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Preview: Seahawks at Bills

The Seattle Seahawks have the upper hand on one of the two NFC wild-card spots and still have a shot at a division title as they prepare to visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Seahawks have won four of five, but the one knock on their resume is an inability to win the road. Seattle will be facing a decidedly less imposing home-field disadvantage with the game to be played in Toronto. It will mark the fifth consecutive season playing across the border for the Bills, who are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season - the longest drought in the league. The game also marks a homecoming of sorts for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who spent three-plus seasons with the Bills before he was shipped to Seattle early in the 2010 season.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Seahawks -5.5, O/U 43

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (8-5): Seattle continued its push for a postseason berth with a record-setting performance in last week's 58-0 mauling of Arizona. It was the highest-scoring total in franchise history and kept the Seahawks in control of its playoff destiny. Lynch churned out 128 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries, giving him a career-high 1,266 yards - second only to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. It was the seventh 100-yard effort of the season for Lynch, who rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in Buffalo. Rookie Russell Wilson had a quiet game in the rout of Arizona but became the first rookie to win his first six home starts since the 1970 merger. Wilson has thrown for 10 touchdowns vs. one interception in the past five games.

ABOUT THE BILLS (5-8): Buffalo has dropped five of seven, including a last-minute loss to St. Louis a week ago, to inch closer to playoff extinction. The Bills' defense was a sieve in the early portion of the season, ranking 31st in the league at the midway point. Buoyed by the rejuvenated Mario Williams, they have tightened things up considerably during the past five games, yielding an average of 272.8 yards. Only Pittsburgh has allowed fewer yards during that span. The same can't be said for the offense, which has been limited to 19 points or fewer in six of the last nine following a hot start to the season. Running back Fred Jackson was put on season-ending injured reserve this week, opening the door for electrifying C.J. Spiller to finally receive an increased workload.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Buffalo has won only one of four games in Toronto, blanking the Washington Redskins 23-0 last season.

2. Lynch has 21 rushing touchdowns in the last 28 games for Seattle, which is 2-5 on the road.

3. Williams, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, has seven sacks in his last six games to give him 10.5 on the season.

PREDICTION: Seahawks 24, Bills 23

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Last Injuries

Buffalo Bills

  • Ed Oliver

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Oliver is hampered by a knee injury, and it is up in the air if he will take the field Sunday against the Rams.

  • Matt Milano

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Milano was absent from the last contest with a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday's matchup versus the Rams is hazy.

  • Zack Moss

    Toe
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Moss is tending to a toe injury, and it has yet to be established if he will suit up against the Rams on Sunday.

  • Taron Johnson

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Johnson is bothered by a groin injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Rams.

  • Dawson Knox

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Knox left the last game with a concussion and is going through the league's protocol. It is up in the air if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's contest versus the Rams.

  • Jerry Hughes

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hughes has an unspecified ailment, and it is unclear if he will line up against the Rams on Sunday.

  • Tremaine Edmunds

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Edmunds missed the previous game with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will play Sunday against the Rams.

  • Cole Beasley

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Beasley is dealing with injuries to his hip and thumb, but it is expected that he will partake in Sunday's battle with the Rams.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Jarran Reed

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Reed is dealing with a back injury, and it is unknown if he will line up Sunday versus the Cowboys.

  • Neiko Thorpe

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thorpe is hampered by a hip injury, and there is no indication if he will compete in Sunday's tilt with the Cowboys.

  • Cedric Ogbuehi

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogbuehi has missed the last two games with a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Cowboys on Sunday.

  • Bruce Irvin

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Irvin has been sent to the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • Rasheem Green

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Green departed the previous game with a neck injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up Sunday against the Cowboys.

  • Benson Mayowa

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Mayowa is nursing a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part in Sunday's contest against the Cowboys.

  • Kyle Fuller

    Suspension
    Elig Sun | out

    Fuller has been issued a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He is likely to make his season debut Sunday against the Cowboys.

  • Tre Flowers

    Finger
    Prob Sun | probable

    Flowers dislocated his finger in the last game, but he is projected to take the field Sunday versus the Cowboys.