Three Takeaways from the Buffalo Bills Win Against the Green Bay Packers

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Three Takeaways from the Buffalo Bills Win Against the Green Bay Packers

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Three Takeaways from the Buffalo Bills Win Against the Green Bay Packers

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On Sunday Night Football, the 5-1 Buffalo Bills coming off their bye week welcomed the 3-4 Green Bay Packers to Highmark Stadium. The Packers had lost three straight games, and the Bills handed them their fourth, while the Bills under Sean McDermott remain undefeated after the bye. Here are the three key takeaways from the Bills win.  

Bills Pass Rush Too Much To Handle

The Bills’ deep defensive line had their way for most of the night. On the Packers opening drive of the game, Tim Settle got the first sack on Aaron Rodgers, and his first sack since 2020. Then on the same drive they attempted to go for a fourth down conversion and the pressure from Ed Oliver led to the pass being incomplete. With a minute left to go in the second quarter, Greg Rousseau got the second sack. Settle would continue to get pressure throughout the game, and the pressure he got led to a tipped pass in the fourth quarter. The tipped pass led to Matt Milano, who almost had two interceptions prior, snagging the interception. The Packers limited Von Miller, but it didn’t matter due to the depth of playmakers they have that make an impact. 

Run Defense Had Its Struggles

The Bills run defense had been great throughout the season, but was tested by the Packers’ duo of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Jones and Dillon combined for 15 carries and 83 yards in the first half, with an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Jones would finish the game with 143 yards on 20 attempts, while Dillon had 54 yards on 10 attempts. They were able to keep them out of the end zone despite allowing 197 yards. 

 

The James Cook Breakout Game

Welcome to the NFL, James Cook! This was the game that Cook got to show how dynamic he can be for the Bills offense. On the ground he had five attempts go for 35 yards, and then in the receiving game he only had one reception but turned it into 41 yards. The way Cook was able to gain yards after the catch, and contact, shows why he was drafted in the second round and should lead to him seeing more involvement going forward. 

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