The Buffalo Bills (5-1, 2-0 home) host the Green Bay Packers (3-4, 1-2 away) in primetime on Sunday Night Football trying to stay undefeated at home. The matchup will be the only time the AFC vs. NFC foes face each other this season.
Sunday’s kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. EST at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, New York. The Bills are a 10.5-point favorite, and the over/under total is 47.0 points.
What to Know – Green Bay Packers
Green Bay hopes to snap a three-game losing skid and move its record back to .500. The Packers are tied with the Chicago Bears in the NFC North, three games back of the first-place Minnesota Vikings.
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers has struggled to get things going offensively since the departure of his main wide receiving target Davante Adams. Rodgers’ is completing 66.8% of his passes with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Starting running back Aaron Jones is having a nice season out of the backfield. The all-purpose back is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and has four total touchdowns. He has ran for 432 yards and caught 26 passes for 176 yards.
The top two targets for Rodgers this season aren’t expected to play Sunday night. Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are sidelined, so little-used Sammy Watkins and tight end Robert Tonyan will have to step up. Those two targets have combined for 38 receptions, 398 yards, and one score.
What to Know – Buffalo Bills
The Bills, on the other hand, can punch its fourth win in a row with a victory over the Packers. Buffalo is in first place in its division and looking like the top team in the AFC. The Bills play three of the next four games of its schedule on their home turf.
Josh Allen continues to be the engine offensively under center for the Bills, throwing 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Allen has completed 66.9% of his throws for 1,980 yards and leads the team in rushing with 257 yards and two scores on the ground.
The lack of rushing attack isn’t a concern for the pass-happy offense. Devin Singletary remains the lead back, with Zack Moss and James Cook earning a handful of carries per game. Singletary has 256 yards rushing, while Cook has the only TD of the trio.
Wideout Stefon Diggs is Allen’s favorite target when dropping back to pass. Diggs has received 65 targets this season, hauling in 49 of them for 656 yards and six touchdowns. Gabe Davis is the team’s deep threat, averaging 27.4 yards per reception and scoring four times.
The Pick is In
A primetime matchup might turn into a snoozer quickly. Two teams heading in the wrong direction and one without two of its important offensive weapons. Buffalo is coming off a bye and will be rested and ready to go for this one.
The Pick: Buffalo Bills -10.5