The Green Bay Packers win their Week Four contest versus the upstart Buffalo Bills and gunslinging rookie quarterback Josh Allen.
A win is a win in the NFL but this one isn’t as sweet as it could have been due to the Packers offense dismal 2nd half performance. On the bright side the Packers defense pitched a shut out for the first time since 2010.
Bounce Back Week
The Packers entered the game reeling from the sting of losing to the much improved but not elite Washington Redskins. To add to the suspense, the Buffalo Bills stunned a good Vikings team the week before.
Would the Packers face the Bills team who beat the Vikings or the Bills team that started the season 0-2?
The Packers defense set the tone early by forcing a three and out on the Bills first offensive drive. They never let up, allowing a paltry 145 total yards from scrimmage and racking up 7 sacks and 2 interceptions.
Perhaps the most surprising stat of the day for the Packers defense were the 3 quarterback sacks by the much maligned Kyle Fackrell.
Aaron Rodgers in his post game press conference said the defense played at championship level.
Work In Progress
Through the first three weeks of the season the Packers offense has failed to be effective for a full game. Aaron has said on several occasions the offense is a work in progress.
Today they got off to a fast start moving the ball consistantly with relative ease, capping off two strong drives with touchdowns by Jimmy Graham and Aaron Jones.
However, the 2nd half was a disaster highlighted by too many drops in the passing game. Geronimo Allison had three drops with Kendricks and Graham each adding one.
The Packers will need to clean up their drops if they are going to compete for a Super Bowl.
Dare I say we are feeling the loss of sure handed Jordy Nelson to the Oakland Raiders, who I was reminded of when Allison dropped a tap dance catch along the sideline that Nelson made look easy? Aaron hit Allison perfectly in the hands but the ball ricocheted to the ground for an incompletion.
Aaron Rodgers Not His Best
Aaron uncharacteristically threw the ball into coverage several times and nearly tossed a gift pick-six to the Buffalo Bills on a third down out route by Marquez Valdes-Scantling. It appeared by Aaron’s stealy gaze after the play the rookie wide receiver ran the wrong route.
Aaron snapped that the offense was terrible in his post game press conference saying that instead of 23 points the Packers should have had 45 with over 600 yards of production.
The scrappy Detroit Lions are coming up next week. They lost a heartbreaker to the Dallas Cowboys today in the games last minutes.
The Packers whole team better show up next week if they hope to head into the Bye Week 4-1-1.