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Week 4 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 0, Green Bay Packers 22


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Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo offense performed dismally on the road in a game where Josh Allen was at his worst. Allen threw two bad interceptions, was under pressure frequently, and was inaccurate throughout. LeSean McCoy returned from a rib injury and performed well in limited action. Kelvin Benjamin was knocked out of the game after a scary hit on an interception but was able to leave the game under his own power.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers beat the Buffalo Bills 22-0 on Sunday, to improve to 1-1-1 on the season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 40 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was also able to chip in 31 rushing yards on five attempts. Running back Aaron Jones led the Packers backfield, totaling 65 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Jones also caught one pass for 17 yards. Running backs Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery combined for 45 yards on 16 carries. Wide receiver Davante Adams led all Packers receivers with eight catches for 81 yards. Geronimo Allison had another strong effort, catching six passes for 80 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham had a quiet day, catching three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Buffalo Bills

QB Josh Allen, 58 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 33 - 151 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 19 - 0
After showing promise last week, Josh Allen had a nightmare performance against Green Bay. Allen faced a lot of pressure throughout the game, and it took a toll. Allen was erratic throughout the game, missing multiple throws when he had his feet set, and performing even worse when he was under pressure. Allen had a horrific interception on an ill-advised throw to Zay Jones when he was scrambling to his right and threw a high floating past across his body for an easy interception. Allen’s other interception got Kelvin Benjamin knocked out of the game, after staring Benjamin down and leading a safety directly into Benjamin’s face. Benjamin was motionless on the ground after the play, before ultimately leaving on his own power. Allen does not have a lot of help in the offense, but he made a bad situation worse.

RB LeSean McCoy, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 24 - 0, Rec: 3 - 13 - 0 (6 targets)
LeSean McCoy returned after missing last week with a rib injury. McCoy showed his short area explosiveness, making cut backs on runs and in the screen game. The problem for McCoy is low volume where he had only 8 touches in negative game script. McCoy’s elusiveness in the short area is not able to create more because there is rarely opportunities for big plays by the offensive line’s blocking.

RB Chris Ivory, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 15 - 0
Chris Ivory worked as the backup to LeSean McCoy. Ivory got some short yardage work early in the game and led Buffalo in carries. Ivory runs hard but is not a fantasy option outside of a McCoy injury or a goal line touchdown.

WR Zay Jones, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 38 - 0 (7 targets)
Zay Jones had a quiet start to the game but had four catches in the fourth quarter, establishing what is the first rapport Josh Allen has showed with a receiver. Jones was running short and intermediate routes and getting open, albeit in garbage time. Jones could build on the performance next week if Kelvin Benjamin misses time.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 34 - 0 (6 targets)
Kelvin Benjamin had six targets, but only secured one, a long-busted play. Multiple targets to Benjamin were poorly thrown by Josh Allen, including the last target, where Allen led Benjamin into a scary hit that left Benjamin motionless on the ground. Benjamin was able to leave the field under his own power.

TE Charles Clay, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (6 targets)
Charles Clay saw his largest involvement of the season. Clay was involved early, catching multiple third down conversions early in the game. Clay was able to show elusiveness on a run after a catch for a long gain of 17 yards.


Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 40 - 298 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 31 - 0
Aaron Rodgers completed 22 of 40 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rodgers also picked up an additional 31 yards on the ground on five carries. Despite the relatively easy victory, Rodgers and the Packers offense was not as sharp as we’ve seen them in the past, as this game could have easily been put away by the middle of the third quarter. With Randall Cobb inactive for this game, the Packers #3 receiver position was given to Marquez Valdes-Scalding, a rookie who was taken in this past draft by the Packers. Scalding didn’t see many opportunities come his way, catching only one pass for 38 yards, but he was the source of a visibly frustrated Rodgers after what appeared to be Scalding cutting off his route prematurely. Speaking of which, Rodgers was quite upset in the locker room, lamenting the missed chances that the Packers had all day. From Rodgers perspective, he had reason to be frustrated, as he was putting the ball where it needed to be for much of the game, but his receivers were not coming up with tough catches, and they were missing some routine ones as well. Rodgers only touchdown pass came to Jimmy Graham on what was a quick out-route from the three yard line. The throw and the catch were routine, although it is nice to know that Rodgers is going to look Graham’s way in the red one, as that is why they went out and signed him this off-season.

RB Aaron Jones, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 65 - 1, Rec: 1 - 17 - 0 (1 targets)
Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for 17 yards in the Packers win on Sunday. For anyone who watches the Packers closely, it was a forgone conclusion that Jones would quickly grab the lead job in the Packers backfield, because Williams and Montgomery just do not possess the dynamic running ability that Jones does. In this game, it did not take Jones long to show his game-breaking ability. Running off the left tackle, Jones took the handoff in the backfield and quickly hit the hole on the left side of the formation. Jones then made two very subtle shifts outside while running past every phase of the Buffalo defense before finally getting run out of bounds for what went down as a 30 yard gain. Jones has nice top end speed, but what always impresses me is how fast he gets through the line of scrimmage, which looks that much faster when you are comparing him to Montgomery or Williams. The biggest knock on Jones has been his lack of polish in the passing game, but he has definitely improved in that department, and in this game, he set up his own score with a very nice 17 gain that came off a screen pass from Rodgers. Jones set up the screen well by taking just enough time in the backfield before fading through the line. He caught the ball a little behind him and squared up his body before quickly taking the ball up field. What looked like a ten yard gain, was extended to a 17 yard gain when Jones refused to be brought down by using his hands to balance himself and keeping his knee off the ground. Two plays later, Jones took the handoff out of the shotgun formation and bounced the run outside of his tacklers, before turning it back again inside and bowling over a Buffalo defender for a three yard touchdown, and his first score of the season.

WR Davante Adams, 76 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 81 - 0 (14 targets)
Allison caught six passes for 80 yards on 11 targets in the Packers win on Sunday. The 11 targets set a career high for the third year wideout, and it comes as Allison is continuing to gain Rodgers trust in the passing game. With Randall Cobb on the sideline for this game, it was interesting to see the types of routes that Allison would be running, as it would serve as a good indication of what the Packers think Allison can do, as opposed to just being the third option behind Adams and Cobb. Allison did not disappoint, running more deep routes than we had seen in the first three games while coming up with a big catch deep in the third quarter. With Allison lined up out wide on the left side of the formation, Rodgers took a deep drop out of the shotgun. Allison ran a deep crossing route, and seeing how much room was out in front of him in the middle of the field, Allison kept running his route which gave Rodgers the perfect window to throw it to him in stride. The catch went for a 27 yard gain, and although it was the only deep ball he was able to come down with, it was encouraging to see Allison get targeted on four of his 11 targets down the field.

WR Geronimo Allison, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 80 - 0 (11 targets)
Allison caught six passes for 80 yards on 11 targets in the Packers win on Sunday. The 11 targets set a career high for the third year wideout, and it comes as Allison is continuing to gain Rodgers trust in the passing game. With Randall Cobb on the sideline for this game, it was interesting to see the types of routes that Allison would be running, as it would serve as a good indication of what the Packers think Allison can do, as opposed to just being the third option behind Adams and Cobb. Allison did not disappoint, running more deep routes than we had seen in the first three games while coming up with a big catch deep in the third quarter. With Allison lined up out wide on the left side of the formation, Rodgers took a deep drop out of the shotgun. Allison ran a deep crossing route, and seeing how much room was out in front of him in the middle of the field, Allison kept running his route which gave Rodgers the perfect window to throw it to him in stride. The catch went for a 27 yard gain, and although it was the only deep ball he was able to come down with, it was encouraging to see Allison get targeted on four of his 11 targets down the field.

TE Jimmy Graham, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 21 - 1 (6 targets)
Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown on six targets in the Packers win over the Bills on Sunday. Graham’s otherwise quiet day was saved by a short three yard touchdown where Rodgers hit him on a rollout to the left side of the formation. Graham’s only other consequential play on the day was a tipped pass that he kept alive long enough to allow a Buffalo defender to intercept the pass, while also ensuring a high level of Aaron Rodgers frustration come post-game.