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Stopping Spiller will be key to the Packers chances

The real key for the Green Bay Packers to defeat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday is simple: show up.

Yes, the Bills are that bad. In fact, they may be the worst team the Packers face all season.

The biggest key for the Packers is stopping the Bills return game, which features rookie C.J. Spiller on kickoff returns and Roscoe Parrish on punt returns.

Parrish has a career 12.2-yard average and three touchdowns. Spiller took back seven kickoffs for touchdowns at Clemson. If the Bills have a short field to work with, they may be able to keep the game close.

Fortunately, this year’s version of the Packers special teams looks a lot better than years past. The Packers essentially made Eagles Pro Bowl returner DeSean Jackson a non-factor last week through a combination of high, directional kicks and solid coverage.

If the Bills can’t get their special teams going, it may be a long day.

Their offense is a joke. They totaled an NFL-low 166 yards last week in a 15-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, with only nine total first downs.

Of the 166 yards, 116 came through the air. Quarterback Trent Edwards threw for 139 yards and one touchdown to Parrish. The Bills supposedly vaunted three-headed running attack of Spiller, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch produced only 50 yards.

Spiller, who had the most carries, with seven, gained six total yards. Jackson had the most yards, 19, on four carries.

It’s highly conceivable the Packers defense, which currently ranks 18th in the league, will move into the top five after Sunday’s games.

You get the picture. The Bills offense is terrible, but they will try to establish the run. The Bills have to feel the Packers can be run on after they gave up 149 yards to the Eagles, last week.

Unfortunately for the Bills, most of those yards (103) came from quarterback Michael Vick. Edwards is no Michael Vick. What the Packers will have to do to stop the Bills offense is stop Spiller, who possesses the same kind of quickness as Vick. If the Bills are forced to pass, they’re out of their comfort zone and the game will turn into a rout.

On defense, the Bills strength — if they have one — is against the pass. They gave up only 164 yards to Miami, last week. Of course, Miami’s passing attack isn’t anywhere near as potent as the Packers and Aaron Rodgers should have an easy time shredding the Bills secondary after a sub-par performance, last week.

If the Packers play to their capabilities and don’t overlook the Bills, this one should be over by halftime.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Jason September 17, 2010

    “On Defense, the Bills strength-if they have one”? Really? You are obviously a homer who clearly doesn’t know football if you are not sure if the pass D for the Bills is a strength or not. It IS a strength just as much as your pass protection is a weakness. Your just lucky you have a top tier QB otherwise with your OL, your team would be in for a long day every week.

    The spread might be 13, but there is no way this game is remotely over by halftime.

    1. Monty September 17, 2010

      I was being generous. The Bills fucking blow and shouldn’t be allowed on the same field as the Packers.

  2. Cade Lawson September 17, 2010

    I completly agree Monty.

  3. Jason September 17, 2010

    You do know it’s 2010 right? I wanted to make sure you weren’t stuck in 1997 when the Fudge Packers actually won something.

    The Bills might not be as good as your beloved Packers, but until you prove something, anything at all, we are all in the same boat.

  4. Steve September 17, 2010

    C’mon… you know the rule, “On any given Sunday..” or have you forgotten about Tampa Bay, the last time the Pack faced a team they “only have to show up” to beat? Cockiness leads to defeat every time. I hope the Packers aren’t as overconfident as Monty and Cade or it will be a very long Sunday.. The Bills, on paper, stink, but they are still an NFL caliber team and capable to being last year’s Bucs to the Packers if they are taken lightly.

    1. Jason September 17, 2010

      So there is rational, intelligent fans in Green Bay afterall…good to meet you Steve.

  5. Boston September 17, 2010

    I agree we’ll probably stomp them, but the parallels to last year are a little… eerie. Eek out a tough win against an NFC team that we’re probably better than, only to face an AFC “dog” in week 2 – a dog that just barely lost to another AFC team?

    Remember how easy the Bengals looked on the schedule last year

  6. Cade Lawson September 19, 2010

    You were saying?…… Bitches.