Packers-Bills: Game snapshot

Stats, facts, rankings, series notes, prediction for Sunday's game

Green Bay Packers (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (2-5)

WHEN: Sunday, Noon, CT

SURFACE: AstroPlay

TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Terry Donahue

SERIES: 10th meeting. The Bills lead the series 6-3 and have won all four games played in Buffalo. The teams' last meeting was in 2002, a 10-0 Packers victory in Green Bay. Defensive end Vonnie Holliday, now with Miami, set a franchise record with five sacks and also forced three fumbles by quarterback Drew Bledsoe, now with Dallas. The Packers haven't shut out an opponent since that game. The teams last met in Buffalo in 2000, a 27-18 Bills win.

2006 RANKINGS: Packers: offense 9th (11th rush, 8th pass); defense 30th (9th rush, 32nd pass). Bills: offense 29th (23rd rush, 28th pass); defense 15th (18th rush, 14th pass)

PREDICTION: Packers 27-17

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Packers are beat up at the skill positions, with lead blocker FB Brandon Miree (elbow) and backup RB Vernand Morency (back) out for the game. But with Green Bay's starting receivers nicked up as well, coach Mike McCarthy said he intends to continue to lean on the resurgent ground game behind Ahman Green and Noah Herron.

A lack of success in the running game is a big reason why the Bills made changes to three spots along the offensive line during their bye week. Buffalo needs more consistent production from RB Willis McGahee to help protect QB J.P. Losman, who has already been sacked 21 times. The real concern is rookie RT Terrance Pennington in his first start matched up against Packers DE Aaron Kampman, who is tied for the league lead with 8.5 sacks.

FAST FACTS: Packers: QB Brett Favre seeks fourth consecutive game without an interception for just the second time in his career. ... Green's 51 rushing touchdowns are second most in team history. ... WR Donald Driver has a reception in 71 consecutive games, second behind Sterling Sharpe (103) in franchise history. Bills: PK Rian Lindell has a franchise-best 81.63 field-goal accuracy percentage. ... McGahee needs 61 rushing yards to become franchise's seventh player to reach 3,000.


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