Packers-Bills: Game notes

Defense puts heat on Losman; injury update from Green Bay's 24-10 loss to Buffalo

The Green Bay Packers, among the league leaders in sacks, finished with a season-high five sacks on Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman.

The Packers raised their total to 27 sacks for this season. Green Bay's offense has surrendered 11 sacks this season, including two to Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel Sunday in the Packers' 24-10 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"I thought the defense did a great job of keeping us in the game in the first half," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "With the turnovers, it was only a 10-0 game. We had a number of momentum swings that we didn't take full advantage of it. The defense was a big part of it. When you sack the quarterback, that's a big play for the defense."

Defensive tackle Corey Williams led the Packers with a career-best three sacks, increasing his season total to five. Williams, who has been slowed by a knee injury that has limited his playing time this season, had a total of three sacks in the last two seasons.

Williams was able to get pressure through the middle of Buffalo's offensive line, which was re-shuffled this week due to injuries. Cullen Jenkins also got a sack for the Packers.

Aaron Kampman extended his sacks streak to five games, longest by a Packers player since Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had a five-game stretch that covered two seasons, Dec. 24, 2000 - Oct. 7, 2001. Kampman, who entered the game tied for the league lead in sacks, raised his total to a career-best 9.5 by bringing down Losman in the first quarter.

"We're in this process, which you don't like to be, but we're learning the offense and we still have some young guys," Losman said. "We're trying to find out what the limitations are. We're trying to find out what we can and cannot do. From that standpoint, it has been frustrating. We've had some tough times, but you have to keep your head up. You have to stay positive, believe in each other and trust one another. You have to focus on your job and keep this thing going, keep fighting and hanging in there and boom, we pop one like we did (today)."

Reggie White (Nov. 5-Dec. 3, 1995) was the last Packer to record at least one sack in five straight games.

Kampman, in his fifth season, started his 50th consecutive game.

Injury update
Green Bay starting safety Nick Collins left in the second half with a back bruise, and coach Mike McCarthy said the player was also having his kidneys checked. The second-year starter had three tackles before he was hurt, and was the team's fourth-leading tackler with 49 coming into the game.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings returned to action after missing last Sunday's game with a sprained right ankle. Jennings finished with five catches for 69 yards, but aggravated his ankle injury after catching a 25-yard pass from Favre in the second quarter. Jennings left the game as trainers tended to his ankle, but returned to finish.

Bills running back Willis McGahee was carted to the locker room after hurting his ribs four minutes into the game.

McGahee had X-rays taken during the game, but the Bills didn't have an updated status on him afterward. He was seen outside the team's locker room in a joyful mood following the win.

"It was bad enough and sore enough that he could not finish," coach Dick Jauron said.

McGahee was replaced by Anthony Thomas, who finished with 95 yards on 20 carries.

McGahee was hurt on Buffalo's seventh play from scrimmage, stuffed for a 3-yard loss by defensive tackle Colin Cole at the Packers 9. Cole and fellow lineman Ryan Pickett both fell heavily on McGahee. The running back lay on the field for several minutes and winced as he was helped to the sideline. The training staff attended to McGahee's left side before carting him off to the locker room.

McGahee is the Bills' leading rusher the past three seasons, including 579 yards this year. He had 15 yards on four carries before he was hurt.

Extra points
-- Buffalo's 184 yards offense were the fewest allowed by the Packers since a 10-0 win over the Bills at Green Bay on Dec. 22, 2002.

-- Favre had not thrown an interception in 111 attempts before being picked off by London Fletcher-Baker in the second quarter.

-- Donald Driver caught a second-quarter pass to extend his receptions streak to 72 games. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, behind Sterling Sharpe (103 games, 1988-94). Driver also had nine catches in the game to reach 50 on the season for his fifth 50-catch season. He joins Sterling Sharpe (7), James Lofton (7) and Antonio Freeman (6) as one of four Packers with that many 50-catch seasons.

Driver now has 29 career touchdown receptions from Favre, tying the No. 7 duo of Arnie Herber-Don Hutson (29) on the team's all-time combination list. The duo needs three to reach No. 5 (tie) Lynn Dickey-James Lofton and Favre-Robert Brooks (both 32).

-- LB Abdul Hodge missed his fourth straight game. The team erred on the side of caution in holding the backup rookie out Sunday after he returned to practice last week following a lengthy absence because of a knee injury.


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