Believe it or not, the Buffalo Bills – who haven’t made the playoffs this century – have a legitimate chance of making the postseason. The Bills (7-6) are just one game behind the Steelers (8-5) and Chargers (8-5) in the AFC Wild Card race.
That’s the good news.
The bad news? The Green Bay Packers (10-3) – winners of five straight and nine of 10 – are coming to town this Sunday. The Packers lead the NFL with an average of 32.5 points per game.
Translation? The Bills know what’s coming; now they just need to stop it.
“You just got to try to slow down the offense,” Bills rookie linebacker Preston Brown said on The MoJo Show. “They’ve only punted like 37 times all year, so it’s a tough task. We got to come in and just try to stop Aaron Rodgers and try to slow those guys down.”
Rodgers is having another MVP-caliber season with 3,652 passing yards, 35 touchdowns and just three interceptions, but running back Eddie Lacy has given balance to the offense.
Wait, did we say running back? We meant battering ram.
“He just runs really physical,” Brown said. “That’s the biggest thing. A lot of guys on film, they look nervous when you’re going to tackle them. They’re kind of easing up, and (you) just (try) to take (out their) legs. But he has those big legs. You can’t leg-tackle that guy. You got to hit up top and hold on and just try to wait for help.”
Lacy has rushed 188 times for 843 yards – 4.5 yards per carry – and seven touchdowns this season. He’s also caught 36 balls for 385 yards and four touchdowns.
Brown has never seen anything like it.
“I’m not sure I’ve played against anybody like that – not even at Louisville,” Brown said. “(There was) nobody that big who could run that hard and fast. He’s probably one of a kind that I played against.”
Then again, it’s possible that some running backs are saying that about Brown, who leads the Bills with 96 tackles. With a few more wrap-ups, he’ll join Kiko Alonso as the only Bills rookie to record 100+ tackles.
Brown credited the Bills’ coaching staff for his success.
“They really prepared me well – all the way back from rookie OTAs and minicamp,” Brown said. “They really helped me throughout the process of giving me the playbook, learning all three positions and giving me an opportunity to pay. It’s been a great experience so far. I’m having fun.”
He’d have even more fun if the Bills made the playoffs. And if they do, it’d be arguably the best story of the NFL season, especially since they would have faced Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in three of their last four games.
“When you look at the standings, we’re right there in it,” Brown said. “If we can get this game, we’ll really be right back in the thick of things. We’re all right now just focused on a one-game season, but we know if we were to make a run, we’d hopefully be in the chase.”