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Packers vs Bills Preview:BASICS–The teams: The Green Bay Packers (1-0) vs. the Buffalo Bills (0-1). Time: Sunday, Noon Wisconsin time. Place: Lambeau Field, Green Bay. TV coverage: CBS. Prediction–Bills are simply not talented enough to spring an upset. While the Packers suffered a surprising loss at lowly Tampa Bay last season, they won’t make the same mistake in their home opener Sunday. Packers 31, Bills 10.
Terrible Rodgers Looks to Rebound: For 34 games (including playoffs) into Rodgers’ tenure as the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback, his team had never won in spite of him the way they did last week. “I played terrible. It was probably about as bad as I could play, so that’s a good thing. It’s got to get better,” Rodgers said after he went 19-for-31 for 188 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 73.1 rating or almost half of his preseason rating of 141.2. “I missed a lot of throws that I make in my sleep. But we made just enough plays to win.”
Notebook: Hawk Back on Defense–Bills will run the ball meaning the Packers will use their base defense which features A.J. Hawk. Plus, the Packers are shorthanded on the defensive line with Mike Neal unlikely to play. Those items and much, much more from Friday.
Coaches Not Worried About Rookie S Burnett’s Tentativeness: Packers safety Burnett has demonstrated superior ball skills and coaches expect him to become an aggressive tackler as he gets more comfortable.
Packers pay Giacomini to stay on: Packers really did want to keep tackle Giacomini in their program and away from the Minnesota Vikings. In perhaps an unprecedented move in Green Bay, the Packers agreed to pay Giacomini an extra $2,300 per week.
BILLS WEEK: Friday update – 5 are questionable: LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), LG Daryn Colledge (illness), FB Korey Hall (hip), DE Mike Neal(side/rib) did not participate in practice and are questionable for the game. CB Brandon Underwood(shoulder) was limited and is questionable. Charles Woodson and Chad Clifton practiced and are ready to go. Colledge came in sick this morning and will be monitored. Bryan Bulaga would start at LG if Colledge can’t go. FB Hall torqued his troublesome hip on Thursday but will be given the 48 hours to get ready for the game.
Notebook: The Woodson move becomes common turnover weapon: Packers forced only one turnover in last Sundays season-opening victory at Philadelphia, but that lone turnover was perfectly executed and has become commonplace for Charles Woodson.
Goska column: Bills futility on third down contributes to losing ways: Third-down conversion rates arent as telling as some of the other statistics bandied about in football circles. But know this: teams that convert at a rate of less than 30 percent over the course of a season rarely emerge with a winning record.
Packers’ Wynn on return: ‘It felt like getting drafted again’: The second-year defensive lineman didn’t survive Green Bay’s final roster cut downs, but was quickly asked back after Justin Harrell was lost for the season to a torn ACL.
Packers notes: Wells doesn’t being center of attention on telecasts: The center wore a microphone during the season opener, something he says the league will have all centers do during high-profile games, and he’s not happy about it.
Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson already made one mistake by keeping only two halfbacks on the roster, and he’s compounding his error — and jeopardizing the team’s chances for a special season — by not getting an experienced backup.
Packers’ Hawk wants to be more than role player: The fifth-year Green Bay linebacker and former No. 5 overall pick did not play at all on defense in the season opener, and his agent is suggesting he would welcome a trade.