- The Green Bay Packers are hurting at wide receiver and along the offensive line as they face the Buffalo Bills in the NFL Week 8 SNF game
- Right tackle Spencer Brown is out for Buffalo
- Below, see the Green Bay Packers vs Buffalo Bills injury reports and inactives for Sunday Night Football
Facing the Buffalo Bills on the road in the NFL Week 8 SNF game, the NFL odds haven’t been this bad for the Green Bay Packers in a long time. They’ve never been this bad for quarterback Aaron Rodgers since he joined the Packers.
Rodgers will be facing the Bills as 10.5-point road underdogs. It’s the first time since he took over as QB1 for Green Bay that the team has been slotted in as a double-digit ‘dog. Green Bay has lost three in a row with Rodgers under center for the first time since 2018.
The Packers are looking to avoid their first four-game losing streak with Rodgers at the helm since 2016. And they’ll be trying to do so in one of the most hostile environments for a visiting team in the NFL. As well, the Packers vs Bills picks are showing that Green Bay will be seeking to overcome Buffalo while dealing with several significant injuries.
WR Allen Lazard (shoulder) is out. The left side of the offensive line – LT David Bakhtiari and LG Elgton Jenkins – are questionable. Likewise, SLB Rashan Gary, who leads the team with six sacks, is also listing with an injury designation as questionable.
The only starter who’s out for the Bills is right tackle Spencer Brown.
Green Bay Packers Injury Report
Certainly, Green Bay’s injury list is adding to the club’s point spread deficit against Buffalo. Receiver has been a hot button issue with the Packers all season long. Lazard has caught at least four passes in each of Green Bay’s last five games. He’s been on the receiving end of a touchdown pass in three of those games.
Meanwhile, backup WR Christian Watson (hamstring) is listing as questionable. The rookie has caught seven passes and run for one TD in a backup role. Veteran WR Randall Cobb (ankle) is on IR.
Allen Lazard has caught 26 passes so far this season.
21 of them have gone for either a first down or touchdown.
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— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 27, 2022
Bakhtiari (knee) and Jenkins (knee) are staging an ongoing battle with the injury bug this season. Bakhtiari was inactive the first two games of the season and missing for last week’s loss to Washington. Jenkins was out for the season opener, but has started the past six games.
Gary (concussion) was limited to a season-low 61% of defensive snaps against the Commanders. He failed to make a solo tackle for the first game of 2022. Backup DB Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle), a key special teams performer, is out.
Buffalo Bills Injury Report
Not so long ago, the Bills were rife with injuries. However, Buffalo is going into this game against the reeling Packers virtually healthy, which is quite an achievement this far into the NFL season.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) October 28, 2022
Brown (ankle) did not practice at all this week. He was officially ruled out on Friday. WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) and LCB Tre’Davious White (knee) are on IR. White is trending toward playing but isn’t ready to go this week.
How Could Injuries Affect Packers vs Bills Lines?
With Lazard out and Watson limited at best, rookie WR Romeo Doubs and veteran Sammy Watkins could be in line for more targets. Keep that in mind when speculating in the Packers vs Bills NFL player props market. But bettors are split so far, putting just 51% of the ATS handle on Buffalo in the Packers vs Bills betting splits.
If either Bakhtiari or Jenkins can’t go, it’s likely that Royce Newman (six starts this season) and Zach Tom (one start) would step up into OL roles. The Packers are adding S Innis Gaines and OLB Kobe Jones to the active roster. That could speak to Gary’s status, but the fact they also didn’t opt to activate a WR might indicate that they’re confident Watson will be good to play.
WR Jake Kumerow (ankle) has no injury designation and is set to play in his first game since Week 3 against his former team.
— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) October 28, 2022
Brown was missing in Week 6 against Kansas City and was wearing a walking boot as recently as last week. Veteran tackle David Quessenberry is getting the start in his place. The Bills will be welcoming back WR Jake Kumerow (ankle). The former Packer has been out since Week 3.