Packers’ losing streak hits four as they lose in Buffalo 27-17

Published: Oct. 30, 2022 at 8:45 PM CDT
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WSAW) - The Packers’ quest to snap a three-game losing streak fell short Sunday night, falling to the Buffalo Bills 27-17.

The Packers looked like they were piecing together a solid drive on their first possession. However, after a completion to wide receiver Christian Watson, the rookie was hit and had to leave the game with a concussion. Green Bay’s drive stalled on a failed fourth down.

Buffalo would then kick things into high gear. A run-heavy drive brought the Bills to the one-yard line. On a rollout, quarterback Josh Allen floated the ball into the back of the end zone to find Dawson Knox for a touchdown to open the scoring. Buffalo led after one quarter 7-0,

The Bills would get the ball back for another sustained drive into the second quarter. In the early stages of the frame, Allen hit wide receiver Stefon Diggs on a stop-and-go for 26 yards to increase their lead to 14-0.

When the Packers got the ball back, things started to click again offensively. Green Bay used a 12-play drive, heavily featuring Aaron Jones to get on the Bills’ side of the field. At the Bills’ 19-yard line, Aaron Rodgers found Romeo Doubs in the corner of the end zone for a sensational catch to the Packers on the board. It was the first touchdown for Doubs since week four against New England.

On the Bills’ next drive, they kept the offense humming. As Buffalo continued to move, the Packers shot themselves in the foot as well. Quay Walker picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for pushing someone on the Bills’ sideline and was ejected from the game. A few plays later, Isaiah McKenzie would take a reverse into the end zone from seven yards, making it 21-7.

The Packers went three-and-out on their next drive, giving Buffalo a shot for more points with just over a minute left in the half. Allen launched a ball to Diggs for 55 yards to give Buffalo at least a shot at a field goal. They’d settle for a 42-yarder to end the half, leading 24-7.

In the second half, the Packers’ offense continued to show flashes. Aaron Jones would rattle off a 32-yard run while AJ Dillon would break free for 27. However, Green Bay would have a touchdown to Robert Tonyan negated by pass interference and the Packers would settle for a field goal.

The Bills’ offense kept their train rolling as well. They’d drive down the field, settling for a field goal as well to get the lead back to three possessions. After three quarters, Buffalo led 27-10.

In the fourth quarter, the Packers defense would make a play. Rasul Douglas would intercept Allen to get Green Bay their first turnover of the game. However, the very next play, the Bills would grab it right back. A batted ball would end up in the hands of Matt Milano, erasing the previous blemish by Buffalo.

Buffalo would drive into the red zone, but the defense would come through again. Jaire Alexander intercepted Allen on the goal line for Green Bay’s second pick of the day. The Packers would use chunk plays to get down the field before Rodgers found rookie Samori Toure for 37 yards, his first career touchdown catch, making the game 27-17.

The Packers would get the ball back and attempt a field goal from 55 yards to try and make it a one-possession game with under one minute to go. However, Mason Crosby missed the kick, giving Buffalo the win for certain, 27-17.

Rodgers finished the night 19-30 for 203 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Aaron Jones had another exceptional night, rushing 20 yards for 143 yards. Doubs was the Packers’ leading receiver, hauling in four grabs for 62 yards and a touchdown.

The Packers are now 3-5, having lost four in a row. They cap off their three-game road trip next Sunday at Detroit.