, totaling 59 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. He also caught his only target, turning a little screen pass into a 17-yard gain. As Jones works his way into “football shape,” he should only continue to gain effectiveness, adding a scary-good rushing dimension to what is already a scary-good offense.
WR Randall Cobb
Well, we couldn’t watch Cobb because he watched the game from the sideline. The veteran receiver missed the contest with a hamstring injury. Green Bay didn’t miss his presence, using Ty Montgomery and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in his stead.
LT David Bakhtiari
One week after pressuring quarterback Kirk Cousins fifteen times, Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes was a near total non-factor in the passing game during Sunday’s matchup with Green Bay. Hughes did not hit Aaron Rodgers on the day, although he did manage 5 tackles, 3 of which went for a loss. Bakhtiari found himself one-on-one with Hughes often, and the big offensive tackle was able to neutralize Buffalo’s top pass rusher.
LB Clay Matthews
Coming into the game, Matthews had not recorded a sack that counted. His previous quarterback sacks on the year were nullified by controversial roughing the passer penalties. On Sunday, Matthews was able to record his first sack, a half-sack, along with a quarterback hit. The Packers swarmed rookie Josh Allen, sacking him 7 times and hitting him 11 more times overall. The veteran Matthews made his presence known early and often on Sunday.