Off to the land of ice and snow
Matchup: Seattle vs. Buffalo
Venue: Rogers Centre
Time: 1:05 (local)
Weather: Roof Closed 22C. Roof open high 6C, low 5C Showers
Team Records: Seattle 8-5. Buffalo 5-8
Standings: Seahawks 2nd NFC West. Bills 3rd AFC East
This is a road game for the Seahawks, but technically it is a road game for the Bills as well, even though the close proximity between Buffalo and Toronto will mean a lot of Bills fans will be there.
So at least this is the last away game of the years for the Hawks, and the supposed last great hurdle before facing the 49ers and Rams to finish off the year.
The 9ers play away at New England, and we saw what they did to Houston last week, so this really is a must win for Seattle if they plan on making that final push for the divisional title this year.
Game notes/How they match up
As mentioned above, this is an away game for the Seahawks, so anything goes.
After last weeks blowout against Arizona, the team looks like it is gelling at the right moment of the season, but Arizona is a terrible team so that theory may still be untested.
Buffalo comes in after a close loss to St. Louis last week, a win that put the Rams into the Wild Card talk, even if that is all it is, talk.
Both teams of course will want to win this game, but honestly, besides their pride, the Bills have nothing left to fight for this yeas, as opposed to the Hawks who have basically everything.
What to watch: Seattle
First off, will we see any of the magic from last Sunday, or did we use it all up?
Secondly, can the Seahawks make it two a row on the road?
Everybody will need to be on point in this one, it is a strange atmosphere up in Canada, and it is an away game on the east coast, which besides the Carolina game, we tend to do awful in.
Last weeks monster performance by Marshawn Lynch could be repeated, at least yardage wise. If he could get into the end zone even once this week I will be happy. (Especially since I have him in two of my fantasy leagues).
What to watch: Buffalo
The Bills have just said goodbye to RB Fred Taylor for the year, placing him on the IR.
This is a big blow for the team’s running game, though they still have C.J. Spiller and Tashard Choice in the back field.
Playing in the AFC East is a lot like being the Toronto Blue Jays in baseball. No matter how well you think your team is, you will most likely never catch the giant at the top of the division (New England).
Even with a great young group of players on offense, the Bills have a tough time every year gaining ground in the NFL.
This season is no different.
Nor is this week. After already losing to San Francisco and St. Lois, this weeks game against another NFC West foe is not going to be any easier for them.
Not quite miracle talk, but it will take a major lapse on the Seahawks part for Buffalo to come away the victors.
Seattle O vs. Buffalo D
The most feared name on the Buffalo D is Mario Williams, second to that is his backup Shawne Merriman.
The Hawks will have to avoid that section of the field on running plays, as well as have excellent pass protection from the quick Williams.
Sidney Rice, who did not practice mid week, was listed as probable on Friday after going through the full practice with the team that day.
Buffalo O vs. Seattle D
If I were Ryan Fitzpatrick and C.J. Spiller, I would be very afraid coming out of the tunnel before the game on Sunday.
You know they have been watching the game tape from the beat down all week, and the horror must be etched into their heads by now.
Stevie Johnson is always a threat, but the defensive backs of the Seahawks are no match for the Bills, or at least shouldn’t be.
Brandon Browner is out of action again this week (suspension), so the Hawks will be a man short in the D backfield.
Out: Fred Jackson, Eric Wood. Questionable: Mark Anderson, Nick Barnett, Jairus Byrd, Marcell Dareus, Spencer Johnson, Donald Jones, Andy Levitre, Leodis McKelvin, Justin Rogers. Probable: Ron Brooks, Scott Chandler, Da’Norris Searcy, Lee Smith, C.J. Spiller, Kraig Urbik, Chris White, Aaron Williams, Kyle Williams, Mario Williams.
The Hawks are favored by 5.5 this week, that is a huge number for a road Seattle game. This may be right, but I’m going a little higher than that margin.