The Bills are atop the AFC East standings, while the Seahawks are leading the NFC West. Both clubs are coming off wins in Week 8. The Bills defeated the New England Patriots and the Seahawks took care of business against the San Francisco 49ers.
This should be a fairly competitive contest despite most pundits picking the Seahawks to win. With the game almost here, let’s take a look at four bold predictions from a Buffalo point of view.
1. Josh Allen throws two touchdowns, rushes for one
The Seahawks, unlike in past seasons, are struggling on defense. They are giving up 28.4 points per game and a ton of yards through the air.
With that being said, we have Bills quarterback Josh Allen doing damage in the passing and running game. The 24-year-old is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL, as he has 16 passing touchdowns and four rushing scores.
The Seahawks are ranked 32nd in the NFL in defensive passing yards per game. Allen, who has one of the biggest arms in the NFL, is likely salivating at the thought of facing Seattle at home. The youngster has thrown for 2,172 yards on the season and is completing 67.1 percent of his passes. Allen has also ran for 227 yards on 58 carries.
Against the Seahawks, we have Allen throwing for two touchdowns and scoring one on the ground.
2. Stefon Diggs catches two touchdown passes
In his first season with the Bills, Stefon Diggs has caught 54 balls from Allen for 695 yards and three touchdowns. The 26-year-old will be eager to get into the end zone against the Seahawks since he hasn’t scored since Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
We have Diggs scoring two touchdowns against a Seattle defense which is really struggling to stop the deep ball. Since Allen has a monster arm and Diggs is one of the most explosive wideouts in the NFL, don’t be surprised if Allen and Diggs combine for a few large chunk plays for the Bills.
With the Minnesota Vikings, Diggs never defeated the Seahawks and failed to reach the end zone. We have the Gaithersburg, Maryland native scoring his first touchdown against Seattle in Week 9.
3. Cole Beasley eclipses 100 yards
Cole Beasley is one of the best slot receivers in the NFL. He has 41 receptions on the season for the Bills for 494 yards and two touchdowns.
Against the Seahawks, we have Beasley recording his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. He’ll most likely get seven targets from Allen and come down with five or six catches, with most of them coming in the middle of the field.
Beasley’s small stature makes it hard for defenders to keep up with him in the slot since he’s always running low to the ground. Once the 31-year-old gets the ball in his hands, he’s difficult to tackle in the open field due to his elusiveness and low center of gravity.
4. Bills upset Seahawks to improve to 7-2
The Seahawks have the best record in the NFC and quarterback Russell Wilson is playing like an MVP.
However, since Seattle’s defense isn’t stout anymore, we have the Bills scoring a ton of points at home and upsetting the Seahawks to improve to an impressive 7-2 on the season.
This is the perfect game for Allen to show he’s capable of winning the big one. The Bills’ two losses on the season have come to the Tennessee Titans and Chiefs, two of the best teams in the NFL.
Once Allen leads the Bills to a statement win over Wilson and the Seahawks, then maybe pundits outside of Buffalo will start buying into the hype surrounding the California native. Allen has cut down on his errant throws this season and is doing a better job of protecting the ball. That will have to continue against a Seahawks defense which isn’t good, but is still opportunistic on interceptions and could have star safety Jamal Adams back in the lineup.
Since the New England Patriots (2-5) are struggling without Tom Brady, the AFC East is the Bills’ to lose. A win over the mighty Seahawks, who have the best offense in the NFL, would inch Buffalo closer to its goal of winning the division.
A victory would also send a message to the Bills’ naysayers that this team can compete with the elite teams in the NFL if they play complementary football for four quarters. It should be fun in Buffalo this Sunday.