Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff on Sunday's Buffalo Bills vs. Green Bay Packers game in Wisconsin.
I can see the Bills being able to turn up the heat on Aaron Rodgers just as they did against Kirk Cousins. They will again force turnovers and help Josh Allen to again utilize his dynamic skills to make it two wins in a row.
Bills 27, Packers 24
Last week’s results threw a major curveball at predicting this game. The Bills shocked the NFL with their win over the Vikings, while the Packers looked pretty bad in losing to the Redskins. As encouraging as Allen’s performance was, the defense stole the show against the Vikings. If the Bills can get that kind of effort all year, they’ll be in way more games than we thought. Green Bay’s defense is struggling right now and Rodgers is hobbled, which should give the Bills some hope. It’s hard to pick against Rodgers in Lambeau, though, so even though I see the Bills keeping it close (and covering), I don’t think they have quite enough for a second straight road upset.
Packers 27, Bills 20
I don't like to take rookie quarterbacks on the road. But I do like to take the points in double-digit spreads. Green Bay is likely to play better than last week. Yet the Pack is banged up all over, starting with Rodgers. The O-line is dinged, Muhammad Wilkerson is out, CB Kevin King has a sore groin. If the Bills can avoid a bad start, I think they can cover.
Packers 23, Bills 13
Allen and the Bills provided plenty of hope with a win last weekend at Minnesota. Now, the Bills need to build off the momentum of a surprising win, and they have to do it against another NFC North contender. The Packers strayed from their fundamental game in their loss at Washington, and have the opportunity to regroup against the upstart Bills. The Bills need to maximize the run game, as the Packers have allowed 373 yards per game. The Bills also need to pressure a Green Bay offensive line that is beat up. Rodgers has averaged 277.3 passing yards, but has been sacked 10 times in three games and sustained a knee injury in week 1. Allen and Rodgers alone, though, won’t decide this game. Allen has to find consistency, and the Bills need to follow.
Packers 33, Bills 24
Was the Bills’ victory at Minnesota a fluke? It sure didn’t look like it. Allen moved the ball through the air and with his legs last weekend, leading the Bills to scores on their first five possessions against a strong team in a difficult road environment. A trip to Lambeau Field shouldn’t intimidate this group, which welcomes the return of LeSean McCoy. The Packers are allowing nearly 28 points per game and Rodgers is playing through a knee injury. It should be a competitive game.
Packers 24, Bills 20