The Bills are coming off of an exciting, emotional victory over the Titans on opening day. The Green Bay Packers come to town for a week 2 matchup in front of what will be a sold out crowd again at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Brett Favre leads his team to town after a loss home loss on opening day to the Jets. Favre will play desite still struggling with tendinitis in his elbow.
Facts and Figures
The big injury siutation for Green Bay revolves around QB Brett Favre. He will play but he is still experiencing a lot of pain from the tendinitis in his throwing elbow. He also sprained his thumb in the Jets game. He practiced Monday with bandages around the entire thumb. The Packers will also be without starting cornerback Mike McKenzie, he will miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Starting running back Dorsey Levens is also out along with starting linebacker Brian Williams. The Bills will be closer to full strength as Joe Panos and Jonathan Linton may return. Doug Flutie may be elevated to the number 2 slot but likely will be the emergency QB again. Rob Johnson will be back after suffering a nerve injury in the fourth quarter against Tennessee.
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DB Antuan Edwards vs. WR Eric Moulds: The Bills will try to get the mismatch as Moulds will probably lineup against Edwards who will be playing in place of the injured McKenzie.
GB D-Line vs. Bills O-Line: The Bills need to have a better performance and give Johnson time to throw. They also need to open up more holes for the running game.
WR Antonio Freeman vs. DB Ken Irvin: The Packers will watch the films of the Bills/Titans game and try to matchup Freeman against Irvin, who is the weaker of the starting cornerbacks.
C Frank Winters vs. DT Ted Washington and Pat Williams: Whichever behemouth is in the middle needs to give the wiley veteran Winters fits. If they have the same success they had last week, they will contain the running game and open up pass rush.
KR Allen Rossum vs. Bills Coverage Unit: Rossum is the guy who hit Steve Christie late on the last minute field goal in the final preseason game so there is bad blood there. Rossum was traded to Green Bay after that game and averaged 25.7 yards on his returns in the opener. We all know how bad the Bills coverage units were last week. This is gut check time for them.
When The Bills Have The Ball: Look for the Bills to put the ball in the air a lot early. They will test McKenzie's replacement. They struggled getting the ball to the receivers last week, so they will try to use the pass to open up the run.
When The Packers Have The Ball: With Favre hurting they will probably try to establish the run with Ahmen Green. If that doesn't work, look for the short passing game to take over with quick passes to the backs and tight ends.
Bills Daily Prediction
The Bills have to protect against coming out flat after the emotionally drained victory on Sunday night. I expect they will be flat early but will be able to pull it out in the end because of the injury status of the Packers starters, especially Favre. Buffalo 20, Green Bay 16
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