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Scouting Report Week 4 - Bills vs. Packers


Top 3 Individual Matchups
1 – Jerry Hughes vs. David Bakhtiari
Coming off a dominant performance last week, Hughes will look to continue his QB harassment working against the Packers left tackle.

2 – Jordan Mills vs. Clay Matthews Buffalo's right tackle will see the most of Matthews in pass rushing situations as he likes to come off the left side of the defensive formation. Matthews has been successful in getting to the QB early this season.

3 – Tre'Davious White vs. Davante Adams White has largely been asked to follow the opponent's top receiver. He'll likely do the same with Adams, who currently has a streak of five straight games with a touchdown.

Bills Top 2 Advantages
Good advantage – Run game
Buffalo hasn't fully hit their stride with their ground game yet this season, but with Josh Allen serving as a complement to Buffalo's backs and Green Bay giving up almost 125 yards a game on the ground, the Bills should have some success with the run whether LeSean McCoy is in the lineup or not.

Best advantage – Kick return Buffalo has done well through the first few games when it's come to setting up their offense with good field position. The Bills rank fourth in the league in kick return average. Meanwhile Green Bay's cover unit is giving up 25 yards a return.

Bills Number 1 Must
Harass Rodgers
The obvious key to Green Bay's attack is their quarterback. Putting together a repeat performance of last week with the pass rush would go a long way toward slowing down the Packers offense. Knowing Rodgers might be a bit gimpy with his knee injury, Buffalo's men up front should pick their spots to be aggressive.

Scouting Eye
No Mo
A familiar player to the Bills, Muhammad Wilkerson, was one of Green Bay's big offseason signings. The former Jet was a respected vet in the locker room, but after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last week at Washington, Wilkerson won't be part of the Packers defensive equation.

Backfield stable full again For the first two games of the season, the Packers were without RB Aaron Jones, who was serving a two-game league-imposed suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy. In his return to action last week, he complemented starter Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery well. Jones had seven carries for 42 yards in last week's game and finished as the team's leading rusher. Williams and Montgomery combined for 45 yards on the ground.

Secret weapon Though Davante Adams and Randall Cobb are household playmaker names in the Packers passing attack, one that isn't is Geronimo Allison. The former undrafted free agent however, is quickly making a name for himself. Through the first three games of the season, Allison leads Green Bay in both receiving yards (209) and yards per reception (16.1). His big play ability was on display last week with a pair of catches for 76 yards.

Over the top Through the first three games of the season, the Packers defense has been victimized by the big play. Much has been made about the miscommunication between Green Bay's corners and safeties in terms of knowing who has help where on certain calls. The results have been troubling in the early going.

The Packers have given up 15 plays of 20 yards or more through the first three games, three of which have gone for touchdowns. In two of their three games, opponents have tested them early. Chicago got a pair of 30-plus yard plays against the Pack in the first quarter of the season opener. And last week Washington got them to surrender a 46-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game.

They signed free agent CB Bashaud Breeland this week in an effort to shore up things on the back end.

O-line hobbled Green Bay has some injury concerns on the right side of their offensive line. Right guard, Just McCray is not expected to play on Sunday due to a shoulder injury. Expected to fill the void is veteran backup Byron Bell, who spent most of his career at offensive tackle. Meanwhile RT Bryan Bulaga left last week's game with a back injury and did not return. He was replaced in the lineup by Jason Spriggs.

If neither starter on the right side can play, it could compromise the consistency of protection for Aaron Rodgers, who is trying to play through a knee injury.

Buffalo Chips
Quote of the week

"It's one game. I don't want people jumping to conclusions on anything. We're still trying to develop, myself included. We're just looking to have a good week of practice, a good week of preparation for Green Bay."
--QB Josh Allen on win over Vikings

Stat of the week Jerry Hughes has five sacks and two forced fumbles in his last four road games against NFC opponents.

Milestones in reach Josh Allen can set a team record for rushing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback with one more to give him three on the season.

Stephen Hauschka needs one 50-plus yard field goal for 25 in his career.

LeSean McCoy needs eight points for 500 in his career.

Final Note A Bills victory would give them six straight wins against NFC North opponents`

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