The Buffalo Bills closed out their 2021 preseason schedule on Saturday with a 19-0 shutout win over the Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park.
It was Josh Allen and the Bills offense getting the football first in this game, as the Buffalo quarterback took to the field for the first time this preseason. It was almost as perfect of an opening drive for the Bills as you can picture it.
Allen started the game with nine-straight completions for 59 yards, and getting to football down the field with quickness and precision. After an incompletion and taking a sack, Allen responded well on a 3rd-and-20 with a 31-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Gabriel Davis.
Allen ended up completing 10-of-11 pass attempts for 90 yards on his first drive.
The Packers' offense took to the field for their first drive with second-year quarterback Jordan Love under center, as he got the start in place of starter Aaron Rodgers.
The former first round pick out of Utah State led the Packers down the field on their first drive, going 3-of-4 for 46 yards. His only incompletion of that series was a 4th-and-goal opportunity from the Bills' one-yard line, as his pass attempt was defended nicely by cornerback Tre'Davious White to force a turnover on downs.
After a stellar opening drive for the Bills, Allen returned to the field for another series and to continue to fine-tune his game before the regular season. However, this series short-lived, as after a couple of first down pickups for receivers Davis and Cole Beasley, the Bills punted the ball after getting as far as their own 36-yard line.
Love and the Packers got the ball back and started to threaten the Buffalo defense once again. However, former Packers safety Micah Hyde came up clutch for the Bills in the end zone at the 9:42 mark of the second quarter, as he jumped in front of a Love pass and picked him off.
Buffalo turned the turnover by the Packers into six more points on the board, as Allen came out for the Buffalo offense again and led a long, 15 play-drive down the other way. The drive was capped off with a three-yard dart from Allen to running back Zack Moss in the back of the end zone.
On the extra point attempt, it appeared that placeholder Matt Haack could not get the ball in place for kicker Tyler Bass and the attempt failed.
That drive would be the final action for Allen of the afternoon, as the Bills starting quarterback ended his day going 20-of-26 for 194 yards and two touchdown passes.
The Packers had one more chance just before halftime to put some points on the board, and Love was able to lead his group down the field and back into scoring position. However, after getting as far as the Bills' five-yard line, the Packers still couldn't punch the football into the end zone.
With 28 seconds remaining in the half, Green Bay lined up for a 28-yard, chip shot field goal from longtime kicker Mason Crosby, but he pulled his attempt too far left. The Packers ended the first half with 197 yards of total offense against the Bills, but failed to put up any results on the scoreboard.
Jake Fromm entered the game late in the second quarter for the Bills at quarterback, but got his first true drive of the game in the third quarter.
During his first offensive drive of the third, Fromm led the Bills on a long, 16-play drive that got the Bills down the field 79 yards for six more points to extend the lead. This time, it was Fromm using his feet to scamper around and into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Fromm felt the pressure from the Packers' pass rush and was forced to throw a pass away intended for wide receiver Jake Kumerow. That kept the score at 19-0 in favor of Buffalo.
The Bills and Packers would exchange drives through the final 15-plus minutes of the final preseason contest, but neither team would be able to put up any more points on the scoreboard.
Buffalo wraps up its 2021 preseason with the team's eighth-straight victory in exhibition football dating back to the 2018 season.
- 7-0 BUFFALO: Bills touchdown (8:56) - Josh Allen fires a 31-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis. (Tyler Bass' extra point attempt is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:04
- 13-0 BUFFALO: Bills touchdown (2:19) - Josh Allen tosses a three-yard touchdown pass to Zack Moss. (Buffalo's extra point attempt was mishandled by Matt Haack)
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yards, 7:23
- 19-0 BUFFALO: Bills touchdown (3:28) - Jake Fromm scrambles for a 13-yard touchdown run. (Buffalo's two-point conversion attempt failed)
Drive info: 16 plays, 79 yards, 7:17
- NO SCORING
The Bills have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to cut down their roster from 81 to 53 players. The team opens the 2021 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET with John Murphy, Eric Wood and Sal Capaccio on the call on the official voice of the Bills - WGR Sports Radio 550.