The Packers play host to the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay's home opener. The Packers come in at 1-0 with a victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia last Sunday, while the Bills come in at 0-1 fresh off a 15-10 loss to the Dolphins. The Packers are undoubtedly the favorites heading into this game. The Bills have been grouped with mediocre expectations in a cloudy AFC East division, while the Packers have been picked by many to not only win the NFC North, but also contend for a Super Bowl title. The last time the teams faced off in Green Bay was in 2002 with the Packers prevailing 10-0. The teams have only faced off with each other ten times with the Bills holding the series lead 7-3.
The Packers have a large advantage on the offensive side of the ball, facing a defense that ranked 19th in yards allowed last season, while giving up nearly 2500 yards on the ground which was one of the worst in the league. The Packer assault was supposedly not up to par last week as Aaron Rodgers said he "played terribly" although they did enough to get the job done against a ball hawking secondary of Philadelphia. With the absence on Ryan Grant, the Packers will have to break in Brandon Jackson as the every down back, but there isn't a better team in the league to get Jackson's feet under him than Buffalo, which got gouged for 132 rushing yards against the Miami rushing attack.
The Buffalo offense will be led by quarterback Trent Edwards who put up average numbers last week, but was the only real offense the Bills ever had considering Buffalo's leading rusher from last game, Fred Jackson, only rushed for 19 yards on 4 carries. The Packers secondary still had a little on it during their week 1 match up but with more time together should begin to mesh again.
The Packers are still a very solid team across the board despite the loss of Grant, the offense should not have many problems moving the ball against the Bills in Sunday. The secondary is susceptible to big plays down the field to quick receivers and the d-line is still a work in progress. Expect the Packers to put on points in bunches in front of the home crowd. The Buffalo attack is still shaky and yet to find a weapon that teams have to gameplan around and the Packers 3-4 should pressure Edwards from all sides forcing him into bad throws which is one thing he's fallen victim to when rattled in the past. Expect this game to be one of the easier games the Pack will have this year. My pick in this one, Packers-31 Bills-10.
Source: Green Bay Packers Insider
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