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Green Bay Press-Gazette Packers-Bills predictions

September 19, 2010 by  
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Sept 19, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy

~Being a big Vegas favorite doesn’t guarantee a blowout win. Or even a win.

Last year in this same week two, the Packers were a 9-point home favorite to the lowly Bengals, who were 0-1 at the time and still considered the Bungles.

Well the Packers lost that game at Lambeau. The Packers also lost to the winless Buccaneers later in the season as a bigger favorite.

Had the Packers just won those two cupcake games, their record would have been 13-3 instead of 11-5, giving them the division title over the Vikings and a playoff bye.

Back to today’s game versus the 0-1 Buffalo Bills. There are a few interesting side notes here due to the fact that the Packers have talked to the Bills this year about trading for Bills RB Marshawn Lynch. It will be interesting to see if that affects how often the Bills call Lynch’s number. His number, by the way, is 23, the same as the Packers new RB Dimitri Nance.

Will Nance get any opportunities? Will Brandon Jackson have a big game? Or will he go down with an injury of his own?

On to today’s predictions.

Some people already have the Bills on the clock for the #1 pick in next April's draft. If this game is even close (or a terrible upset loss), then the Packers and McCarthy will be feeling the heat this week.

Brian E Murphy (1-0)

Packers 38, Bills 14

I do expect the Packers offense to be sharper, and go on a run where they have three or four straight drives ending in touchdowns.

I also expect the Bills to make a big play on a special teams return with either CJ Spiller or Leodis McKelvin taking one back for a touchdown. But the Bills can’t pass, and the Packers are great against the run. Meanwhile, the Bills defense is not on the same scale as the Eagles is, so I expect Rodgers & Company to find the end zone at least five times today. Plenty of Lambeau Leaps.

Mike Vandermause (1-0)

Packers 31, Bills 13

As long as the Packers avoid overconfidence and maintain a killer instinct, this should be one of the easiest victories of the season. The Bills have been in rebuilding mode for the past decade and won’t come close to making the playoffs. The only way Buffalo keeps it close is by forcing turnovers and producing big plays on special teams. Otherwise, the rout will be on.

Pete Dougherty (1-0)

Packers 31, Bills 13

Upsets happen every week in the NFL, but the Packers are 14-point favorites for good reason. They have more talent, and the Bills have a new coaching staff with new offensive and defensive schemes. Not much reason to think Buffalo is ready at this early point in the season to buck long odds.

Kareem Copeland (1-0)

Packers 34, Bills 17

Things could get extremely ugly at Lambeau Field. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was outraged with his performance in a win over Philadelphia last week — and the Packers still scored 27 points. Expect more against the Bills, with a concerted effort to give new starting running back Brandon Jackson plenty of opportunities. The Bills are horrid, so expect a blowout.

Rob Demovsky (1-0)

Packers 31, Bills 3

In Week 2 last season, the Packers were a 9-point home favorite but lost to a visiting AFC team, the Cincinnati Bengals. This time the Packers are a 14-point favorite against the Buffalo Bills. The difference is the Bengals turned out to be a playoff team, and there’s no way the Bills are playoff worthy. Besides, Aaron Rodgers should be much sharper than he was in the opener at Philadelphia.

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