Green Bay Packers 2022 opponent preview: Buffalo Bills

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Game of the year? When the Green Bay Packers meet the Buffalo Bills, it sure could be.

Two star quarterbacks leading great offenses. Two dominant defenses.

This should be a fascinating midseason matchup between two teams with Super Bowl ambitions.

Last season

What a fun season.

Buffalo began the year with a surprise loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers but quickly bounced back.

With the NFL’s top-ranked defense and No. 5 offense, the Bills were tough to beat. They held off the New England Patriots to retain their AFC East crown with an 11-7 record, good for the AFC’s third seed.

The Bills eliminated the Patriots with an emphatic 47-17 victory in the wild-card round. After years of dominance from the Patriots, that must have felt good for the fans.

However, Buffalo’s season came to a heartbreaking end in overtime versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes put on a show in the final moments. Whichever team held the ball last would win. That proved to be the Chiefs, who defeated the Bills 42-36 in overtime.

When is the game?

Green Bay plays at Buffalo in Week 8, a 7:20 p.m. CT kickoff on Sunday, Oct. 30. The game will be broadcast on Sunday Night Football.

Offseason additions/departures

There is a lot to love about the Bills’ offseason.

They have given Josh Allen more help on offense, signing wide receiver Jamison Crowder and tight end O.J. Howard in free agency, then drafting running back James Cook and wide receiver Khalil Shakir.

The NFL’s top-ranked defense also got some help with the addition of eight-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller in free agency and cornerback Kaiir Elam in the first round of the draft.

Last meeting with Packers

September 30, 2018: Packers won 22-0 at Lambeau Field

Player to watch

Josh Allen: Easy choice here. Allen is a superstar. If the Packers can’t stop the All-Pro quarterback, it could be a long evening for Joe Barry’s defense.