The Buffalo Bills (6-2) and Seattle Seahawks (6-1) square off at 1 p.m. EST Sunday in a big Week 9 showdown at Bills Stadium featuring two division-leading teams that should put on an offensive show.
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). The only time Seattle lost this year, Wilson tossed three interceptions and the Arizona Cardinals rallied from deficits of 13- and 10 points to knock off the Seahawks 37-34 in overtime in Week 7.
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. After a fast start that saw Josh Allen direct the Bills’ offense to 30.75 points per game during their first four wins, the offense has come back to Earth over the last four weeks, averaging only 18.75 points per game.
Opportunities will be there for Allen, wide receivers Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley, and running backs Devin Singletary and Zack Moss to take advantage of a Seattle defense that is allowing a league-worst 358.7 passing yards per game and ranks 24th in scoring defense (28.4 ppg.)
Buffalo vs. Seattle is the Week 9 matchup featuring the two teams with the fewest combined losses of any game this week (three).
Sunday’s clash 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, 2008, when these two teams combined for 32 possessions and 20 punts during Buffalo’s 34-10 season-opening win over the Seahawks. 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.
Seattle is currently listed as a three-point favorite. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Channel: The game will be carried locally on FOX on WUTV 29 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WUHF 31 in Rochester, WFXV 33 in Syracuse and Utica, WSYT 68 in Binghamton, Elmira, Syracuse and Utica. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Chris Myers (play-by-play), Brock Huard and Greg Jennings (analysts) and Jennifer Hale (sideline reporter).
Location: Bills Stadium | Orchard Park, N.Y.
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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