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.


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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