Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Seahawks built a 31-17 halftime lead on the Buffalo Bills thanks to four Russell Wilson touchdowns - three of them runs.
Had the Buffalo Bills actually figured out how to defend Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half, they might be in a much more competitive football game. As it is, the Bills somehow trail by only two scores - by a score of 31-17 - despite Wilson's four first-half touchdowns.
Three of those Wilson touchdowns were runs. The diminutive rookie quarterback has shredded Buffalo's defense with his legs, operating a read-option rushing attack that has sprung a lot of leaks en route to 72 rushing yards and three scores on just six carries for Wilson. Marshawn Lynch has benefitted from the attack, as well, running for 100 yards on just nine carries himself.
Seattle scored on its first five possessions of the game in building a 31-7 lead, but the Bills were able to save face a bit by scoring 10 straight points to close the gap as the first half expired.
C.J. Spiller scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to open the scoring for the Bills; he had 10 carries for 56 yards in the first half. Stevie Johnson also hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick; Johnson had four catches for 68 yards in the half, and Fitzpatrick is 12-of-19 for 134 yards and the score.
Buffalo's offense has been inconsistent, but shown flashes of competence; their defense has been consistent in how awful it is. Can the Bills right the ship on defense and keep plugging away at a two-score lead to pull out a come-from-behind win? Time will tell.