Green Bay, Wis. — This is more like it for the Green Bay Packers.
The offense built a big lead as quarterback Aaron Rodgers gutted through another game with a brace on his injured left knee. The defense had seven sacks and pitched a shutout for the first time in eight seasons.
They put together their most complete game of the year in a 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
“I’ll just definitely start off with the defense. I mean, the shutout is huge. It’s what you’re looking for,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
And just the edge that the Packers (2-1-1) needed with Rodgers not necessarily playing at his best. He was 22 of 40 for 298 yards with one touchdown. Green Bay had decisive edges in total offense (423-145) and first downs (22-11).
Rodgers also threw an interception off a deflected pass and fumbled the ball away on a sack early in the fourth quarter. The offense wasn’t as productive in the second half after a fast start.
Ever the perfectionist, Rodgers certainly wasn’t pleased, even if he seemed to be moving a little bitter this week.
“It was as bad as we’ve played on offense with that many yards in a long time,” Rodgers said.
The Bills (1-3) were much worse.
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen accounted for three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble late in the fourth quarter that stood on review. He was 16 of 33 for 151 yards.
The Bills had a much tougher time on the road in the NFC North, a week after a stunning win at heavily favored Minnesota.
“I take this one on my shoulders,” Allen said. “We can only go as far as the quarterback goes.”
Buffalo did manage to force Rodgers to throw his first interception of the year .
But a 16-0 lead at the half was more than enough cushion against Buffalo’s feeble offense. Even the return of running back LeSean McCoy, who missed a game because of a rib injury, didn’t help the Bills (1-3).
“We were out of rhythm on offense. We needed to find some consistency,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said.
Lions vs. Packers
Kickoff: 1 p.m. Sunday, Ford Field, Detroit
TV/radio: Fox/760 AM
Records: Lions 1-3, Packers 2-1-1
Line: Packers by 1.5