Week 8 – Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills
If the Packers finally reach their potential and start playing as well as they can on both sides of the ball, they will have a chance in this game. But that’s all it is. Even at their absolute best, they could come up short against the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo has the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense in the NFL. If the Packers play anywhere near the level they have in most of their games this season, it will be over pretty quickly.
The Bills don’t have many weaknesses.
They are tough to stop through the air, averaging a league-best 324 passing yards per game. Josh Allen has thrown for 1,651 yards, 14 touchdowns, and four interceptions.
OK, then, how about winning with the run game and keeping the ball away from Allen? Well, establishing the run won’t be easy against a Bills defense allowing only 77.8 rushing yards per game, second-fewest in the NFL.
Buffalo is second in scoring offense and is tied for the league lead in scoring defense. Oh, and they have also forced an NFL-best 11 turnovers.
In other words, the Bills score a lot of points and don’t allow many.
That said, we’ve seen the Packers enter games as heavy underdogs but actually raise their game. Take last year’s win over the then-undefeated Arizona Cardinals as an example.
Still, this is a different season and the Packers haven’t shown they can put together a complete performance. Not yet, at least.
Prediction: Buffalo 35, Green Bay 17 (5-3)