Packers vs. Bills: Top 5 Storylines to Watch in NFL Week 8

10/26/2022
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The Buffalo Bills enter Week 8 coming off their bye week. The Bills still sit atop the AFC with a 5-1 record, including wins over the second, third, and fourth seeds in the AFC playoff picture. Buffalo now sets its sights on hosting the reeling Green Bay Packers. This could be another statement game from the Bills, so here are five storylines to keep an eye on when things kick off Sunday night in Orchard Park.

Retire Rodgers

The line “father time is undefeated” exists for a reason. This is especially prophetic in professional sports because age catches up to even the greatest athletes. I hate to say it, but it looks like that time may be here for Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay is just 3-4 this season and has lost three straight. In those seven games, Rodgers’ box score stats are rough but worth sharing. The Cal product has yet to go over 300 yards passing in a game. His season high is just 255 yards with two games under 200. The two-time MVP has yet to throw for more than two touchdowns in a game this season. His completion percentage has been under 66% in the last four games. You can keep going, but it’s beating a dead horse at this point. The Bills need to stick to the status quo, and 6-1 should be easily obtainable.

Bills Keep Runnin’ Runnin’

The Bills had arguably the worst run game in the NFL heading into their matchup with the Chiefs in Kansas City. Buffalo seemed to find something in that game, rushing for 125 yards on 31 carries with Devin Singletary going for 85 on 17 carries. Beyond the box score, the team’s running and run-blocking grades improved across the board. A matchup with Green Bay should be another opportunity for Buffalo to work on the run game. The Packers are 27th against the run, giving up 139.6 yards per game. It’s even worse for Green Bay the last three weeks, allowing 156.7 yards per game. I want Josh Allen to throw the ball every down just like you, but the Bills should be able to establish the run should they want to.

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Awesome Allen

Josh Allen is putting a gap on the rest of the league regarding MVP odds. According to BetUs.com, he is down to +125 to take home the award. Another huge game on primetime should only help (or hurt, if you haven’t placed the bet) Allen’s case to be crowned the king of the league. If you read a lot of my work here, you know I am not one to usually point to box score stats, but that is what MVP voters seem to get stuck on. Allen is dominating most of those boxes. His 330 passing yards per game is over 20 more than second-place Patrick Mahomes. Allen and Mahomes are neck and neck for touchdowns per game. Allen is top five in completion percentage for QBs who have played more than five games. The Bills QB is fourth in rushing yards per game by a signal caller. He also scores a rushing touchdown every third game. Mahomes is close to Allen when it comes to passing, but not in the same world when it comes to running. Jalen Hurts is slightly better when it comes to rushing, but not in the same galaxy in passing. It’s easy to see why Allen is walking (or running) away with the MVP.

Send Them Packing

The Packers are historically awful in Orchard Park! Buffalo is 6-0 when they host one of the greatest franchises in sports history. If you look out to Sin City for how the seventh matchup will go, things point to the Bills easily making it 7-0. As of writing this article, Buffalo is an 11-point favorite with an over/under of 47.5, according to our friends at BetUs.com. If you do the math, that means the score is expected to be 30-18, give or take the fact I can’t dish out fractions of a point. It may sound crazy, but as things stand, I’m not sure if 30-18 is close enough.

Statement Win

The Bills already have several statement wins on the young season. As I mentioned in the opening line, Buffalo has wins over Kansas City (#2 seed), Tennessee (#3 seed), and Baltimore (#4 seed). The Bills also have a win over the defending Super Bowl champion Rams, who currently occupy an NFC playoff spot. While the Packers may be down, beating Aaron Rodgers still carries weight in this league. If Buffalo can move to 6-1 with another resume-building win, this should bolster the team in the eyes of fans, media, and bettors.

 

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