Pregame warmup: Rare trip to Buffalo for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 14, 2014 – 10:50 am

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Packers are visiting Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo for the first time since 2006 today.

Only three Packers players were on the roster the last time Green Bay traveled here. They are QB Aaron Rodgers, LB A.J. Hawk and DB Jarrett Bush.

While the Packers (10-3) seek their 11th win of the season, to stay in first place in the NFC North and tied with Arizona for the best record in the NFC, the Bills (7-6) are on the fringe of the AFC playoff race following a tough, seven-point loss to Denver last week.

The Bills are in this position largely due to their three victories over NFC North teams this season, and they’ll be looking to sweep the division today. For more on how the Bills have beaten the Packers’ division brethren, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

Playoff possibilities: Two teams in the NFC can clinch a playoff spot today. The Cardinals are virtually assured of locking up a playoff berth, as long as tonight’s Dallas-Philadelphia game does not end in a tie.

The Packers can also clinch a playoff berth with a win and an Eagles win over the Cowboys, as long as Green Bay also clinches the strength-of-victory tiebreaker over Dallas. For more on Green Bay’s playoff scenario, click here.

Injury update: The Packers are without CB Davon House today due to a shoulder injury. House was undergoing tests throughout the week on his shoulder, which he hurt in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game vs. the Falcons.

Weather update: Temperatures this afternoon are expected to be in the high 30s. It will be cloudy with winds between 10-14 mph. There is little to no chance of any rain or snow.

Homecoming: Niagara Falls native and University at Buffalo alum James Starks gets to play in front of his “home” crowd for the first time in his career. Starks is coming off his best game of the season this past Monday, when he topped 100 yards from scrimmage and broke a 41-yard run in the final minutes to seal Green Bay’s 43-37 win over Atlanta.

Starks spoke this week about returning home for the first time as a pro. You can see his locker room interview right here.

TV map: Here’s a look at the FOX broadcast map for the early games today:

Map courtesy of 506sports.com

 


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