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Bills Likely To See Heavy Doses Of McGahee In Baltimore

In their Week 6 victory over New England, the Baltimore Ravens made a rather curious decision to keep running back Willis McGahee on the sidelines. McGahee, who did not get a single snap of playing time, gave way to starter Ray Rice, who got 36 touches in defeat.

Many NFL experts believed that the Ravens held McGahee out of the game in order to preserve his health, with the idea of swinging a trade at the NFL trade deadline this past Tuesday. Clearly, as that didn't happen, McGahee will remain in Baltimore for the foreseeable future - and according to his head coach, John Harbaugh, he'll get an expanded role in the coming weeks.

It was likely to occur anyway. On the season, Buffalo Bills opponents have rushed the ball an average of 38 rushing attempts per game, due largely to the fact that they have had commanding leads, as well as the fact that Buffalo's run defense is ranked dead last in the NFL, surrendering 182.4 yards on the ground per game. That average is 25 yards more than the second-worst run defense in the NFL, belonging to the Oakland Raiders.

Since getting traded to the Ravens in 2007, McGahee has faced his old team once. In that game, which took place three years ago today, on October 21, 2007, McGahee ran the ball 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens lost to Trent Edwards and the Bills, 19-14.