Sat. Final: Packers 31, Bills 21

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4th Quarter

10:05 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  1:31
Drive start on GB 40
Handoff to Sutton...that and victory formation stuff, huh?

9:55 p.m.  Bills' 2nd Drive  2:42
Green Bay 31, Buffalo 21
Hall 1 yd TD run
Drive start on Buf 26

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A penalty forces Buffalo to the 16.  Packers go 2-4-5 with their formation in prevent mode.

They couldn't prevent a disasterous call of pass interference to make it first and goal at the 1.

9:43 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  8:09
Green Bay 31, Buffalo 14
Tyrell Sutton 3 yd TD run
Drive start on GB 25
Well, Brohm can throw the slant pattern at least (1st down throw to Harris.)  A personal foul against Moore after the play forces a 1st-10 at the original line of scrimmage, the 25.

Sutton with great yardage on 3rd and five for a first down.  He's competing for a roster spot, and he may just get it.  He keeps fighting...and the fans love it.

Another parting of the red sea and Sutton explodes through the hole for a first down.  The guy has vision. 

Brohm throws to Heckendorf, makes him turn around as he gets plastered, but keeps the ball in his hands.  Smart throw, though, by Brohm, to shield the ball from defenders.

Sutton goes end zone, hurdling a defender like a steeplechase runner.  Wayne calls the dagger!

9:36 p.m.  Bills' 2nd Drive  10:19
Green Bay 24, Buffalo 14
Omon 1 TD run 
Drive start on BUF 40
Hmmm... Flynn getting hit in the back on that sack causing the fumble and he may have been hurt.  Maybe that's why they ran the draw.

Our favorite two-way player, Havner, now at linebacker.  How invaluable could that guy be?

The Bills run the no-huddle and march quickly with Hamdan to the cusp of the goal line.  Hmmm...kinda dangerous, but it's the fourth teamers.  Omon with the score.

9:31 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  13:00
Drive start on GB 7
Giacomini dovig on a bad fumble to keep a drive alive.  Flynn hands off on a draw play which never stood a chance of a first down.  Ah, it's preseason.  No biggie.

Kapinos with a shank of a punt...Wayne: "you could hear the thud on that kick."

9:26 p.m.  Bills' 1st Drive  14:49
Drive start on BUF 34
The dreadlocked Joe Porter crushing a 3rd-string running back.  It's a requirement for a corner for Green Bay to have dreads, I think.

9:24 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  15:00
Continues from previous drive at GB 29
But it ends with a horse-collarlike hit on Flynn as he throws the ball on 3rd down, and no call.

3rd Quarter

9:20 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  1:09
Drive start on GB 27
It's the Matt Flynn (meaning, it's the default 2nd stringer) show now. 

9:09 p.m.  Bills' 2nd Drive  6:59
Green Bay 24, Buffalo 7
Fitzpatrick-Stupar 10 yd TD pass
Drive start on BUF 40
Mark Murphy on broadcast: "We don't want to see these punters."  Nice sentiment.

Corey McIntyre eaten up by the defense - the 2nd/3rd teamers.  Even those guys are getting free with this 3-4 scheme.

McIntyre gets demolished by Bishop - Bishop crushing someone 30 pounds lighter.  Boss says Barnett may have to worry about his job.

Bills using lots of no-huddle and going deep for Jenkins, but Anthony Smith with wonderful help.  Murphy doing color with Larry McCarren, and the team president loves him some safeties.

The 2nd and 3rd teamers seem to allow a lot more down the middle, and Fitzpatrick gets the Bills into the red zone.  Come on, D, throw a shutout!

Oh, well, there went the shutout.  Stupar with the catch.

9:00 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  8:05
Drive start on GB 9
A sign at Lambeau says "Wayne Dog's In The House."  Think it refers to his favorite quote, "it's all good, dawg!"

Another Brohm pass tipped - that at the line by Bryant.  An injury to Frischknecht and they're strapping him up, it looks like.  This isn't what you want, ever, but especially in preseason.  It's apparently a leg injury, and it's about 8 minutes or so with him being down. 

Mike McCarthy down there to talk with him.  That has to reall make a player pause for thought.  He just look mentally crushed that he had to suffer this.

8:47 p.m.  Bills' 1st Drive 
Drive start on BUF 21
It would have been much better for Green Bay without Swain's penalty.

Blackmon blanketed Johnson for Buffalo on a 24-yard catch - just a great reception.  Not much you could do there.

Ford with great stay-at-home pursuit at corner to meet a reverse, but Fitzpatrick is shredding this second-team defense.

Wynn "meat-cleaving" his blocker to power down Fitzpatrick with the sack.  Hunker down, hairy dawg!  Wooo! (He went to Georgia.)  McCarthy challenges, and the angle of the ball hitting the hands really makes it look like it bounced before it got there.

The ref disagrees with me and 70,000+ at Lambeau.

Doesn't matter.  Desmond Bishop with the pick.  HA!  Marviel Underwood slow to get up.  Ugh.

8:39 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  14:52
Drive start on BUF 47
That's after a great return and a horse collar tackle...but then a Lumpkin fumble leads to a 12-yard loss.

3rd and 17?  Make a play, Brohm!  And, of course, he threw for eight yards.  Not how you keep a job, Brohmie!

Even worse was the interference of the catch by Brett Swain of a punt means a 15-yarder against Green Bay.  That's how you lose a job, especially if you're a special teamer.

2nd Quarter

8:27 p.m.  Bills' 5th Drive  0:04
Drive start on BUF 27
Kneel down, Buffalo.  The Packers own you.

8:23 p.m.  Packers' 4th Drive  0:35
Green Bay 24, Buffalo 0
Crosby 37 yd FG
Drive starts at BUF 26
Finley saves Brohm's butt on a seven-yard catch over the middle.  The pass could have been much safer.  2nd down, and Brohm showed happier feet than Fred Astaire before throwing it away.  More evidence he may not be NFL caliber.

8:18 p.m.  Bills' 4th Drive  0:57
Drive start on BUF 10
Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB for Buffalo, and Jones wth the sack and the fumble forced, with Bishop making another recovery.  Eight turnovers caused?  WOW!

8:11 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive    2:54
Drive start on GB 14
Quin Johnson takes over at fullback. Spencer Havner going at tight end...will he go both ways?

3rd down and short...please let Brohm throw so we can see what he's doing.  Smart throw for a first down...but it was mainly Jordy Nelson's effort.  It gives Brohm more time to show something.

No huddle and Brohm's liking using Nelson...a pop-fly throw to Jones draws a pass interference penalty, and it was well placed.  So far, so good. 

Bad decision...INT'd on the square out deep instead of an open Jordy Nelson.  The turk's getting warmed up.

8:07 p.m.  Bills' 3rd Drive  5:02
Drive start on Buffalo 7
The first big run play by Buffalo was just bad pursuit to the side.  Sometimes the linebackers aren't perfectly consistent...but then they stuff the back for no gain.

Pass nearly intercepted on 3rd and 8...Anthony Smith had it on his hands and batted it down like a mallet used for spanking.

Will Blackmon!  You cannot muff punts!Q  Thank goodness you caught it back.

Twitter: LOLSheilaKberg
"Packers kicking some serious butt tonight! I know it's just preseason, but dang! Take THAT Brett Favre!"

8:01 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive    8:58
Drive starts on GB 34
Brian Brohm had better do something with this appearanceo or he's toast, potentially.  I really misjudged him when he came out...thought he'd be the future with the whole question of Favre vs. Rodgers.

So far, directing a good drive with a couple early completions. 

A 3rd and 14 and Brohm hands to Jackson.  That's not gonna test him.  I would have liked to have seen a throw to test Brohm in a tough situation.  Probably lends me to thinking he'll be in a while.

Twitter: erica_g
"My favorite hangover remedy? Watching a packer game. Thank you football."

7:55 p.m.  Bills' 2nd Drive  10:47
Drive starts on BUF 12

A drive that ended with a McKelvin fumble and the Packers recovering...wait...nope...because McKelvin was ruled down before the fumble occurred.  Uh, that's VERY reviewable.

Didn't matter much - three and out.

7:47 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  13:51 
Green Bay 21, Buffalo 0
Driver 10 yd TD reception from Rodgers
Drive starts at BUF 41
Ryan Grant gets it on with a huge hole on a cutback run for 14 yards...the left side of the line obliterating the right shirts.  Giacomini with a great push, as Larry describes it.

Grant again dominating with a great screen...Wayne describes how he's getting a great burst again like he had in '07.  12 yard gain.  This team is clicking on all cylinders.

Rodgers with a scramble and Driver with another miraculous catch in the end zone!

7:43 p.m.  Bills' 1st Drive (continued from 1st quarter)  15:00
Drive on BUF 43
Buffalo now with four penalties...the Packers just with one at this point.  Disciplined play, especially with no penalties defensively.  Nice.

Whoa!  Jenkins with the fumble forced and Poppinga with the recovery on the middle screen.  Seven turnovers by the Packers this preseason!

1st Quarter

7:38 p.m.  Bills' 4th Drive  1:29
Drive on BUF 22
Aaron Kampman really isn't making much change in what he's doing stopping the run.  He's being blocked by tight ends on runs, and a tight end can't block the guy.  Great point by Larry.

He also makes a point that on run plays, like a double-digt yardage gainer to stop the quarter, A.J. Hawk has to do a better job of run contain.

7:30 p.m.  Packers' 3rd Drive  5:19
Green Bay 14, Buffalo 0
Grant 3 yd TD run
Drive starts on GB 21
Man is Finley getting wide open underneath.  He's seemingly uncoverable, at least against the Bills.  18-yard catch. 

Speaking of...another huge catch to Finley!  22 yarder....this is like stealing.  

WHOA!!!!!  Driver with a special catch on a Rodgers purposeful underthrow.  Aaron had to throw it behind driver because the defender was guarding the other side, but Driver reached back and made a super catch.

RYAN GRANT PAYDIRT!  3-yarder.

7:24 p.m.  Bills' 3rd Drive  7:31
Drive start on BUF 20
Will this end like the others, with a turnover?

3rd and 8 thanks to great run defense....Buffalo got the first, but the more you see the 3rd and long, the more you like it.  Our pass coverage won't give up many 3rd and long's.

The Pack stopped another 3rd and long on the next series.

7:19 p.m.  Packers' 2nd Drive  7:33
Green Bay 7, Buffalo 0
Rodgers-Jennings 5 yd TD pass
Drive start on BUF 5
Drive end in end zone!  Simple slant to Jennings.

7:16 p.m.  Bills' 2nd Drive  8:53
Drive start on BUF 17

The Packers' 2nd drive begins with a sack (after a penalty) with Johnny Jolly using a Reggie White club move.  One play later, this defense with the 3-4 is SWARMING!  I know it's preseason, but I like what I see so far.

3rd down?  Jolly with the cutoff....and Hawk with the sack, fumble and recovery at the five!  This D is dominant!

7:09 p.m.  Packers' 1st Drive  10:52
Drive start on BUF 37
Rodgers finds Finley over the middle to the land of first and goal...AAAAGH!  Penalty on Spitz for illegal hands to the face.  Wayne: "That Jermichel Finley is ALWAYS open!"  Larry: "I'm talking about being a star."

NICE draw play out of the gun with Ryan Grant on 3rd down, and they'll go for it on 4th and 1.  Larry: "Preseason...why not??!!"

4th and 1 on the 15...ugh.  The hole was plugged on left guard and Grant got swarmed under.  Larry: "I knew they shoulda kicked it!"

7:05 p.m.  Bills 1st Drive  15:00
Drive start on BUF 18
LOTS of beef on the front line with Jolly, Pickett and Jenkins on the line.  Wonder how many burgers they can knock down in one shot.

3rd and short at the 27...and Marshawn Lynch "piledrives" through a pretty good opening from the left side.  That's one of the rare situations where the 3-4 really hurts ya.

If only the 1st down play happened right before, as Cullen Jenkins' cat-like quick movement nailed Lynch in the backfield.  Interesting only Pickett had his hand down.

INTERCEPTION by Poppinga on a tipped pass by Collins - Badabinga Poppinga!

Pregame

7:03 p.m.
Buffalo took heads and won the coin toss.  They'll get the football first.

6:57 p.m.
Ah, a close friend told me that he'll be 43 rows up, but audible to one Mr. T.O. since he'll be sitting on the Buffalo side.

A chorus of incredibly loud cheers comes for the bearded wonder, Aaron Rodgers, who rear-bumps Ruvell Martin while coming out of the southeast corner tunnel.

Pregame Story

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Packers' first-round pick B.J. Raji should get his first game action Saturday after a contract impasse wiped out 14 practices and a preseason game. Bills' top pick Aaron Maybin still waits.

When the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills meet Saturday night, both teams will be working to fill their remaining holes after contract holdouts cost the young defensive ends significant time.

Raji, picked ninth, signed just before Green Bay's exhibition opener last Saturday, while Maybin, selected 11th, agreed to a five-year contract Friday.

Maybin will practice Monday after missing the first three preseason games.

Raji is eventually projected to be the Packers' nose tackle but has lined up only at left defensive end while defensive line coach Mike Trgovac works with him one-on-one.

"Coach Trgo is very (focused) on the technical part of things. So he was working on my steps, my (take) off, approaching offensive linemen, when to do what," Raji said. "He doesn't want to make me a robot, he just wants me to get used to what I'm doing."

Raji said the most important thing is that he comes out of Saturday healthy. He's not concerned with the missed time.

"I've got a pretty good grasp of things," he said.

Bills coach Dick Jauron believes quarterback Trent Edwards has a good grasp of things, too, even though he won't have Terrell Owens (sprained toe).

The Bills have had success with a no-huddle offense. Edwards is 13 of 14 for 113 yards in two preseason games, but he hasn't led the first-team offense to the end zone in four series.

"I like the progress that we've made, but I'm really anticipating a lot more progress being made in the future, too," Edwards said.

Buffalo also will see a 3-4 defense for the first time this preseason, a scheme all three AFC East opponents run. Green Bay's version is being installed by new defensive coordinator Dom Capers, who also worked in Miami.

"It's just important to see it no matter what we run. It's different obviously, and we do see it throughout our division," Jauron said.

While the Bills first-team offense has been silent, the Packers starters scored two touchdowns on two drives in a shutout against Cleveland last week. Green Bay is still tinkering with the five offensive linemen who'll protect Aaron Rodgers.

"It's an important week to see how it shakes out," Rodgers said. "(Because) the third week is the week you really play it like a real game."

Rodgers, who threw for 4,038 yards with 28 TDs and 13 interceptions last season, said the one lineman he's most comfortable with he hardly sees.

"One thing that gives you real confidence is when you have a security blanket like Chad Clifton at left tackle," Rodgers said. "Having Chad be able to be 100 percent or close to it, as close as he's been probably the last three or four years and be healthy, really gives you a confidence that your backside is going to be protected and any problems will be in your face."

Although the Packers hope Raji gets in Edwards' face, they still won't have their other first-round pick on the field. Linebacker Clay Matthews is recovering from a nagging hamstring injury that happened Aug. 6, and the team doesn't want to push its young talents right now.

"You have to be careful," general manager Ted Thompson said. "As much as you want to just throw them back in and let them dive in the deep end, you have to come to grips with the fact that everybody else is two weeks ahead of them as far as being in pads and going through the rigors of practice."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)