Packers roll over Bills

The Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis.–This is more like it for the Green Bay Packers.
The offence built a big lead as quarterback Aaron Rodgers gutted through another game with a brace on his injured left knee.
The defence, meanwhile, had seven sacks and pitched a shutout for the first time in eight seasons.
In all, the Packers put together their most complete game of the young season in a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills yesterday afternoon.
“I’ll just definitely start off with the defence,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “I mean, the shutout is huge. It’s what you’re looking for.”
And just the edge the Packers (2-1-1) needed with Rodgers not necessarily playing at his best. He was 22-of-40 for 298 yards and one touchdown.
But Green Bay had decisive edges in total offence (423 yards to 145) and first downs (22-11).
Rodgers also threw an interception off a deflected pass and fumbled the ball away on a sack early in the fourth quarter.
As well, the offence wasn’t as productive in the second half after a fast start.
Ever the perfectionist, Rodgers certainly wasn’t pleased–even if he seemed to be moving a little better this week.
“It was as bad as we’ve played on offence with that many yards in a long time,” Rodgers said.
The Bills (1-3) were much worse.
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen accounted for three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble late in the fourth quarter that stood on review.
He was 16-of-33 for 151 yards.
The Bills had a much tougher time on the road in the NFC North a week after a stunning win at heavily-favoured Minnesota.
“I take this one on my shoulders,” Allen said. “We can only go as far as the quarterback goes.”
Buffalo did manage to force Rodgers to throw his first interception of the season.
But a 16-0 lead at the half was more than enough cushion against Buffalo’s feeble offence.
Even the return of running back LeSean McCoy, who missed a game because of a rib injury, didn’t help the Bills (1-3).
“We were out of rhythm on offence. We needed to find some consistency,” stressed Bills’ coach Sean McDermott.
A physical defence for Green Bay, meanwhile, held the Bills to eight punts and three turnovers on their first 11 drives.
Elsewhere in the NFL, New England bombed Miami 38-7, Dallas nipped Detroit 26-24, Chicago routed Tampa Bay 48-10, Jacksonville beat the N.Y. Jets 31-12, Cincinnati topped Atlanta 37-36, Tennessee edged Philadelphia 26-23 (OT), and Houston shaded Indianapolis 37-34 (OT).
Seattle beat Arizona 20-17, New Orleans dumped the N.Y. Giants 33-18, the L.A. Chargers nipped San Francisco 29-27, Oakland topped Cleveland 45-42 (OT), and Baltimore upended Pittsburgh 26-16.