Packers lose to Bills, but show fight in second-half performance
Beating the Buffalo Bills on the road was never going to be an easy task, but the Green Bay Packers showed fight and put in a respectable performance against the AFC leaders.
The Bills have more talent on both sides of the ball. It’s why they have only lost one game all season.
But Matt LaFleur’s team stuck at it and made a game of it, eventually losing 27-17.
And it only became tougher when they lost Quay Walker (ejected), De’Vondre Campbell (injury), and Christian Watson (injury) in the game.
The Packers had a game plan, which was to run the football.
And it worked. Up against the league’s No. 1 run defense, the Packers rushed 31 times for 208 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
Aaron Jones shined in a featured role, turning 20 carries into 143 yards at an average of 7.2 yards per attempt. He also caught four passes for 14 yards.
Along with spectacular touchdown catches for rookie wide receivers Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure, there were positives to take away from the game.
Defensively, the Packers held the Bills to 27 points, which is respectable considering the firepower they have on offense. They also only allowed three points in the second half while intercepting Josh Allen twice.
Still, the Packers weren’t good enough.
Pass protection was nonexistent, the passing game struggled, and the Packers managed just 17 points. They also had eight penalties in the game.
And to make it worse, Green Bay is now 3-5 and in desperate need of a win. Many wins, in fact.
But if there’s a positive to be taken away, it’s that the Packers showed fight on Sunday night. They showed an ability to adapt offensively, and they also didn’t quit.
If they can take that into upcoming games with the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Tennessee Titans, they will have a chance to turn things around.
One step at a time.