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Five observations from Buffalo Bills loss to Green Bay Packers

That was an ugly game.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills were shut out by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and while we will get to “who to blame” in a second, the defense actually played pretty darn well considering the situations they were put in. So they should get some props, but holy cow the offense sucked.

The game is too fast for Josh Allen

The rookie looked like his head was swimming today. He was feeling phantom pressure and running out of the pocket. He wasn’t progressing through his reads fast enough. He was sacked a bunch of times. He threw a super-rookie interception near the end of the first half. He threw the ball away several times when he didn’t have to. As well as he played in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings, it’s really the only good football he’s played all year. He finished the day with two interceptions and a highly questionable fumble.

The receivers are bad

BREAKING NEWS. Okay, maybe we knew this. Maybe we knew this in February and March and April and in training camp and in the preseason and all season. Kelvin Benjamin had more drops. Zay Jones was invisible until garbage time. Andre Holmes had a drop.

Who is to blame?

Last week, the Bills offense was clicking, and they were able to take advantage of deficiencies in the Minnesota Vikings’ defense. This week, bad play call after bad play call left Buffalo behind schedule. Early in the game, a 2nd and 3 turned into a 3rd and 3 and a punt after two bad runs. The offensive line is playing well enough, even with seven sacks recorded on Allen. Today’s offensive goose egg was on offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. The Packers are bad against the run and lost their big DT this week, but the Bills gave up on the run way too early.

Rookies stepping in and up

We need some positives. Siran Neal had his first sack on a safety blitz. Taron Johnson forced a fumble on a cornerback blitz and had some nice tackles. Tremaine Edmunds looked good all over the field, and tipped a pass that was eventually intercepted. So, that’s a thing.

Injuries and injuries and injuries

With Philip Gaines out with a hurt elbow, the Bills suffered more injuries in their secondary. Micah Hyde missed a majority of the game with a hurt groin. Johnson was in and out of the game with injuries. Tre’Davious White and Ryan Lewis both left the game but returned later. Also leaving the field during the game was Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) and Charles Clay (ankle) who both returned later. Oh, and LeSean McCoy is still dealing with a rib injury.