Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 15 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 14, 2014
Mixed in with the Week 15 Sunday schedule in the NFL we had an important matchup between the Packers and the Bills. Green Bay was coming off a high-scoring win over the Falcons on “Monday Night Football,” while the Bills took a one-touchdown loss against the Broncos in Week 14. This one, suffice to say, didn’t go quite as expected for the Packers.
Let’s check out the key players and statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look forward to Week 16 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Green Bay’s offense was stifled all day; they couldn’t get much of anything going at a sustained pace. The team was able to score the first points of the day on a 45-yard Mason Crosby field goal, but Buffalo responded on special teams with a 75-yard punt return from Marcus Thigpen. At the end of one, it was 7-3 Bills.
Eddie Lacy got the packers on the board early in the second, scoring what would be their only touchdown on a 1-yard run. Dan Carpenter would tie things up with a 27-yard field goal to make it 10-10 at the break.
In the third, it was all Carpenter. He posted a pair of kicks form 51 and 35 yards, then in the fourth he logged a 48-yarder to give Buffalo an 19-10 edge.
Crosby managed a 34-yarder to get the Packers within a score, but on the final possession Aaron Rodgers fumbled into the end zone for a safety and a shocking final score of 21-13 Bills.
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The Stars: Buffalo’s defense and special teams came up big in this one, holding Rodgers to just 175 yards passing and two interceptions. The team also held the ball for 32:58, which is a recipe for success against an elite QB.
On the losing side, Lacy managed 108 total yards and a TD, while Randall Cobb caught seven balls for 96 yards.
The Goats: A few key stats stick out here. On third downs, Green Bay was just 4-14. The two turnovers (actually three if you count the fumble-safety) were momentum killers as well.
All of that said, the Packers were in a position to win at the end due to Buffalo’s tepid offense. They were just 4-16 on third downs and had only 253 total yards. The D/ST won this game almost single-handedly.
Injuries: The Bills’ Boobie Dixon limped off the field early in the third quarter after a rushing play with what looked like an ankle injury. He ended up being okay, though.
Packers OL Brian Bulaga was injured on Rodgers’ second interception and left for the locker room immediately thereafter.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 16, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, December 21. The Packers will head to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers (1:00 PM ET on FOX) while the Bills will go to Oakland to see the Raiders (4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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