The Green Bay Packers (10-3) will travel to the Empire State to challenge the Buffalo Bills (7-6) on Dec. 14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Viewers can watch the Packers vs. Bills
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers will try to lead his team to a fifth consecutive win while boosting his MVP credentials at the same time. According to the Associated Press, the Packers could earn a playoff spot as early as Sunday with Rodgers leading the way.
"This is when it gets exciting. It's right in front of us," Rodgers said. "We have the opportunity to achieve the goals that we talk about every season, and the first and most important is winning your division and getting a home playoff game."
Rodgers added that the Packers "have the opportunity to do some great things," noting that the team has "to take care of business" first.
According to Greg Price of International Business Times, the Packers boast the NFL's highest-scoring offense, and Rodgers is second in the league with 35 touchdown passes and three interceptions. However, the Associated Press noted that while the Packers won over Atlanta 43-37 on Monday, Green Bay had a 24-point lead at halftime but gave up 20 points in the fourth quarter.
"We can't play one half or three quarters or anything like that," Packers linebacker Julius Peppers said. "We've got to finish games."
According to the Associated Press, the Packers are 7-0 at home but 3-3 on the road while getting outscored by 26 points. While earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC is important to the Packers, they haven't beaten Buffalo on the road, despite the fact that aside from Indianapolis and Nashville, every other franchise fell to them.
Price noted that the Bills could hinder Green Bay's progress with its stellar defensive strategy.
"Powered by the league's best pass rush, and a secondary that's third in the NFL with 17 interceptions, the Bills are more than capable of upending the 4.5 point road-favorite Packers and Rodgers," Price wrote.
Price mentioned that the Bills can still make it to the postseason. However, in addition to beating the Packers on Sunday's game, the Bills would have to beat the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots on the road in those upcoming matchups.
"The defensive front, led by Marcell Dareus and Mario Williams, leads the NFL with 48 sacks but faces a stiff test against a Packers offensive line that's allowed six total sacks during the winning streak," Price wrote.
Price added that the Bills can still have an effective defense. He cited the game where Buffalo forced Peyton Manning to throw two interceptions despite the fact the Denver Broncos successfully kept Manning from getting tackled.
Although the Associated Press noted that the Bills are all but done in the AFC East race, Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton indicated that his team will fight for one of the two wild-card spots.
"Our focus is just to win this week, to win against a very good team," Orton said. "Anytime you get out of that focus, you're just hurting yourself. I think we've done a good job all year of staying week to week."
Orton added that his team "can't waste any time or emotions on what's in the future."