The Green Bay Packers didn’t play well against the Houston Texans but played much better against the New York Jets. Now, before the regular-season start, the Packers hope to finish strong in their preseason finale against the Buffalo Bills.
The preseason finale is here as the Packers head to Buffalo to take on the Bills. In other words, the Packers are getting closer to opening up their season against the New Orleans Saints.
However, before the Packers play the Saints, let’s keep an eye on these five things when they take on the Bills.
1. Jordan Love
The Packers got a little glimpse of what Love can do against the Texans. He made good throws, went through his progressions, and showed off his arm. Now, after missing last week’s game against the Jets due to a shoulder injury, Love is ready to take the field against the Bills and should see a majority of the reps. Matt LaFleur said he would love to see his young quarterback “let it rip” and Packers fans would love to see it too.
2. Offensive Line
In the Packers preseason opener, the offensive line had an awful performance against the Texans. The following week, they put together a solid performance. Now, heading into a matchup against a young and talented defensive line, the Packers would like to see another strong performance. This game against the Bills will also help determine who will get the final starting spot on the offensive line with David Bakhtiari possibly missing a few regular-season games. The battle is still between Royce Newman, Jon Runyan, and Ben Braden.
3. On The Bubble Players
At one point in the NFL, the preseason used to have four games. This was perfect for undrafted free agents or players on the bubble with making a roster because they have an extra game to show what they can do. That’s not the case anymore, it’s now three games and that’s it. Players like Patrick Taylor, Equanimeous St. Brown, Juwann Winfree, Malik Taylor, Yosh Nijman, Jack Heflin, Tipa Galeai, Kabion Ento, Christian Uphoff, and a few others need to have themselves a good game to stay with the Packers. If not for the Packers, they need to have a good enough game to get them on another roster.
This is tough to judge because none of the Packers’ starters on defense have played a preseason game. That trend will likely continue against the Bills. However, even though none of the starters have been playing, there have been a few cases on defense with the communication and players not being set in their formation. Players have been seen running around on defense before the ball gets snapped and it seems like some players have no clue what they are doing. Hopefully, that changes against the Bills and gives the chance to have faith in some of the backups.
5. JK Scott / Special Teams
This has been an issue for many, many seasons. You could make an argument that Scott could be one of those “on the bubble players” because his punting has still shown to be inconsistent. However, he’s also the holder for Mason Crosby, who’s 38-of-40 on field goals the last two seasons. Scott’s holding might be as important as his punting, but it still needs to improve. Then, the punt return coverage and kick return coverage hasn’t been good in the past two games. The main reason why a position, unit, or team might not be good in the preseason is that the starters aren’t playing. However, that doesn’t work with special teams. Special team starters are those backups, and they need to be better.