The playoffs are almost upon us and the Seattle Seahawks will travel to our neighbors to the North, to play the 5-8 Buffalo Bills. There are many things riding this game, so losing is not an option. Playing on the road has been a test for Seattle this season, and this is no exception. Pete Carroll and his fired-up Seahawks cannot take this game lightly. It’s a trap game. It will be a testament to show the doubters that we can go far in January.
The Buffalo Bills main focus this weekend will be the run game. They average 141 yards per game and six times this season they have rushed more than 160 yards. The Bills will be without star running back Fred Jackson due to a grade 2 MCL sprain. Jackson has been shelved to injured reserve the remainder of this season. That leaves, C.J. Spiller to take the workload. Spiller ranks 7th among all running backs in total yards from scrimmage.
However, the Bills may not have any luck against Seattle’s stout run defense. Red Bryant and Bobby Wagner will have the middle stuffed, so any yards Spiller may get, he’ll have to fight for. The Seahawks defense doesn’t just take your lunch money; they steal it, eat lunch in front of you, and throw your ass into the garbage. The Seahawks only allow 105 yards rushing per game.
The Seahawks have a force to be reckoned with in running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch ranks 2nd in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson, and averages about 97 yards per game. Lynch scored three rushing touchdowns in last week’s thumping of the Arizona Cardinals.
Look for Lynch to repeat against a 28th ranked run defense in the Bills. They allow on average 134 yards a game.
To use Lynch effectively though, the Seahawks must use rookie sensation, Russell Wilson. Some have considered him the quarterback of the future, and with his on field smarts and dedication to the game, there is no doubt he will be. The Seahawks will have to use play action and options if they plan to have success with Lynch.
In the International Series with Buffalo, they are 1-3 in Toronto. The last time they played the Seahawks was in 2008 and they won 34-10. Seattle, however, leads the series with Buffalo 6-5.
Some notable things to mention:
Richard Sherman’s appeal has been delayed so he will be in the line up this weekend.
Sydney Rice was seen in a walking boot, and has not practiced. His status is questionable.
Walter Thurmond seems to keep having bad luck as he pulled his hamstring in last weeks win. His status is questionable as well.
Pete Carroll has decided to unveil the new wolf grey alternates. Makes you think if the Seahawks are, “Hungry like the wolf.”
Kickoff is slated for 1:05 PM (Pacific Time) on FOX, and on ESPN’s 710 AM radio station.