2012 has been the year of the rookie quarterback. It may go down as one of the best quarterback classes of all time. Everyone knows RG3 and Andrew Luck, but Russell Wilson has been equally as impressive. The Seahawks starting quarterback was projected to be Matt Flynn’s backup, but showed enough in the preseason and training camp for Pete Carroll to hand the keys to Wilson. It certainly hasn’t been a bad idea, as Martin has looked spectacular in his rookie campaign. Their opponent, the Buffalo Bills, maybe should have considered looking at Wilson in the draft instead of giving Ryan Fitzpatrick a big fat contract last season. The Bills are a team with great expectations every preseason, but never seem to live up to the hype. 2012 is no different, as they are well back in the AFC East at 5-8. Inconsistency is a good word to sum these guys up. Remember, that the game is not going to be at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It will be played at Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto, as part of their annual game in Canada.
The Bills expected big things out of Fitzpatrick after handing him a whopping deal during last season. He has actually been pretty decent in most regards, but hasn’t been a game changer that can win a game by himself. Fitzpatrick benefits from having a potent running attack with Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller, the Bills’ running game with the duo ranks 6th in the NFL. It has meant Fitzpatrick has been able to manage games pretty efficiently. Not enough to warrant giving him that big of a contract, but he has been average with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The passing game sits all the way back in 25th, so it is no secret that the Bills depend on the ground game. Fitzpatrick puts together good outings when Jackson and Spiller are on point.
The Bills’ defense, while it has a reputation for being pretty porous, has been pretty decent as of late. Since week 9 the most they have allowed is 21 points, against the Texans. Mind you, they gave up 37 to the Patriots in week 10, but the Patriots offense can torch any defense in the league, so I’ll give them a pass there. Nevertheless, they have come a long way since their week 8 bye week. Mario Williams has been playing much better lately, so if the defense gets pressure up front, they are a talented unit. They rank 21st in the NFL, but have been steadily improving as the season chugs along.
The Bills should have their hands full with an offense with Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch at the helm. Lynch has been doing his thing, but Wilson has been the surprise of the season for the Seahawks on the defensive side of the ball. Wilson has passed for 2492 yards with 20 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. As a scrambler, he has also chipped in with 310 yards on the ground. Wilson and Lynch have worked well together, but the offense is only 21st in the NFL with regards to total team offense. Therefore, the defense has been the one giving Wilson the opportunity to pull out games.
Wilson has received all of the praise, but the defense and rookie cornerback Richard Sherman should probably be held in higher esteem. Without a defense, I couldn’t see Wilson doing as well as he has. The ‘Hawks are the 3rd best defense in the league, allowing only 15.5 points a game and 301.7 yards per game. The Seahawks will be going into this one a little banged up in the secondary, as seldom used rookie Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell will start to replace Marcus Trufant and suspended Brandon Browner.
Seahawks vs. Bills Spread and Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks -6 (-105)
@ Buffalo Bills +6 (-115)
Over 43.5 (-110)
Under 43.5 (-110)
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Seahawks vs. Bills Pick:
When a team is travelling from one coast to the other there is usually telling trends to find a winner. This spot is no different, as the Seahawks notoriously have trouble travelling east in early games. They are 1-5 straight up in that regard. While this game is more of a neutral site than anything, the Bills hold a decisive advantage. The Bills are comfortable playing in Rogers centre by this point, as they have been here three times already. They handled the Redskins quite easily 23-0. The ‘Skins looked like they had no interest being there and it translated on the field.
Considering the Seahawks difficulties travelling east, parlayed with the fact the Seahawks secondary is in disarray, I think the Bills can sneak up and steal this game. This should be an ugly game that goes either way, so the 6 points are looking mighty good.
PICK = Bills +6