Buffalo Bills vs Seattle Seahawks
Following a pair of six-point losses to open the season, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan opined that playing a difficult opponent might be just what his team needs to get back on a winning track. That mindset will be in play Monday night for Buffalo (Enter Contest), which pays a visit to perhaps the league’s toughest venue, when it visits the Seattle Seahawks.
The Bills have dropped two in a row to AFC East rivals Miami and New England. The division title looks to be out of reach with the Patriots having another solid season at hand. A third straight defeat could seriously jeopardize Buffalo’s wild-card hopes. Seattle also needs to get back in the win column after coming up empty in back-to-back road games. They fell in New Orleans last weekend and had a tie in Arizona one week prior. The Seahawks are a different animal at CenturyLink Field with a 3-0 record this season, although two of the wins have come by two points.
ABOUT THE BILLS (4-4)
The No. 1 topic for Buffalo is the health of star running back LeSean McCoy, who sat out last week’s game after being limited to 11 yards against the Dolphins in Week 7. McCoy, who rumbled for 470 yards and five touchdowns in Weeks 3-6, was limited at Thursday’s practice but expressed optimism that he would be available Monday night. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor would benefit most from the return of McCoy, with the Bills’ passing game ranking 31st at 179.4 yards per game. Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who played parts of two seasons with Seattle, was signed by Buffalo this week. Lorenzo Alexander, the league sack leader and AFC Defensive Player of the Month, is battling a hamstring injury and is questionable for Monday’s game.
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (4-2-1)
Despite guiding Seattle to 10 points in the final five minutes of a come-from-behind win over Atlanta in Week 6, quarterback Russell Wilson has struggled over the past three games. Wilson, who battled knee and ankle injuries, has zero touchdown passes and one interception in the last three and has rushed for only 16 yards in 10 carries in that span. The 3-time pro-bowler has 20 scoring passes versus two interceptions in his last seven games against AFC opponents. Rookie running back C.J. Prosise appears ready to assume a bigger role in the offense behind Christine Michael after accumulating 103 yards scrimmage last week. Seattle allows 89.7 yards on the ground, but defensive end Michael Bennett is out and safety Kam Chancellor is as well.