Sunday, November 05, 2006

Shuffle Off to Buffalo

It was interesting to hear some of the young Packers talk about their first impressions of Buffalo. One said that flying in felt like they flew out of Green Bay and landed a couple hours later...back in Green Bay. Another said that from what he'd seen so far, Green Bay had more to offer than Buffalo. Not sure what his point of reference was, but perhaps best not to know.

In any event, the 3-4 Pack plays the 2-5 Bills today. The Bills are coming off a bye week, the Packers off an outstanding game against the Cardinals for their second consecutive win. The Pack, despite injuries galore, seems to be a team on the upswing. The Bills? Not so much. Their defense is questionable, as is their young QB, J.P. Losman, who some compare -- although God knows why -- to Brett Favre. They do have a dangerous running threat in the form of Willis McGahee and an equally dangerous receiver in the person of former University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) star, Lee Evans. If the Packers' defense plays at the same level they did last week, and allows the Packers' offense the opportunity to do what it is starting to do, the Pack wins this game.

The spread on this game at the time of this posting is Buffalo by 3 -- basically the home field advantage points. That's also a sign that the oddsmakers still haven't caught on to the Packers being on the upswing. Maybe it's a good thing to fly under the radar for a while. Getting back to .500 would be key going into next week's game against the ViQueens at the Humpdome. But first, take care of business in Buffalo. Sorry, Tim Russert. Pack wins. Go Pack Go!