Packers vs Bills NFL Week 15 Inactives

Packers: QB Scott Tolzien, CB Davon House, LB Carl Bradford, C Garth Gerhart, TE Justin Perillo, WR Jeff Janis, DT Bruce Gaston.

Bills:
S Da’Norris Searcy, TE Chris Gragg, DE Jarius Wynn, FB Frank Summers, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, LB Randell Johnson, WR Deonte Thompson.

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Packers vs Bills

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills.

Packers vs Bills NFL Week 15 Game Capsule

GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-3) AT BUFFALO BILLS (7-6)

SERIES

PACKERS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 7-4
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. McCarthy: 1-1 Marrone: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 43-37 vs. Falcons L 24-17 at Broncos
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Bills 7 at Packers 34. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 255 yards & 2 TDs & adds rushing TD. Packers TE Jermichael Finley catches 4 passes for 103 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/5/06: Bills 24, Packers 10. Buffalo RB Anthony Thomas rushes 20 times for 95 yards & TD. Bills LB London Fletcher has 11 tackles & scores 17-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (GB), 127 (Buf.). XM: 229 (Buf.).

STATS

PASSING Rodgers: 276-416-3652 (3C)-35 (1C)-3-119.0 (1L) Orton: 225-348-2355-14-7-89.2
RUSHING Lacy: 188-843-4.5-7 (T3C) Jackson: 97-386-4.0-2
RECEIVING Nelson: 78-1265 (2C)-16.2-12 (T1L) Watkins (R): 58-822-14.2-5
OFFENSE 387.5 (3C) 327.2
TAKE/GIVE +16 (1L) +9 (3C)
DEFENSE 374.4 311.9 (2C)
SACKS Matthews: 5.5 Ma. Williams: 12
INTs Hayward: 3 Searcy, Gilmore: 3
PUNTING Masthay: 45.2 Schmidt: 43.7
KICKING Crosby: 115 (3C) (46/48 PAT; 23/26 FG) Carpenter: 109 (25/26 PAT; 28/32 FG)

NOTES

PACKERS: Have won 5 in row & 9 of past 10. Lead NFL in scoring (423 points)…QB AARON RODGERS won only start vs. Buf. & had 116.3 rating. Has won past 5 starts & has 127.1 rating (16 TDs, 0 INTs). Aims for 6th in row with 100+ rating. Leads NFL with 119 rating (35 TDs, 3 INTs). Made 100th start last week & his 27,520 yards, 222 TDs & 107.3 rating as starter are all best in NFL history in 1st 100 starts…RB EDDIE LACY has 100+ scrimmage yards in 6 consecutive games & has 773 yards (128.8 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush) in those 6…WR JORDY NELSON ties for NFL lead with 12 rec. TDs, incl. 2 last week. Has 12 TDs in past 14 vs. AFC (incl. SB), incl. 8 TDs in past 8. Nelson (12), Lacy (11) & WR RANDALL COBB (10) are 1st GB trio with 10+ TDs in season…LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 3 sacks in last meeting. Has 4 sacks & 3 FFs in past 6 vs. AFC. Had sack last week. LB JULIUS PEPPERS has sack in 2 of 3 meetings. Is only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks (123.5) & 10+ INTs (11). CB SAM SHIELDS has 6 INTs in past 14 vs. AFC…BILLS: In last start vs. GB (12/18/11 with KC), QB KYLE ORTON completed 23 of 31 (74.2 pct.) for 299 yards with 104.1 rating. Orton’s teams are 13-3 (.813) when he starts & posts 100+ rating…RB FRED JACKSON (5,507 rush; 2,516 rec.) had 72 scrimmage yards vs. Den. (35 rush, 37 rec.), joining HOFer THURMAN THOMAS as only Bills with 5,000+ career rush & 2,500+ rec. yards. Had career-high 10 rec. vs. Broncos…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) leads AFC rookies in rec. yards (822) & ranks 2nd in catches (58) with 5 TDs. Had 127 rec. yards vs. Den, his 4th career 100-yard game. In past 2 vs. NFC, has 16 rec. for 209 yards & 2 TDs…Bills lead NFL with 48 sacks & are only team with 3 players with 9+ sacks (DE MARIO WILLIAMS, DT MARCELL DAREUS & LB JERRY HUGHES). Williams has 6.5 sacks in past 5. Dareus leads NFL DTs with 10 sacks. Hughes (9.5) needs half sack to record back-to-back 10-sack seasons. In past 9, has 8.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. CB STEPHON GILMORE has career-high 3 INTs, incl. 1 vs. Den.

Packers at Bills Wednesday Injury Report

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Davon House (shoulder), LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Eddie Lacy (hip), G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Nick Perry (shoulder)
BUFFALO BILLS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Chris Gragg (knee), T Chris Hairston (illness), S Da’Norris Searcy (hamstring), DE Mario Williams (illness), WR Mike Williams (calf)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday K Dan Carpenter (right groin), DT Stefan Charles (quadricep), DE Jarius Wynn (knee)

Orton Sticking As Starting QB for the Bills

So long as it’s his call, Bills coach Doug Marrone is sticking with veteran journeyman quarterback Kyle Orton as his starter for the remainder of the season, the Associated Press reports.

What has suddenly become unclear is whether that decision rests solely with Marrone.

“If you’re asking me personally, my decision is that he’s going to play,” the second-year coach said, referring to Orton after practice Wednesday. “If you ask somebody else, they might tell you something different, I don’t know.”

The exchange was prompted after Marrone was asked if his approach to starting Orton over second-year quarterback EJ Manuel might change if the Bills (7-6) drop out of playoff contention after hosting the Green Bay Packers (10-3) on Sunday.

“No, not for me,” Marrone said, before adding, “unless it changes for somebody else.”

He didn’t specify who he was referring to. He then reiterated that it’s “my decision.”

Bills Slow Down Manning, Can’t Stop The Run Game In 24-17 Loss To Broncos

In the end Sunday, the one thing that the Bills had relied on all season came back to bite them.

Their run defense, which was great to this point in the year, failed them Sunday, as the Broncos went from a passing attack to a ground game, rushing for 3 touchdowns in a 24-17 win in Denver.

The loss puts the Bills at 7-6, and puts a serious dent in any hopes of making the postseason.

QB Kyle Orton was 38 of 57 for 355 yards. He led the Bills on two long TD drives in the fourth quarter after they’d fallen behind 21-3.

The problem was the Bills run D couldn’t stop C.J. Anderson, who ran over them for three touchdowns to help the Broncos build an 18-point lead.

Anderson had TD runs of 6, 1 and 3 yards. The latter score followed a 47-yard burst by fellow undrafted tailback Juwan Thompson, Denver’s longest run of the season.

Manning finished 14 of 20 for 173 yards with two interceptions. His top receiver, Demaryius Thomas, was held to two catches for 11 yards, and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) was active but didn’t play for the third straight week.

The Broncos QB also threw two interceptions deep in Buffalo territory and tight end Jacob Tamme fumbled at the Bills 10-yard line. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have come down to David Bruton Jr.’s recovery of an onside kick in the final minute.

The Bills turned it over twice, including Chris Harris’ Jr.’s goal line interception in the third quarter. That led to a 50-yard field goal by Connor Barth, who focused only on field goals.

Orton connected with Chris Hogan on a 14-yard score with 10:46 remaining to make it 24-10. Buffalo punted on fourth-and-2 from its 16 with 5 1-2 minutes remaining. The gamble paid off when Denver went three-and-out.

Orton drove the Bills 90 yards in 17 plays, converting two fourth downs before taking it in from the 1 with 55 seconds left.

With 127 yards receiving on seven catches, Sammy Watkins became the first Bills rookie with four 100-yard games in a season.

Bills at Broncos Thursday Injury Report

BUFFALO BILLS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Cordy Glenn (illness), TE Chris Gragg (knee), DT Kyle Williams (illness), DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
Thursday TE Chris Gragg (knee), DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday K Dan Carpenter (right groin), DT Marcell Dareus (hip), WR Chris Hogan (hamstring), S Bacarri Rambo (hamstring), WR Sammy Watkins (hip), WR Robert Woods (ankle)
Thursday K Dan Carpenter (right groin), DT Marcell Dareus (hip), WR Chris Hogan (hamstring), S Bacarri Rambo (hamstring), WR Sammy Watkins (hip), WR Mike Williams (calf), WR Robert Woods (ankle)
DENVER BRONCOS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Montee Ball (groin), S Quinton Carter (knee), RB Ronnie Hillman (foot), LB Lerentee McCray (illness), TE Jacob Tamme (ribs), CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder), WR Wes Welker (not injury related)
Thursday RB Montee Ball (groin), S Quinton Carter (knee), RB Ronnie Hillman (foot), TE Jacob Tamme (ribs), WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle), CB Kayvon Webster (shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Will Montgomery (knee), WR Demaryius Thomas (ankle), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)
Thursday T Terrance Knighton (elbow), WR Cody Latimer (concussion), LB Lerentee McCray (illness), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB C.J. Anderson (ankle), T Paul Cornick (shoulder), CB Aqib Talib (hamstring), RB Juwan Thompson (knee)
Thursday RB C.J. Anderson (ankle), T Paul Cornick (shoulder), C Will Montgomery (knee), CB Aqib Talib (hamstring), RB Juwan Thompson (knee), WR Wes Welker (not injury related)

Bills at Broncos NFL Week 14 Capsule

BUFFALO BILLS (7-5) AT DENVER BRONCOS (9-3)

SERIES

BILLS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER 19-15-1
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Marrone: 0-0 Fox: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 26-10 vs. Browns W 29-16 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 12/24/11: Broncos 14 at Bills 40. Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller rushes for 111 yards & TD. Bills defense records 3 INTs, including 37-yard INT-TD from S Jairus Byrd.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/08: Bills 30, Broncos 23. Buffalo RB Fred Jackson rushes for 43 yards & TD & adds 70 receiving yards. Bills WR Josh Reed catches 9 passes for 79 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (2:05 PM MT): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Den.). XM: 230 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Orton: 187-291-2000-13-5-92.0 Manning: 318-476-3737 (3L)-36 (1L)-9-107.8 (1C)
RUSHING Dixon: 86-357-4.2-1 Anderson: 98-536-5.5-1
RECEIVING Watkins (R): 51-695-13.6-5
  1. Thomas: 88 (2L)-1255 (2L)-14.3-10 (T3L)
OFFENSE 319.9 413.9 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +9 (3C) +4
DEFENSE 312.4 (2C) 302.3 (1C)
SACKS Ma. Williams: 12 (3C)
  1. Miller: 11.5
INTs Searcy: 3 Moore: 3
PUNTING Schmidt: 44.1 Colquitt: 43.6
KICKING Carpenter: 104 (23/24 PAT; 27/31 FG) Barth: 17 (2/2 PAT; 5/5 FG)

NOTES

BILLS: QB KYLE ORTON spent 3 seasons with Broncos, passing for 49 TDs & 8,434 yards, incl. career-high 3,802 in 2009. Won his only career start vs. Den. (1/1/12 with KC). Orton’s teams are 13-3 (.813) when he starts & posts 100+ rating…RB FRED JACKSON (5,472 rush; 2,479 rec.) needs 21 rec. yards to join HOFer THURMAN THOMAS as only Bills with 5,000+ career rush & 2,500+ rec. yards…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) leads AFC rookies in rec. yards (695) on 51 catches with 5 TDs. In past 2, WR ROBERT WOODS has 13 catches for 189 yards & TD, incl. team-high 71 yards vs. Cle…Bills lead league with 48 sacks & are only NFL team with 3 players with 9+ sacks each (DE MARIO WILLIAMS, DT MARCELL DAREUS & LB JERRY HUGHES). Williams has 6.5 sacks in past 4. Dareus leads NFL DTs with 10 sacks. Hughes (9.5) needs half sack to record back-to-back 10-sack seasons (10 in 2013). Scored 1st career NFL TD last week (18-yard FR-TD). S DA’ NORRIS SEARCY had career-high 2 INTs vs. Browns…BRONCOS: QB PEYTON MANNING leads NFL with 36 TD passes & is only player in history with 4 seasons with 35+ TDs. Has TD pass in 51 consecutive games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. Has 3,737 pass yards & needs 263 to extend NFL record for most 4,000-yard seasons to 14…In past 4, RB C.J. ANDERSON is averaging 164.5 scrimmage yards per game (658 total) with 3 total TDs (1 rush, 2 rec.). Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 100+ rec. yards in 7 of past 9. In past 9, has 1,114 yards & 9 TDs. Since 2010, leads AFC WRs with 40 TD catches. Has 10 TDs & joined TERRELL DAVIS (1996-98) as only players in club history with 3 consecutive 10-TD seasons. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 7 TDs in past 7. In past 4 vs. Buf., WR WES WELKER has 37 catches for 471 yards & 2 TDs.…Den. is 1 of 2 NFL teams (Buf) with 2 players with 9+ sacks each (LBs VON MILLER & DE MARCUS WARE)…Since entering NFL in 2011, Miller is 2nd in AFC with 46.5 sacks, incl. 1.5 last week vs. KC. Last week, Ware posted 1 sack & INT in same game for 1st time in career. LB BRANDON MARSHALL leads team with 98 tackles, incl. 6 tackles & sack vs. KC.