One week after pulling off a shocking upset of the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills reverted back to their inconsistent ways on offense, being shutout for the first time in a decade when they fell to the Green Bay Packers, 22-0 Sunday.
In the latest edition of the Billieve: a Buffalo Rumblings podcast, host John Boccacino is joined by co-host Anthony Marino to dissect the loss, which featured an erratic performance from rookie quarterback Josh Allen, a disappearing act from Buffalo’s mediocre corps of wide receivers, and a stunning lack of LeSean McCoy.
Needless to say, there wasn’t much of a positive spin that our podcasters could put on the offense’s dismal showing at Lambeau. Check out our Buffalo Rumblings podcast for our thoughts on what went wrong in Green Bay, and what needs to happen for the Bills to get their season back on track.
Our podcasting duo discusses how Allen took two steps backward following his strong Week 3 showing in Minnesota.
Allen finished 16-for-33 for 151 yards and two inexcusable interceptions. At one point, Allen completed only 3 of 13 passes for 19 yards, failing to move the chains as the offense mustered only 37 total yards through its first 20 plays. Buffalo went three-and-out on four of its first five drives.
Allen’s numbers improved thanks to a garbage-time drive in the fourth quarter, but he squandered Buffalo’s first (only?) scoring opportunity late in the first half. After completing a pass to Kelvin Benjamin (you read that right, Benjamin actually caught a pass) that brought Buffalo into the red zone, Allen rolled out of the pocket and tried to make a play, forcing a throw across his body that was picked off, taking three points off the board and sending the Bills into halftime trailing 16-0 instead of 13-3.
While Allen regressed, it isn’t all on him. We knew all week that McCoy was battling ailing ribs, but his usage was confounding. Buffalo’s Pro Bowl running back, the bread and butter of the offense, carried the ball five times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 13 yards. Eight total touches is not enough to get Shady going and to revive this flailing Buffalo offense.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Bills possess a historically bad group of wide receivers—headlined by Benjamin. Once again, how general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott could feel comfortable trotting out the likes of Benjamin, Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, plus undrafted rookie free agent Robert Foster is beyond me. Cutting Jeremy Kerley, himself not a terrific wide receiver, is even more confusing given how Kerley could very well be the best receiver of the bunch.
There were many, many other negatives to emerge from this game (what happened to weakside linebacker Matt Milano’s playing time) as Buffalo suffered its first shutout since being blanked by the New England Patriots on Dec. 28, 2008. But lost in the defeat were some positives.
The defense managed to get after Aaron Rodgers and hold him to a pedestrian (by Rodgers’s lofty standards) game: 22 of 40 passing for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception (after rookie middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds tipped a Rodgers pass into the arms of of Jordan Poyer, snapping Rodgers’s streak of 150 consecutive passes without an INT.
Rookie Taron Johnson had himself quite a day in a losing effort, coming on a blitz for a strip sack of Rodgers and finishing with five tackles.
Tre’Davious White held his own against Green Bay’s dangerous wide receiver, Davante Adams. Adams did catch eight passes for 81 yards, but White broke up three passes while keeping Adams out of the end zone.
And rookie punter Corey Bojorquez continued his steady play, averaging 41.0 net yards on eight punts, with four punts downed inside the Packers’ 20-yard line. It’s rough when your punter is your offensive MVP for the day as Bojorquez did his best Brian Moorman impersonation.
Hear about all of the negatives (and one or two positives) from this game in our latest episode of Billieve: a Buffalo Rumblings Podcast!
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