The Packers got back to their winning ways in week 4 as they beat the Buffalo Bills 22-0 at Lambeau Field. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, this was the Packers first shut out since on 22-0 win over the Jets on October 31, 2010. Also, Clay Matthews was not flagged for a pass interference call while collecting a sack. Aaron Rodgers threw for 298 yards and one touchdown, while Aaron Jones rushed for a touchdown. The Packers seem to have a really good number three running back. It was another week were the offense wasn’t as crisp and got off to a slow start. The defense played a complete game and had two interceptions.
Here’s the full recap:
For the fourth consecutive game, the Packers offense started slowly before eventually getting going. The offense had 15 plays in the first quarter and gained 119 yards. The first drive of the game resulted in a punt. The second drive the offense moved the football, hitting Ty Montegomery for a big 43 yard gain. The drive concluded with a 3 yard TD pass from Rodgers to Graham that resulted in Graham’s first Lambeau Leap. The defense forced the Bills to punt 3 times. We are starting to see the defense grow a little bit, starting off the game well and forcing punts. The score was 6-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
The second quarter started off with a bang. The Packers opening drive was a 83 yard touchdown drive that featured their running back Aaron Jones. McCarthy and Philbin put the ball in Jones’ hands this drive and the results were a success. Jones accounted for 50 of the 83 yards on the drive and finished it off with a 3 yard touchdown. After that the offense disappeared. The next drive resulted an a Rodgers interception that bounced off a defenders hands, then Jimmy Graham’s hands before being picked off. The next drive consumed nearly 5 minutes but resulted in a punt. Finally on their third drive of the quarter, Rodgers and company moved the football again, with a 7 play, 40 yard drive that resulted in a Crosby field goal right before halftime. The defense kept holding up it’s end of the bargain but forcing the Bills to punt twice and Jaire Alexander picked off Josh Allen on a deep pass over the middle in the end zone to keep the shut out intact. The Packers lead 16-0 at the half.
The Packers offense started the second half with the football. Rodgers quickly connected with Geronimo Allison on two passes for 25 yards. The 10 play, 57 yard drive stalled at the Buffalo 18 yard line and the Packers were forced to settle for a field goal. As the previous three games demonstrated, Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine makes quality adjustments at halftime. The Packers defense intercepted the Bills opening drive. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix finally attacked the football, leaped into the air on a pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin, the two collided and Ha Ha picked it off. When he attacks the football, good things happen. Rodgers couldn’t do anything with the turnover and they turned the ball over on downs. The rest of the quarter was a defensive battle with each defense forcing the opposing offenses to punt the football.
The 4th quarter was more of the same for the inept Packers offense as they couldn’t sustain drives. One drive ended with a sack and Rodgers fumbling the football. Their last drive of the game was a 7 play, 39 yard drive that took 2 and half minutes off the clock and resulted in a field goal. The defense kept carrying the team, which is something we have not seen in years in Green Bay. They forced the Bills to punt and created another turnover. McCarthy and Rogers kept mixing it up by throwing the football and running with their three-headed running back monster. When it was going they seemed to abandoned the running game or would run on third and longs. Aaron Jones was clearly the most successful running back of the group and showed that he deserves the rock more. Final score was Green Bay 22 – Buffalo 0.
Up Next: Green Bay travels to Detroit to take on the Lions on Sunday, October 7.
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag