The Buffalo Bills (6-2) host the Seattle Seahawks (6-1) in a big Week 9 showdown at Bills Stadium featuring two division-leading teams.
The Seahawks are paced by MVP frontrunner Russell Wilson, who is directing an offense that is scoring a league-leading 34.3 points per game while ranking third in total yards per game (414.4 yards/game) and passing yards per game (289).
Meanwhile, the Bills finally snapped their home losing streak vs. the New England Patriots in Week 8, holding on for a 24-21 win that firmly entrenched them in first place in the AFC East.
Despite this matchup pitting two division leaders and featuring the two teams with the fewest combined losses of any Week 9 game, the Bills and the Seahawks clash drew FOX’s No. 6 broadcasting team of Chris Myers (play-by-play), Brock Huard and Greg Jennings (analysts) and Jennifer Hale (sideline reporter).
Buffalo’s showdown with Seattle will be the FOX featured national broadcast among the early games only for fans living in the Bills’ and Seahawks’ primary markets. Other states that will see the game are: Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, along with portions of California and Wyoming,
The areas that can see the game are highlighted in blue (map courtesy of 506sports):
The early FOX audience is split between the Carolina Panthers traveling to face the Kansas City Chiefs (in red), the New York Giants at the Washington Football Team (blue), and the Chicago Bears at the Tennessee Titans (orange), while the late game pits the Las Vegas Raiders against the Los Angeles Chargers (in yellow).
Sunday’s matchup will be the 14th all-time between the Seahawks and the Bills.
Seattle leads the all-time series 8-5, including a 31-25 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7, 2016 on Monday Night Football. Tyrod Taylor completed 27 of 38 passes for 289 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and added 43 rushing yards and on TD on eight carries in the loss.
Robert Woods hauled in ten passes for 162 yards, and Taylor connected with Justin Hunter on a five-yard TD toss late in the first quarter for a 24-7 lead. But Jimmy Graham caught two second-quarter TD passes and Buffalo fell despite outgaining the Seahawks (425 yards to 278), including a 162 to 33 edge in rushing yards.
This is Seattle’s first trip to Western New York since Sept. 7, 2018, when these two teams combined for 32 possessions and 20 punts during Buffalo’s 34-10 season-opening win over the Seahawks on Sept. 7, 2008.
Brian Moorman averaged nearly 47 yards on his nine punts, pinning Seattle inside its own 20-yard line three times. Moorman also hit Ryan Denney on a 19-yard TD strike to convert a fake punt for a score, Roscoe Parrish returned a punt 63-yards for a TD, Marshawn Lynch rushed for a 21-yard TD, and Trent Edwards completed 19 of 30 passes for 215 yards with a TD in the win for the Bills.