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The Buffalo Bills caught the Minnesota Vikings by surprise last week Bryan Bulaga Jersey , harassing Kirk Cousins into a terrible game and getting almost semi-competent play from rookie quarterback Josh Allen. football and one of the major reasons for the New England Patriots’ dominance over the last decade. Still, there are a few things they do well, and they might be able to capitalize on a few Packer weaknesses. That said, they are still a trainwreck and, with a competent game plan, losing to them is inexcusable. Defensive end Jerry Hughes was the biggest reason for Buffalo’s upset last week, but the Buffalo pass rush was fierce across the board. They got to Cousins four times, causing him to fumble three times, recovering two, and picking him off once. Really, the only reason the Bills won was the aforementioned fumbles, which set them up in great field position, and allowed them to pound in a few low-risk touchdowns with the run game. With Aaron Rodgers still hobbled, this could theoretically be a problem for Green Bay, but Rodgers is also one of the least turnover-prone players in NFL history, and it’s hard to imagine him having a Cousins-like game. The Bills’ starting corners score very well in Football Outsiders’ charting, with Taron Johnson and Tre’Davious White boasting success rates above 75%. For context, Tramon Williams paces the Packers with 59%. It is worth noting that this stat can be a bit deceptive, as good corners are often targeted so infrequently that one or two bad plays can skew their numbers, which is why Jaire Alexander does not lead the Packers, but for those with high success rates, it’s usually dead on. In any case, outside receivers have struggled against Buffalo this season, as the Bills are the 13th-best team at covering number 1 wideouts and 8th best at covering number 2 wideouts. If anyone has ever been set up well for a bounce-back game, it would be Randall Cobb, as the Bills are dead last at 32nd in stopping slot receivers. However, Cobb is no sure bet to play this week Authentic Nick Perry Jersey , showing up on the injury report this week with a hamstring. The Bills also rank just 23rd against tight ends, so it was nice to see Jimmy Graham leave the injury report. On offense, the Bills’ originally started the year with Nathan Peterman. Calling Peterman sub-replacement would be an insult to all of the CFL quarterbacks, Arena League quarterbacks, and quarterbacks in that German league Moritz Bohringer played in. He is, quite simply, one of the worst quarterbacks to draw multiple starts in the history of the NFL. The Bills spent a high draft pick on the raw but strong-armed Josh Allen out of Wyoming. Allen is one of my least favorite kinds of quarterback prospects. He is an athletic, toolsy rookie who didn’t produce in college, only started for twoseasons, and didn’t complete a high percentage of passes while also throwing a lot of picks against substandard competition. Some may look at the score of the of the Vikings’ game and assume that Allen played well, but in truth he was a complete disaster. Kirk Cousins fumbled 3 times in the Vikings’ loss, but so did Allen. The difference was that the Vikings were unable to recover any of Allen’s fumbles, but with better luck those recovery numbers could easily be reversed. Allen threw one nice deep ball to Jason Croom for a touchdown, but other than that it was all checkdowns and scrambles. Allen is mobile, and that can give the Packers trouble, but he’s extremely inaccurate with the ball, and should give them multiple opportunities for turnovers. Buffalo’s running game isn’t a complete travesty, and with Muhammad Wilkerson out for the year, it’s an area of vulnerability for Green Bay. Chris Ivory has carried the load thus far, but the Bills also expect LeSean McCoy back this week, so the run game may get a little boost. They rank 21st per DVOA, and there is no reason to sell out on the pass against Allen, and starting wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, and Zay Jones. If the Packers need to stop the run, they should be able to.By DVOA, this is the worst team in football. Worse than Arizona, worse than Oakland Youth Davante Adams Jersey , worse than the Giants. Part of that is due to Peterman playing, but this is still a team that lacks talent across the board, and which has no business beating or blowing out just about anyone. While they got a fluky win last week based almost entirely on fumble luck, that is unlikely to happen again. The Packers should win by multiple scores, and if they lose, Mike McCarthy’s seat should instantly become white-hot. A five-game losing streak has assured the Atlanta Falcons of their first losing season since 2014, and the usually upbeat coach Dan Quinn said he's alarmed by the ugly results and looking for fixes.Quinn said all players and coaches are in the spotlight after Sunday's 34-20 loss at Green Bay locked in the losing season for the Falcons (4-9).It is a bitter reality for an Atlanta team only two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance. The Falcons would have to win two of their last three just to match their last losing record, a 6-10 finish in 2014.Quinn has turned up the heat on his team as Atlanta prepares for a visit from Arizona on Sunday."Some of you may have questions regarding the program and staff and players," Quinn said. "As we're sitting here in week 15, we have four wins. So you better believe we're evaluating everything and doing anything to get it right."Quinn complained about "self-inflicted wounds," including 13 penalties and two turnovers in the loss to the Packers."I thought our toughness was right but our focus is not," he said.He said the errors and lack of focus are not new concerns."It hasn't been to the level that we needed to for a while," he said. "... To have some of these inconsistencies show up over a period of time has definitely been something that has been at the forefront of my mind."Quinn doesn't have an answer to why the focus has become an issue, saying, he "can't tell you the amount of sleep" he has lost "on that question alone."Matt Ryan's second-quarter pass for Austin Hooper was intercepted by Bashaud Breeland and returned 22 yards for a touchdown. The Falcons also botched a shotgun snap in the red zone that was recovered by Green Bay.Quinn said those were among the mistakes "that made me think lack of focus."It was a mixed weekend for team owner Arthur Blank, who also owns the MLS Atlanta United. One day after watching Atlanta United win the MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Blank was in Green Bay for another Falcons loss.Blank gave Quinn a postgame hug one week after saying he still has confidence in the coach and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.Quinn is 36-30 in his fourth season in Atlanta, including a 3-2 postseason mark.For the second straight week, Quinn tweaked his starting offensive line, inserting Ty Sambrailo at right tackle ahead of Ryan Schraeder. Zane Beadles made his second straight start at right guard."I've been waiting for the opportunity to go out and show what I can do," Sambrailo said Monday. "The opportunity came and I felt I did all right."The line helped produce a much-needed boost in the running game . Atlanta ran for 107 yards, only its third 100-yard game of the season. Rookie Ito Smith had 11 carries for 60 yards as he continued to have a more prominent role. Tevin Coleman ran for 45 yards on 10 carries.There were other personnel moves. Rookie Isaiah Oliver shared time with cornerback Robert Alford. Brian Hill played at running back and fullback while fullback Ricky Ortiz was inactive. Defensive end Steven Means also returned to the playing rotation.More changes could come."Nobody is OK with this record," Quinn said.NOTES: Quinn second-guessed himself for allowing Matt Bryant to attempt a 53-yard field goal into the wind in the first quarter. Bryant's kick was short. "That would be one I'd like to have over," Quinn said. ... Quinn said TE Austin Hooper avoided serious injury when he left the game with an apparent knee injury.

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