Easy Expectations: Why Green Bay Packers Will Defeat Buffalo Bills at Home Today
Forget what so called "experts" say, because there really are easy win games in the NFL these days.
In a weekend that is set to see many new headlines unfold over the course of Week 2, the Green Bay Packers are aiming to reach the 2-0 mark for the season, as all signs point to a big time win this Sunday over the Buffalo Bills.
For the most part, the Packers still look great on paper despite a few crucial injuries, and now that the Packers have the feel for regular season football once again, it is only reasonable to assume that bigger and better things are to come in future weeks.
But like New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton would fondly tell you, any team that is looking toward a Super Bowl berth in the NFL must take baby steps in order to achieve that goal.
In relation to the 2010 Green Bay Packers, this statement couldn't be more true for the 70,000 plus loyal supporters that will turn up to Lambeau Field today expecting a blowout not only on the scoreboard, but in the stats column for Aaron Rodgers.
As it stands, the Packers' expectations for this season stand higher than the Empire State Building. Mike McCarthy's offense is scary good, and although Al Harris and Atari Bigby are heavily missed on the defensive side, it was apparent last week that these absences haven't affected the team at all.
However, now that the Packers are gearing up for their Week 2 opponents, it's time for Green Bay to really prove how dominant they can be against a considerably weaker opponent.
To put some memories to the test, last season the Packers were notable for allowing poorer teams to remain in the game against them. Teams such as Tampa Bay put up a reasonable fight against the Packers, and it appeared that once one problem occurred for Green Bay, the entire structure fell at times.
So is it totally wise for the Packers to head into Sunday's game with a hot head full of confidence?
To be perfectly honest here, yes it is wise.
For you see, it has been quite some time since the Packers were this confident in their abilities. The last occasion that the Packers were this confident was perhaps during the Brett Favre era, and although Aaron Rodgers has looked extremely balanced as his replacement, there has always been an issue or two to deal with that has overshadowed.
Therefore with this in mind, maybe some altogether confidence will do the Packers some good this Sunday, as they won't be focused on another issue.
And what can we expect from the Packers against the Bills?
The first key part of the Packer offense that we should see on display this weekend will come from the running game. Now that Ryan Grant is out injured for the remainder of the season, the emphasis is placed on backup Brandon Jackson's shoulders, as his time in the limelight has finally come after years of development.
In all reality, this isn't a huge loss for Packer fans to swallow. Sure they have lost their top running back for the season, but when you consider how promising Brandon Jackson has looked over the years, it's fair to say that the future is in good hands right now.
But more importantly, the Bills have a very poor defense to date. Last season Buffalo ranked 30th in rush defense overall, and seeing as though they don't have the linebacker presence to deliver big stops, the run game is favorable for the Packers.
Other than Brandon Jackson though, this is of course the type of game that we all expect Aaron Rodgers to excel in. If you thought the Bills lacked explosiveness at the linebacker position, don't even attempt to worry about the cornerbacks or safeties from the boys in blue and red.
First and foremost, Bills free safety Cary Harris is injured and will miss the game. Secondly, Bills starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin is only in his third season, and this lack of experience may be exposed when the likes of Greg Jennings and Donald Driver trot onto the field. Lastly, Jairus Byrd is starting but is just coming off a non-football injury that prevented him from starting against Miami.
I think you'll agree that on offense that the Packers are heavy favorites. They have weapons ready and loaded, and no amount of Ryan Grant criticism can stop the likes of Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings right now.
However, what about the Packer defense? Are they capable to withstand another week without their two veteran players?
Before we even begin to discuss this, I think Clay Matthews' two sacks last week tell the whole story. If the Packer offense is confident, then the Packer defense is oozing with surprises, as Charles Woodson had a near pick along with numerous other hair-raising moments that were enough to justify a hard fought win.
Aside from what occurred in Philadelphia last Sunday though, luckily for the Packers the Bills don't have too many weapons to throw at Dom Capers this week. Seeing as though C.J Spiller has had a rocky start, and Trent Edwards is always a guessing game, Buffalo's offense is likely to crumble under the lights of Lambeau Field, and with the No. 2 defense in 2009 opposite them, it may be lights out early for Chan Gailey's men.
For those fans that love predicting upsets, this game may be one you want to steer clear of. Green Bay is firmly set on postseason glory this season, and although they had some slip-ups last year against weaker opponents, Mike McCarthy will be prepared for this game.
I'm no betting man, heck I haven't even been to a casino in the past 10 years, but the odds of the Packers losing this affair are slim to nil.
Aaron Rodgers had 188 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions last week. As good as these stats seem, it is obvious that No. 12 isn't happy with two early picks at this point in the season.
This is a game for the Packers to exercise their ability and make some big plays happen. Green Bay have been ranked third in overall season power rankings so far, and if they dominate Buffalo, they may climb even higher.
Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
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