Week 15 Preview: Packers at Bills

We have team notes and stats as we take our final look at Sunday's game between the offense-minded Packers and the defense-driven Bills.

GREEN BAY (10-3) At Buffalo (7-6)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE: Packers by 5-1/2

2014 RECORD VS. SPREAD: Green Bay 6-6-1; Buffalo 7-6

SERIES RECORD: Bills lead 7-4

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Bills 34-7, Sept. 19, 2010

LAST WEEK: Packers beat Falcons 43-37; Bills lost to Broncos 24-17

AP PRO32 RANKING: Packers No. 1; Bills No. 16 (tie)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers 0-5 at Orchard Park, and have never traveled to Ralph Wilson Stadium after Thanksgiving. ... Green Bay is 3-0 against AFC East opponents this season, while Bills are 3-0 against NFC North. ... Packers seeking to win at least 11 for fifth time in nine seasons under coach Mike McCarthy. ... Packers have scored league-best 134 points in first quarter. ... QB Aaron Rodgers ranks first in NFL with most TD passes (222), yards passing (27,520) and TD/interception ratio (222-54) through first 100 career starts. ... Green Bay has not turned over ball in past 18-plus quarters, since Randall Cobb lost fumble in second quarter of 55-14 win against Chicago on Nov. 9. ... RB Eddie Lacy has 773 yards from scrimmage and seven TDs in past six games. ... LB Julius Peppers' 123-1/2 career sacks rank 16th in NFL and fourth among active players. ... Bills close out home schedule and have shot to win eight games for first time since 9-7 finish in 2004. ... Buffalo had season highs with 415 yards offense, 355 yards passing and 24 first downs against Broncos. ... QB Kyle Orton has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions in past five outings. ... Rookie WR Sammy Watkins had seven catches for 127 yards last week after combining for 13 catches for 105 yards in previous four. With 822 yards receiving, Watkins is 22 short of breaking team rookie record set by Lee Evans in 2004. ... Defense had 25-game streak with sack end against Denver, four short of matching franchise record set from Oct. 27, 1996-Oct. 4, 1998. ... Defense allowed three TDs rushing against Broncos, but snapped Peyton Manning's 51-game streak with touchdown pass. ... Bills have NFL-leading 48 sacks, only NFL team with three players with nine or more: DE Mario Williams (12), DT Marcell Dareus (10) and DE Jerry Hughes (9 1/2).

Sunday’s High-Five

PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Packers have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth with a win over Buffalo and the Dallas Cowboys (9-4) losing to Philadelphia; and then wait until the Week 15 schedule is competed to determine if they have clinched the strength of victory tiebreaking edge over Dallas.

The Bills need to win to avoid from being all but mathematically eliminated from contention. They rank 11th in the AFC standings, and have lost the tie-breaking edge after defeats to San Diego (8-5), Houston (7-6) and Denver.

INCONSISTENT DEFENSE: The Packers are downplaying concerns raised by their defense, which surrendered 30 points, 304 yards and 17 first downs in the second half of a 43-37 win over Atlanta on Monday night.

The secondary was burned by Julio Jones, who had 11 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown.

"It was not clean in the second half," coach Mike McCarthy said. "At the end of the day, good teams find ways to win, and the offense picked up for the defense."

INCONSISTENT OFFENSE: Bills running back Fred Jackson says it's on the offense to start producing to take the pressure off the defense, especially against a high-scoring opponent such as Green Bay.

"Playing against a guy in Aaron Rodgers, he's going to put up points. We have to be able to do the same," Jackson said.

The offense let the defense down against the Broncos. Buffalo failed to score a point off three turnovers forced by its defense, and managed just three points, 237 yards offense and 12 first downs through three quarters.

SENT PACKING: The Packers are 0-5 at Orchard Park, including a 24-10 loss in their most recent visit in 2006. Rodgers, who was backing up Brett Favre, linebacker A.J. Hawk and cornerback Jarrett Bush are the only remaining Packers who were active for that game.

"I'm not concerned about it," Rodgers said. "It'd be great to be a part of the first win in Buffalo, I guess."

STARKS HOMECOMING: Packers running back James Starks is from Niagara Falls, New York, and set numerous school rushing records during a four-year college career at Buffalo.

The Packers' 2010 sixth-round draft pick had a season-best 75 yards rushing, and also scored against Atlanta.

"He's really in the groove right now and I thought he played his best game as a Green Bay Packer last week," McCarthy said.

GREEN BAYNFC NFL
Team
Turnover Margin (+16) 1 1
Points Scored (32.5)1 1
Points Allowed (23.4) 8 18
Total Offense (387.5) 3 6
Rushing (114.3) 7 14
Passing (273.2) 3 6
Total Defense (374.4) 13 26
vs. Rush (129.2) 14 25
vs. Pass (245.2) 9 20
Third-Down Offense (47.8%) 3 3
Third-Down Defense (43.0%)10 22
Red-Zone Offense (59.3%) 6 11
Red-Zone Defense (56.8%) 9 20
Individual
Passing: Rodgers (119.0)1 1
Rushing: Lacy (843) 6 10
Receptions: Nelson (78) 4 8t
Rec. Yds.: Nelson (1,265)2 5
Interceptions: Hayward (3)9t 14t
Sacks: Matthews (5.5) 21t 39t
BUFFALOAFC NFL
Team
Turnover Margin (+9) 3 5t
Points Scored (21.6)10t 18t
Points Allowed (18.5) 1t 4t
Total Offense (327.2) 11 22
Rushing (96.3) 13 25
Passing (230.9) 8 27
Total Defense (311.9) 2 5
vs. Rush (99.2) 4 8
vs. Pass (212.8) 3 5
Third-Down Offense (38.0%)12 24
Third-Down Defense (33.7%) 2 2
Red-Zone Offense (42.6%) 14 29
Red-Zone Defense (55.9%)11 18
Individual
Passing: Orton (89.2) 10 17
Rushing: Jackson (386) 21 40
Receptions: Watkins (58) 14 32t
Rec. Yds.: Watkins (822) 10 25
Interceptions: Searcy (3) 6t 14t
Sacks: M. Williams (12.0)5 6t


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