The 4-4 Buffalo Bills travel to Seattle to take on the 4-2-1 Seahawks in this week’s Monday night matchup with both teams coming off losses. Buffalo lost its second game in a row last week with a 41-25 defeat to the New England Patriots. Defense has been the issue for the Bill the last 2 weeks as they have given up 69 points. Seattle’s offense struggled again last week in their 25-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Seattle has scored only 1 offensive touchdown in the last 9 quarters and ranks 29th in the league with 18.7 points per game.
Offensively, Buffalo did a good job last week with the running game as they rushed for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 26 carries. Mike Gillislee led the team with 85 yards on 12 carries. Tyrod Taylor struggled throwing the ball completing just 19 of his 38 passes for 183 yards and 0 touchdowns. His favorite target was Walter Powell who had 3 catches for 59 yards. They will continue to be without wide receiver Sammy Watkins who is on injured reserve with a foot injury. Over their last 4 games the Bills have averaged 31 points per game. Defensively, they couldn’t stop Tom Brady who threw for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns. They didn’t force any fumbles but did have 5 sacks for a loss f 30 yards. They did a good job against the rush as New England only gained 72 yards on 23 carries. They also had 10.5 tackles for losses.
Russell Wilson’s struggles continued as he has now gone 3 games without throwing a touchdown. He completed 22 of his 34 passes for 253 yards and an interception. His favorite target was C.J. Proise who had 4 receptions for 80 yards. Jermaine Kearse was second with 57 yards on 4 catches. Christine Michael led the running game with 40 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, they allowed the Saints to gain 388 yards and forced 1 fumble. They did not intercept Drew Brees but sacked him twice for a loss of 13 yards. They did a good job against the run as New Orleans gained 123 yards on 35 carries. Overall, the Seahawks defense ranks second in points allowed per game with 15.4 and third in yards allowed at 319.4.
Buffalo is 4-4 against the spread this season including 3-2 as the underdog. Seattle is 3-4 against the spread this season including 2-4 as the favorite. The Seahawks are favored by a touchdown in this game and have home field advantage and have not lost at home yet this season. Lesean Mccoy could return this week after being out since October 23rd when he suffered a hamstring injury. McCoy is tied for fifth in the league with 7 rushing touchdowns despite his injury. The Bills could also have Percy Harvin who came out of retirement and coach Rex Ryan has not ruled him out for this week.
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