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Packers-Bills: Three Keys

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Protect The Football Turning the ball over was not a problem for the Packers last year but in Week 1 Aaron Rodgers uncharacteristically threw two interceptions.  The Packers were able to overcome that and by every measure the Packers are a better team than Buffalo.  But turnovers can be the great equalizer.  Ryan Grant was reliable with the football, can Brandon Jackson do the same?  A couple of untimely giveaways could change the course of the game.

Neutralize Buffalo's Speed If the Bills have one thing going for them it's speed.  Running back C.J. Spiller and wide receivers Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish are blazers so the Packers need to counter by being physical.  Miami bottled up Spiller last week and held Evans to four catches for 34 yards.  However, Parrish caught a 31 yard touchdown pass late in the game to keep the Bills alive.  The Packers cannot allow big plays like that.

Pressure Trent Edwards Buffalo's offensive line is not solid and Trent Edwards is not mobile.  Combine that with a Packers defense that registered six sacks last week and you've got a recipe for disaster.  Buffalo's strength is running the football but the Packers have proven to be stout against the run.  If the Packers can force Buffalo to throw they should be aggressive in their blitzing to put the game away.

Prediction Packers 31, Bills 10

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