- The Seattle Seahawks are three-point favorites over the Bills for Sunday’s game, their first trip to Buffalo since 2008
- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson leads the NFL with 26 touchdown passes and a 120.8 passer rating
- The Bills have lost five consecutive games against the spread – read on to see who we like in this matchup
The Seattle Seahawks make their first trip to Western New York in a dozen years when they face the Buffalo Bills at 1pm ET Sunday, in a matchup of division leaders at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park.
Seattle last played in Buffalo in 2008 to open the season. When the teams met in 2012 – Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s rookie year – the game was played at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The Seahawks, a road favorite in this one, take a 6-1 record into the game and are 5-2 against the spread. The Bills are 6-2 overall but 3-5 ATS.
Seahawks vs Bills Odds
|Seattle Seahawks||-156||-3 (-108)||Over 54.5 (-114)|
|Buffalo Bills||+132||+3 (-112)||Under 54.5 (-106)|
Odds taken Nov. 7 from FanDuel
Letting Russ Cook
Earlier this week, Wilson applied for a trademark on the phrase “Let Russ Cook” and why not?
Russell Wilson filed a trademark for ‘Let Russ Cook’ in October for a variety of clothing items and cooking utensils
(h/t @JoshGerben) pic.twitter.com/yKlZl99hKe
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 6, 2020
Wilson has been cooking all season and had another big game last week in a 37-27 home victory over the San Francisco 49ers as a one-point favorite. He completed 27 of 37 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns without being intercepted.
Wilson’s 26 TD passes through seven games lead the league and are just nine off his career high of 35 in 2018. He also tops the NFL with a 120.8 passer rating while throwing for 2,151 yards.
Suspect Running Game
The Seahawks lead the NFL in scoring at 34.3 points a game. They have needed all the points Wilson and the offense are generating because Seattle is last in the league in total defense, allowing 460.9 yards a game.
The offense figures to rely heavily on Wilson as the Seahawks will be without their top two running backs for a second straight week – Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring).
Seahawks declare six players out for Sunday including Chris Carson. But Jamal Adams will play. pic.twitter.com/fxEYjuTQ3s
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 6, 2020
Rookie DeeJay Dallas will again see the bulk of the action and Travis Homer will serve as his backup. Dallas managed just 41 yards on 18 carries against the 49ers and had five receptions for 17 yards.
The Bills hope to take advantage of facing the Seahawks’ porous defense to get quarterback Josh Allen and their struggling offense back on track.
In starting the season 4-0, Buffalo averaged 30.8 points and 409.8 total yards a game. However, in going 2-2 in their last four games, the Bills’ averages have fallen to 18.8 and 257.8.
If the Bills want any chance at winning this week, they have let #FreeJoshAllen and let him do what he does. Let’s get back to the first couple weeks of the season and get this offense rolling again.
— Kyle Taylor (@twotay) November 6, 2020
Opposing defenses have increasingly been guarding against deep throws and daring the Bills to run. However, Buffalo is just 19th in the NFL in rushing with 108.6 yards a game.
However, a good sign for the Bills running game came last week when they beat the visiting New England Patriots 24-21, though they failed to cover as four-point choices.
The Bills has a season-high 190 yards rushing and scored all three touchdowns on the ground. Devin Singletary had 86 yards on 14 carries and rookie Zack Moss added 81 yards and two TDs in 14 attempts.
The Seahawks defense hopes to get a boost from veteran end Carlos Dunlap, who will be playing his first game since being acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals in a trade.
Thank You @bengals !
What Up 12!!? @seahawks
The Passion Continues….. #GoHawks ???? pic.twitter.com/Zm91cY27Ae
— Carlos Dunlap (@Carlos_Dunlap) October 29, 2020
Star safety Jamal Adams will also return. He missed the last four games with a groin injury and a non-COVID illness.
A While Back
The last time the teams met was in 2016 in Seattle and the Seahawks notched a 31-25 win as 5.5-point favorites.
Wilson was efficient as he completed 20 of 26 throws for 282 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, though he was sacked four times.
From 1989 to 2016, check out our Top 5️⃣ plays vs. the Bills! pic.twitter.com/2qZDY4zuln
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 6, 2020
Tyler Lockett is the only remaining Seahawks player who caught a pass in that game as he finished with one reception for 17 yards.
Seattle opened as a three-point favorite and the line has held steady throughout.
While it seems counterintuitive to pick against a division-leading home underdog, Russ has indeed been cooking for the Seahawks. And the Bills have been the losing side against the spread in five straight games.
The pick: Seahawks -3 (-108)