Packer Plus - - NEWS - Ge­naro C. Ar­mas AP sports writer

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Green Bay — 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 (21-1) 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 bet­ter 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.

Go­ing to Gra­ham: Rodgers and Jimmy Gra­ham con­nected on their first touch­down pass of the year. Signed in the off­sea­son as a free agent, the ath­letic tight end made his first of­fi­cial Lam­beau Leap af­ter a touch­down ear­lier this sea­son was wiped out by a flag.

“Usu­ally they come in bunches, so hope­fully this is the be­gin­ning,” said Gra­ham, who fin­ished with 21 yards on three catches. An­other Aaron: Aaron Jones added 65 yards and a score on 11 car­ries for the Pack­ers, who slowed in the sec­ond half af­ter a fast start on of­fense. A slasher with big-play abil­ity, Jones could even­tu­ally emerge as the top ball­car­rier in the Pack­ers’ crowded back­field.

Packer points: Green Bay posted its first shutout since a 9-0 win over the Jets

in 2010. … Ma­son Crosby kicked two 52yard field goals, bounc­ing back af­ter an ex­tra-point at­tempt in the first quar­ter hit the right up­right. … S Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix picked up his third in­ter­cep­tion of the year.

Bad Bills: A phys­i­cal de­fense for Green Bay held the Bills to eight punts and three turnovers on their first 11 drives. Allen was sacked seven times, three by Kyler Fack­rell.

“We’ve got to make sure we es­tab­lish the line of scrim­mage and that sets up the run­ning game, that sets up the pass game,” McDer­mott said. “But you’ve got to make sure you’re win­ning your one-onone, what­ever that is.”

McCoy fin­ished with 24 yards on five car­ries, and 13 yards on three re­cep­tions. He walked out of the locker room af­ter the game with what ap­peared his left hand heav­ily wrapped.

Hey Clay: Things went so well for the D that line­backer Clay Matthews was cred­ited for a half-sack af­ter draw­ing rough­ing-the-passer penal­ties in each of the first three weeks. He fin­ished with five tack­les and a hurry on the 6-foot-5 Allen.

“Allen is a big kid, so I don’t think any of his sacks were those weight or pres­sure on them that you’ve seen weeks prior,” Matthews said. “But hope­fully they call it like that mov­ing for­ward be­cause I didn’t see any to­day, which is great.”

In­jury re­port: Pack­ers: WR Geron­imo Al­li­son left in the third quar­ter to be eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion. Bills: WR Kelvin Ben­jamin had one catch for 34 yards be­fore leav­ing in the third quar­ter to be eval­u­ated for a head in­jury. Ben­jamin ab­sorbed a hard hit from Clin­ton-Dix on a play that also led to the safety’s in­ter­cep­tion. … S Micah Hyde had a dis­ap­point­ing re­turn to Lam­beau af­ter leav­ing in the first quar­ter with a groin in­jury. Hyde left the Pack­ers as a free agent af­ter the 2016 sea­son.


Pack­ers cor­ner­back Jaire Alexan­der (23) cel­e­brates his in­ter­cep­tion against the Bills. The rookie had one of the Pack­ers’ two in­ter­cep­tions Sun­day.

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