ORCHARD PARK, NY [WKBW] — As the Buffalo Bills return from their bye week at 5-1, they prepare to face the 3-4 Green Bay Packers. The Packers had lost three in a row before this game, while the Bills are on a three-game winning streak. But what will happen on Sunday?
Our sports team shares their Bills vs. Packers predictions:
The Green Bay Packers have never won a game at Orchard Park. They hope to end that streak on Sunday and snap a three game streak when Aaron Rodgers and company come to OP.
The reigning NFL MVP and the Packers offense are struggling as they near the midway point of the season. The Packers are averaging just 18 points per game, which is 23rd in the league. They’re still an above-average team defensively, but their offense hasn’t been able to lift them to victory in close games.
If Green Bay is going to pull off an upset this week, they’re going to need quick plays from their playmakers. But here’s the problem for the Packers – they don’t have elite playmakers at wide receiver. Alan Lazard is a good player but he was broken in this game. Former Bill Sammy Watkins looked like he could return this week, but failed to make a consistent appearance. Rookie Christian Watson is also dealing with an injury and may not be available.
Green Bay will need to rely on its dangerous running back duo of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillion. Unfortunately for the Packers, the Bills have done a good job of slowing down opposing running backs this season. Tight end Robert Tonian should also get plenty of targets. He leads the Packers with 30 catches but only has one touchdown.
As mentioned earlier, the Packers defense is a strong unit and will force the Bills off the field. This could be a week where the Bills try to spread the ball around to multiple targets and establish themselves in the game. Expect the Packers defense to make some plays, but not enough to lift their team to victory.
Accounts 31, packers 17
Season record: 5-1
The Bills face another elite quarterback, but he doesn’t carry the same weight as Week 6, against Patrick Mahomes.
The Packer offense is desperate to get something going and proved it hit rock bottom by dropping its third straight against the Commanders.
Meanwhile, the Bills come out well rested and, more importantly, healthy entering Week 8.
Buffalo needs to get through the struggling Packers, with the only real threat coming from Green Bay’s defense. The recurring storyline is the #1 pitching defense against the #1 offense.
As Green Bay’s pass defense has been stout, allowing just under 170 passing yards per game, their ability to stop the run has been another hole for this team.
The Bills have the perfect opportunity to switch it up and let their running backs get their reps in addition to what they like to do each week in the passing game.
Accounts 37, packers 17
Season record: 4-2
I believe with all my heart that the Packers need to make a play that will bring their sinking ship back to the level we are used to seeing.
But I also believe the game will NOT be Sunday against the Bills at Highmark Stadium.
Before their bye week, the Bills defense held Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and company to 20 points.
Aaron Rodgers and his receiving core don’t scare me into believing in an upset.
And if you want to argue, oh, the Bills are facing a very talented running back in Aaron Jones. And it’s complimented well by AJ Dillon, I think that’s a valid point. Until you consider the fact that Buffalo’s defense held Derrick Henry to 25 yards in week two.
I feel good about the guys coming off a much needed bye week.
Accounts 41, packers 13
Season record: 5-1