7 biggest takeaways from Packers’ loss to Bills in Week 8

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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After losing their fourth consecutive game, what were the top seven takeaways for the Green Bay Packers against the Buffalo Bills?

Not for the first time this season, the Green Bay Packers were outplayed by their opponents. The result was a fourth straight defeat and fifth of the year for Matt LaFleur’s team.

There’s no shame in losing to the Buffalo Bills. This team went into Arrowhead Stadium and defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Only the Miami Dolphins have beaten the Bills this season, and there was an element of luck to that victory.

Green Bay did show an ability to adapt, and the team didn’t quit, fighting until the end. That’s a credit to LaFleur and his team.

But the reality is the Packers have now lost five games and their playoff hopes are fading.

What were the biggest takeaways from Week 8?

Good things happen when Packers give ball to Aaron Jones

This season, Green Bay has rarely remained committed to the run game, especially when it falls behind. That all changed on Sunday night at Buffalo.

When defenses drop deep and give light boxes, it’s important to make them pay with the ground game. The Packers did this on Sunday, repeatedly handing the ball off to Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

Jones’ 20 carries went for 143 yards with an impressive average of 7.2 yards per attempt. Dillon ran hard for 54 yards from his 10 carries.

In total, the Packers piled up 208 rushing yards on 31 attempts at an average of 6.7.

The Bills were simply too good in Week 8, but if the Packers show a willingness to attack teams with the run, this offense can take a step forward in upcoming games.