After two games on the road, the Seahawks (4-2-1) return home for a primetime matchup against the Bills (4-4), a team that's gone 3-0 in games against the NFC West this season. Buffalo beat out the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, Los Angeles Rams in Week 5, and San Francisco 49ers in Week 6 by a combined score of 108-53.
In Week 9, the Seahawks and Bills meet on Monday Night Football at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, where kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT with national television coverage on ESPN. The two teams have faced off 12 times during the regular season, with the Seahawks holding a 7-5 advantage.
Seattle comes into this week's game owning a .733 winning percentage on Monday night, the top mark in the NFL, and its current 10-game winning streak is the second-longest in Monday night history, when the Seahawks have outscored opponents 248-92. Seattle has a 47-28-1 overall record in primetime games, a 22-8 record on Monday night, and a 15-3-1 mark in primetime games under head coach Pete Carroll.
Here's a look at which side the national media is predicting to win on Monday, November 7:
Elliot Harrison at NFL.com picks Seattle to win by three, 13-10, "Don't like the Bills' chances. It's a long road trip. Buffalo managed well when they journeyed to Los Angeles to play the Rams. LeSean McCoy was a freaking machine that day. He's been nursing a bad hammy and, frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing the Bills sitting him this game. Playing Seattle is physically challenging for any running back, but more importantly, Buffalo needs Shady for the back stretch when the schedule offers opportunity. The Bills boast a fantastic turnover differential (plus-eight), yet Russell Wilson has thrown only two picks in 241 attempts."
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com sees the Seahawks winning 24-13, "They've scored one touchdown on their past 23 offensive possessions, but this is a favorable matchup for the Seahawks. The defense has played well and should benefit from an extra day of rest and a home game after having played a league-high 162 snaps the previous two weeks. Pete Carroll insists Russell Wilson is getting healthier, and look for the team to take more shots downfield against the Bills. It may not be pretty, but the Seahawks escape with a victory."
Mike Rodak at ESPN.com thinks Seattle wins 21-16, "Monday's game presents an intriguing matchup between a Bills offense that has the most runs of 15 yards or more this season (27) and a Seahawks defense that is tied for the fewest such runs allowed (three). If LeSean McCoy cannot play Monday night or is still limited by his hamstring injury, I believe the advantage in "chunk" running plays lies with Seattle's defense."
Chris Burke at SI.com likes the Seahawks over the Bills, 27-14, "The Bills are crossing their fingers that LeSean McCoy (hamstring) can go, too. He has been dazzling when healthy this season, although Buffalo did chalk up 167 rush yards last week in his absence."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com predicts the Seahawks will get back on track in front of their home crowd, 23-14, "The Bills have lost two straight, while the Seahawks have a tie and a loss the past two weeks. But the Seahawks were on the road for both. Now they get back home and get back on track. The Bills have issues. Seattle wins it."
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Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com thinks the Seahawks keep their primetime record rolling and win 20-9, "It's never easy to play in Seattle in prime time, and I expect the Bills' offense to get ground to a halt by the Seahawks' defense."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com thinks the Bills defense will take advantage of Russell Wilson's health and win 16-13.
Peter Schrager at FOXSports.com believes Seattle comes out on top, 27-13, "Coming off that loss to New Orleans, the 12's will have that stadium rocking in what ends up becoming Percy Harvin's return to Seattle. The Bills defense — for the second straight year — has just too many problems. It's inexcusable to give up a deep bomb on third-and-13, as they did last week to Tom Brady. Stuff like that happens every week. The stadium noise in Seattle won't help their cause."
David Steele at Sporting News predicts a 26-18 Seahawks win, "Everybody in the AFC East is fighting for second place, and the Bills lately have ceded ground to teams they should be pulling away from. Facing the Seahawks defense won't help, especially if LeSean McCoy is still hurting. Russell Wilson was inches away from pulling off a comeback win in New Orleans last week, despite being incredibly banged up. The Seahawks are getting away with having no serious running game. Expect that to continue."
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com thinks Seattle wins 34-20, "The Bills allow 118.4 rushing yards per game, which ranks No. 25 in the league. That's no guarantee to help Seattle, though. The Seahawks have played the Dolphins and the 49ers, who've both allowed more rushing yards than Buffalo, and Seattle still has only the 28th-ranked rushing offense in the league. Not only that, but Seattle's offense managed just 13 points last week against a Saints' team that was allowing 32.5 entering the contest. Best of the west? The Bills are 3-0 against the NFC West this season. The Seahawks have won five of their last six against the AFC."
Each of the five writers at USA Today like the Seahawks to win this week.
All seven experts at CBSSports.com see Seattle winning on Monday night.
And all nine ESPN.com analysts pick the Seahawks to beat the Bills.
The Seahawks and the Bills have played each other 12 times throughout their history. Seattle is currently leading the series 7-5. The two teams will face off again this Monday Night during Week 9 at CenturyLink Field.