3 observations from Packers 27-17 loss to Bills

Packers running back Aaron Jones is brought down by the Bills defense but not before he gained a first down.
Packers running back Aaron Jones is brought down by the Bills defense but not before he gained a first down. /

The Green Bay Packers have lost four straight games following their 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night. Although this loss was expected, it doesn’t hurt any less.

Green Bay’s season is on life support, as they are in a stretch of games that will define how the 2022 year is remembered. At 3-5, they can’t afford any more missteps.

The scoreboard reflects a game that never felt close. Buffalo jumped out to a 14-0 lead and was up 24-7 at one point as well. Despite that, Green Bay led the game in total yards, rushing yards, third-down conversions, first downs and time of possession.

It was a step in the right direction for the Packers who play the Detroit Lions next week. Before we move forward, here are three observations from their loss to the Bills.

Here are three observations about the Green Bay Packers in their 27-17 loss on Sunday Night Football to the Buffalo Bills.

Packers running game

Head coach Matt LaFleur always talks about the need to get Aaron Jones the rock more. Well, he finally did it. Jones had 20 carries and four additional receptions to give him 24 touches on the night. Even better; he produced when he got the ball. He ran for 143 yards and was his consistently slithery self.

Dillon also played a nice second fiddle, averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 10 handoffs. He caught one pass for nine yards. The duo was exactly what the Packers needed to carry the offense, as Green Bay was committed to the run. Unfortunately, a couple of failed fourth-down conversions, a turnover, a missed field goal and a touchdown that was called back on a highly questionable offensive pass interference call meant Green Bay could only put 17 points on the board.

Packers’ young wide receivers

Christian Watson went down early in the game with a concussion and didn’t return. It appears the Packers had a lot of plays in the game for him and were going to ride his coattails in this one. When he went down, they had to change course quickly.

Romeo Doubs had one of the best games of his young career. He caught four passes for 62 yards including an impressive touchdown. Samori Toure finally got on the board as well with a 37-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was nice to see them step up. The Packers will need a lot more of that moving forward.

Talent gap

No matter how hard the Packers tried on Sunday, they couldn’t compete with the Bills. There were several mental errors the team couldn’t overcome and it was apparent just how big the talent gap is.

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Once upon a time, it was Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense marching up and down the field. Nobody could stop them, they could only hope to hold on for dear life and slow them down. That was the Bills who seemingly got bored with their food on Sunday night. They scored on five straight possessions at one point. With the trade deadline looming on Tuesday, it’s clear the Packers are more than one player away.