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Pack defense dominates Bills in preseason win

Aug 23, 2009 - 4:52 AM By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis.(AP) -- The Green Bay Packers' defense was tough to watch last season. Two preseason games into the reign of new defensive coordinator Dom Capers, they're suddenly making opposing offenses look bad.

Green Bay's new-look defense forced turnovers on three of Buffalo's first four possessions, powering the Packers to a 31-21 preseason victory over the Bills on Saturday.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers' nine takeaways in two preseason games were "something special" but warned that there's more work to do.

"The reality is, there's things we need to correct," McCarthy said. "There's no reason to be striking up the band or anything like that."

Starter Trent Edwards was 7 of 11 for 45 yards and an interception for a Bills team trying to showcase its no-huddle look without wide receiver Terrell Owens, who is nursing a sprained toe and did not make the trip to Green Bay.

"Disappointing night," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "The good news is it's preseason, that's why you play them. We knew we have a long way to go, and this should show us we have a long way to go."

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit seven straight passes to begin the game, finishing 8 of 9 for 98 yards and two touchdowns. And, in case you're wondering, Rodgers apparently wasn't glued to the television for Brett Favre's debut with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night.

"I watched 'Hard Knocks,"' Rodgers said, referring to HBO's behind-the-scenes look at training camp. "Chad Ochocinco makes that a very interesting show."

Injuries to safety Nick Collins and backup quarterback Matt Flynn were the only potential bad news for the Packers. McCarthy said X-rays on Collins' ribs were negative but the extent of Flynn's shoulder injury wasn't clear Saturday night - a concern, given fellow backup Brian Brohm's inconsistency. Flynn said afterward that he didn't think the injury was a "big deal."

Buffalo running back Marshawn Lynch was held to six yards on six carries as the Bills had trouble moving the ball without Owens and were held scoreless until late in the third quarter. Bills backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a TD and an interception. He was 12 for 16 for 112 yards.

It was the second straight dominant defensive performance of the preseason for the Packers, who are making the transition to a 3-4 alignment under Capers. The defense had four interceptions in a 17-0 shutout of Cleveland last week.

"We're in the beginning stages and I want to make everybody aware of that - we're just beginning," linebacker Brady Poppinga said.

With Buffalo facing second-and-11 on its first possession, Collins tipped a pass intended for Lee Evans and it was intercepted by Poppinga, who returned it to the Bills' 29-yard line.

Buffalo's defense stuffed Packers running back Ryan Grant on fourth down. But the Packers sacked Edwards and forced a fumble that was recovered by A.J. Hawk, giving the ball to Green Bay at the Buffalo five-yard line. Rodgers immediately found Greg Jennings on a slant pattern for a touchdown.

After a stop by the defense, Rodgers found second-year tight end Jermichael Finley for gains of 18 and 21 yards, then hit Donald Driver with a 21-yard pass to set up a three-yard touchdown run by Grant to give Green Bay a 14-0 lead with 1:29 left in the first quarter.

Fred Jackson fumbled on the Bills' next possession, again giving the ball back to the Packers.

"Obviously we're frustrated with the way the first team did," Edwards said. "Those first couple of series we were in there, I thought that their defense was pretty impressive the whole night. They were disguising a lot of their coverages, they were bringing a lot of pressure and for a preseason game, we weren't expecting too much of that."

NOTES: Buffalo finally scored with just over a minute left in the third quarter when Fitzpatrick threw a 9-yard touchdown to Jonathan Stupar. Xavier Omon and Bruce Hall also ran for touchdowns. ... Packers rookie tight end Devin Frischknecht was taken off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital after sustaining what appeared to be a serious shin injury in the third quarter.






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  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NFL
    BUFFALO 21
    GREEN BAY 31 FINAL

    Bills 21, Packers 31  FinalAug 22 11:49 PM


  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0 7 14 21
    GREEN BAY 14 10 0 7 31 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - TD, GREG JENNINGS 5 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 7:29. Drive: 1
    play, 5 yards in -. GREEN BAY 7-0
    GNB - TD, RYAN GRANT 3 YD RUN (MASON CROSBY
    KICK), 13:31. Drive: 6 pl

    Bills 7, Packers 24  FinalAug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD BUF
    BRUCE HALL 1 YD RUN
    (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
    BUFFALO 21
    GREEN BAY 31 1:33 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bills 21, Packers 31  4th - 1:33Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD GNB
    TYRELL SUTTON 3 YD RUN
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    BUFFALO 14
    GREEN BAY 31 2:51 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bills 14, Packers 31  4th - 2:51Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD BUF
    XAVIER OMON 1 YD RUN
    (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
    BUFFALO 14
    GREEN BAY 24 8:09 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Bills 14, Packers 24  4th - 8:09Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD BUF
    JONATHAN STUPAR 9 YD PASS FROM RYAN FITZPATRICK
    (RIAN LINDELL KICK)
    BUFFALO 7
    GREEN BAY 24 1:09 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Bills 7, Packers 24  3rd - 1:09Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    FG GNB
    MASON CROSBY 36 YD
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 24 0:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bills 0, Packers 24  2nd - 0:09Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD GNB
    DONALD DRIVER 5 YD PASS FROM AARON RODGERS
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 21 10:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bills 0, Packers 21  2nd - 10:47Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD GNB
    RYAN GRANT 3 YD RUN
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 14 1:29 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bills 0, Packers 14  1st - 1:29Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD GNB
    GREG JENNINGS 5 YD PASS FROM AARON RODGERS
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 7 7:31 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bills 0, Packers 7  1st - 7:31Aug 22 11:09 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0 0
    GREEN BAY 14 10 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - TD, GREG JENNINGS 5 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 7:29. Drive: 1
    play, 5 yards in -. GREEN BAY 7-0
    GNB - TD, RYAN GRANT 3 YD RUN (MASON CROSBY
    KICK), 13:31. Drive: 6

    Bills 0, Packers 14  HalfAug 22 10:10 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0
    GREEN BAY 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - TD, GREG JENNINGS 5 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 7:29. Drive: 1
    play, 5 yards in -. GREEN BAY 7-0
    GNB - TD, RYAN GRANT 3 YD RUN (MASON CROSBY
    KICK), 13:31. Driv

    Bills 0, Packers 0  End of 1stAug 22 10:10 PM


  • NFL
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 24 14:52 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    GNB BALL ON GNB 37 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Bills 0, Packers 24  3rd - 14:52Aug 22 9:43 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0 0
    GREEN BAY 14 10 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - TD, GREG JENNINGS 5 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 7:29. Drive: 1
    play, 5 yards in 0:02. GREEN BAY 7-0
    GNB - TD, RYAN GRANT 3 YD RUN (MASON CROSBY
    KICK), 13:31. Drive

    Bills 0, Packers 14  HalfAug 22 9:43 PM


  • NFL
    FG GNB
    MASON CROSBY 36 YD
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 24 0:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bills 0, Packers 24  2nd - 0:09Aug 22 9:26 PM


  • NFL
    TD GNB
    DONALD DRIVER 5 YD PASS FROM AARON RODGERS
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 21 10:47 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Bills 0, Packers 21  2nd - 10:47Aug 22 8:53 PM


  • NFL
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 14 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    BUF BALL ON BUF 43 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Bills 0, Packers 14  2nd - 15:00Aug 22 8:44 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0
    GREEN BAY 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: GNB - TD, GREG JENNINGS 5 YD PASS FROM AARON
    RODGERS (MASON CROSBY KICK), 7:29. Drive: 1
    play, 5 yards in 0:02. GREEN BAY 7-0
    GNB - TD, RYAN GRANT 3 YD RUN (MASON CROSBY
    KICK), 13:31. D

    Bills 0, Packers 0  End of 1stAug 22 8:44 PM


  • NFL
    TD GNB
    RYAN GRANT 3 YD RUN
    (MASON CROSBY KICK)
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 14 1:29 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Bills 0, Packers 14  1st - 1:29Aug 22 8:36 PM


  • NFL
    BUFFALO 0
    GREEN BAY 7 7:31 LEFT, 1ST QTR
    GNB BALL ON BUF 5 YD LINE
    1ST AND 5

    Bills 0, Packers 7  1st - 7:31Aug 22 8:20 PM