Sunday, November 8, 2020, Bills Stadium, Buffalo, N.Y., 1 p.m. ET
Seahawks at Bills Betting Preview: Seahawks (-2.5/-121), Bills (+2.5/+100)
The NFC West-leading Seahawks (6-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season, a 37-34 overtime defeat at Arizona, with a 37-27 victory at home against San Francisco last Sunday. The Seahawks led 27-7 through three quarters and limited the 49ers to 117 yards of total offense in that span.
Russell Wilson continues to lead the MVP conversation after throwing four more touchdown passes against San Fran. Wilson passed for 26 TDs through seven games, one shy of Tom Brady’s league record. DK Metcalf had a career day with 12 catches for 161 yards and two scores against the 49ers. He will draw an entertaining matchup this week against the Bills’ physical secondary.
Rookie DeeJay Dallas, playing because Seattle’s top three running backs were injured, rushed for 41 yards, caught five passes and scored twice. Dallas could again be pushed into a big role with Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde ailing.
Defensively, the Seahawks brought the pressure after failing to hit Arizona’s Kyler Murray once the previous week. Linebacker Bobby Wagner led the way with 11 tackles and two sacks. Seattle’s D could get a boost this week with the debuts of a pair of former Pro Bowl linemen in Carlos Dunlap and Damon “Snacks” Harrison and the return of All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, who has missed the past four games with a groin injury.
The AFC East-leading Bills (6-2) rediscovered their ground game in a 24-21 victory at home against New England last Sunday, rushing for a season-best 190 yards. Devin Singletary gained 86 yards and rookie Zack Moss added 81 yards and two touchdowns as 25-mph winds whipped through an empty stadium.
Buffalo beat the Patriots for the first time at home since 2011, forcing New England quarterback Cam Newton to fumble at the Bills’ 13-yard line with 31 seconds remaining.
Quarterback Josh Allen was outstanding during the Bills’ 4-0 start, during which he had 12 TD passes, three rushing scores and just one interception. But over the past four games, Allen has thrown as many interceptions as TD passes (four apiece) and has had a QB rating of 78.0 or less in three of those games. WR Stefon Diggs, acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota, ranks among league leaders with 48 catches for 603 yards and three touchdowns.
Buffalo’s defense ranked second in the NFL last season, allowing just 298 yards per game, but has fallen to 16th this year with 358 ypg. Opposing QBs have a 97.7 rating against the Bills this season, which is worse than the beleaguered Seahawks’ defense is allowing (93.1).
Seahawks at Bills Betting Pick for Week 9
The last time the Seahawks played in Buffalo, Marshawn Lynch scored the game’s first touchdown — for the Bills. That was in 2008, a 34-10 Buffalo victory.
The Seahawks could get lucky, as Sunday’s forecast in Buffalo is for sunny skies and unseasonable temperatures in the upper 60s.
Seahawks at Bills Betting Pick:
Seahawks 27, Bills 23
Seahawks at Bills Best Bet for Week 9
The Seahawks and Bills both tend to play close games, with five games for each team decided by eight points or less this season. The Seahawks will score and if their defense plays like it did for the first three quarters last week, the Bills will struggle to reach their average of 24.8 ppg.
Seahawks at Bills Best Bet: UNDER 55.0 points