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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/16/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




SEATTLE (8 - 5) vs. BUFFALO (5 - 8)
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Week 15 Sunday, 12/16/2012 4:05 PM
Rogers Centre - Toronto, Canada
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SEATTLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-5+39-46-723.112.2341.2(5.7)1.315.58.1301.2(5.2)1.9
Road Games2-5-43-43-417.08.0324.9(5.5)1.719.08.1321.4(5.6)1.1
Last 3 Games2-1+0.82-13-034.018.3421.3(6.8)0.713.74.7315.7(5.7)3.0
Dome Games0-3-3.90-31-217.79.0314.0(5.2)2.322.312.3318.0(5.2)1.3
SEATTLE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.610.819.531:3628-117(4.2)21-3560.5%221(6.4)62-339(5.4)(15.7)
Offense Road Games17.08.018.431:1730-133(4.5)19-2964.1%192(6.5)59-325(5.5)(19.1)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.810.319.830:2527-114(4.2)21-3560.8%224(6.4)62-338(5.5)(15.5)
Defense Road Games19.08.119.329:4626-111(4.3)19-3160.0%210(6.7)57-321(5.6)(16.9)
SEATTLE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.71.814-537.3%1-154.1%3-61(23.2)19-2(9)6-53
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-540.5%0-016.7%3-60(21.7)2-19(9)6-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.71.5 14-538.1%1-045.3%3-60(23.3)22-2(9.3)7-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-542.7%0-033.3%2-35(18.9)2-21(13.1)5-46

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-8-3.56-77-622.212.2341.7(5.8)
Road Games2-5-2.23-43-418.18.9333.9(5.6)2.028.715.0372.9(5.9)1.1
Last 3 Games1-2-1.51-21-219.79.7309.7(5.4)1.717.77.7277.7(4.4)1.7
Dome Games1-1+0.81-10-216.07.5305.0(5)1.518.011.5322.0(4.9)2.0
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.811.120.131:4928-117(4.2)21-3560.9%235(6.7)63-351(5.6)(15.4)
Offense Road Games18.18.919.429:1626-137(5.4)20-3460.3%196(5.8)59-334(5.6)(18.4)
Defense (All Games)27.111.522.329:5728-134(4.8)20-3557.7%228(6.5)63-362(5.7)(13.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.31120.130:2228-118(4.2)21-3559.5%225(6.4)63-343(5.4)(15.4)
Defense Road Games28.715.022.431:1730-138(4.7)20-3361.4%235(7.1)63-373(5.9)(13)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-643.7%1-050.0%3-73(23)2-36(15.7)5-45
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.71.4 14-537.8%1-050.7%3-64(23.1)25-2(10.8)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-648.4%1-075.0%3-57(21.1)3-46(17.8)6-52
Average power rating of opponents played: SEATTLE 20.2,  BUFFALO 19.6
SEATTLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/18/2012@ SAN FRANCISCO6-13L7.5W37.5U29-1369-23-115132-17514-23-1381
10/28/2012@ DETROIT24-28L3L43O19-13325-35-236222-8434-49-3311
11/11/2012NY JETS28-7W-5.5W38.5U43-17413-20-189222-8412-25-1013
11/25/2012@ MIAMI21-24L-3L37.5O27-9621-27-216028-18918-26-2461
12/2/2012@ CHICAGO23-17W3W36.5O32-17623-37-283132-13217-26-2260
12/23/2012SAN FRANCISCO            
12/30/2012ST LOUIS            

BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2012@ HOUSTON9-21L11L48U16-7825-38-230132-11819-27-2560
11/11/2012@ NEW ENGLAND31-37L13.5W54O28-16227-40-319329-11723-38-2300
11/25/2012@ INDIANAPOLIS13-20L2L51U23-13517-33-169129-8720-37-2252
12/9/2012ST LOUIS12-15L-3L42.5U20-6125-33-220227-7819-39-2071
12/23/2012@ MIAMI            
12/30/2012NY JETS            
SEATTLE: The Seahawks are well-versed in zone blocking after a year under current offensive line coach Tom Cable, one of the best zone-blocking coaches in the game. They play a lot of two-tight end and three-receiver sets and do a lot of inside zone runs with Marshawn Lynch, who will continue to get a mammoth workload. Change-of-pace back Leon Washington will occasionally spell Lynch on passing downs, taking about a third of the reps, and rookie Robert Turbin is expected to be used on only a handful of snaps as long as Lynch is able to remain healthy. Seattle is run-heavy near the goal line: Lynch will again have a huge role in the red zone, as Seattle was one of four teams to run it more than 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations. The Seahawks run a West Coast offense similar to the one QB Matt Flynn played in at Green Bay. Seattle uses a lot of three-WR sets, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was able to open things up for slot receiver Doug Baldwin. Split end Sidney Rice is more of a perimeter threat in this offense, and Golden Tate has a chance for an increased number of targets at flanker. Tight end Zach Miller ended up being a bit redundant with Baldwin in the middle of the field, which is why his numbers were down. Miller's contributions are not expected to increase now that he'll be splitting reps with Kellen Winslow. Although their 2011 leading tackler LB David Hawthorne is now in New Orleans, the Seahawks should remain an above-average defense. They finished fourth in the NFL with 22 interceptions (Brandon Browner had six) and made huge improvements in both yards allowed and scoring defense in 2011. One of the reasons was the play of DL Chris Clemons, who after floundering for several different teams has found a home in Seattle with back-to-back 11-sack seasons'there's little reason to believe the explosive DE won't reach double figures again in 2012. Safety Kam Chancellor is an elite in-the-box run-stuffer who even plays some linebacker on passing downs. He's also good enough in coverage that he's not a liability when opponents decide to pass the ball. Chancellor forms one of the NFL's best young safety tandems with Earl Thomas, who draws comparisons to Troy Polamalu due to his athleticism and exceptional instincts.
BUFFALO: The Bills are largely committed to zone blocking, going away from two-RB backfields and running effectively out of their three-WR base. They'll spread defenses out then use a lot of inside-zone plays, especially when Fred Jackson is healthy. If he's 100 percent, Jackson figures to take the majority of the snaps at running back over Spiller, who's used outside the tackles as more of an all-or-nothing runner. Both backs will be on the field at the same time in certain packages, with one of them (usually Spiller) in the slot. Buffalo's passing game is limited by Ryan Fitzpatrick's lack of arm strength, forcing the team to instead rely on spreading the field. His receivers are given freedom to run and adjust routes as they see fit, which puts a heavy emphasis on experience and chemistry with Fitzpatrick. Stevie Johnson is Fitzpatrick's security blanket, and the Bills run a lot of one-read slants off of that, with Johnson clearing and Jackson or Spiller crossing under him out of the slot. Fitzpatrick also likes to check down to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle. The Bills are one of the NFL's more pass-heavy red zone teams. Outside the five, they'll often spread it out with Fitzpatrick looking over the middle. David Nelson was most frequently targeted deep in opponent territory, leading the team in targets (11), catches (seven) and touchdowns (five) inside 10 yards. Johnson also has a big role, and Chandler is used in play-action. The Bills doled out a lot of money for OLB Mario Williams and DE Mark Anderson this offseason, and this duo should improve the team's pass rush significantly. Williams, in particular, should thrive playing the LDE position in his new 4-3 scheme in Buffalo. He's added some muscle to tip the scales closer to 300, which should result in fewer missed tackles in 2012. The presence of Williams and Anderson should allow 22-year-old Marcell Dareus to find more room to rush his 320-pound frame up the middle. Nick Barnett transitioned nicely to a 4-3 weakside linebacker, recording 10-plus total tackles six times last year. George Wilson stepped up as a run-stopper after the departure of Donte Whitner, and as a converted wide receiver he has excellent ball skills. He was on pace for 90 solo tackles before injuring his neck. Kelvin Sheppard is another good young talent in the box, and Jairus Byrd is a ball-hawking free safety to round out an improving secondary.
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(Adds Carroll quote about Lynch)

*Seahawks-Bills Preview* ========================


After the Seattle Seahawks sent a message to their opponent last week, Marshawn Lynch may want to do the same to his former team.

Lynch and the Seahawks try for their fifth victory in six games Sunday as they head to Toronto to face the Buffalo Bills, who appear bound to miss the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season.

Although the Bills' ground game has been strong thanks to C.J. Spiller's emergence, Lynch has turned into one of the league's most consistent backs since Buffalo traded him to Seattle for a pair of draft picks in October 2010. He ranks second to Adrian Peterson with a career-high 1,266 yards this season, and he needed only 11 carries to accumulate 128 yards and three touchdowns in last Sunday's 58-0 drubbing of Arizona.

"This is what we had hoped," coach Pete Carroll said. "We hoped that he would be a big-timer and we could make him fit in and feel comfortable and like his surroundings and really contribute in a big way. He has done everything. He's done everything we have asked of him."

The Bills chose Lynch 12th overall in the 2007 draft out of California and he surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but he fell out of favor after some off-the-field problems and Buffalo only got a fourth- and a fifth-round pick for him.

Lynch chose not to talk to reporters about the reunion this week.

Along with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and a stout defense, Lynch is a major reason the Seahawks (8-5) currently own the NFC's top wild-card position, and they're feeling especially good after the NFL's third-largest shutout win since 1950.

Seattle set a franchise record for points and matched its second-highest takeaway total with eight.

The Seahawks are one victory away from clinching their first winning season since going 10-6 in 2007. Their surge prompted next week's game against San Francisco to be flexed to the Sunday night spot.

That could be a showdown for the NFC West lead, though it's seemingly one of the last things on Carroll's mind.

"Yeah, whatever, it's moved back a little bit," he said. "That's two weeks from now."

The lopsided margin against Arizona gave the Seahawks plenty of opportunities to run the ball, which they did 42 times for 284 yards - the fourth-most in team history. Seattle's 152.3 rushing yards per game rank fourth in the league, although the Bills are sixth at 141.2.

Wilson sat out the final 25 minutes last Sunday as he became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first six home games since the 1970 merger.

"You're trying to get first downs and keep the football, with the sensitivity of the situation," Carroll said. "You know you're going to run the football like crazy, which was awesome and we love to do that."

The Seahawks haven't been nearly as good outside of Seattle, going 2-5, although they won their most recent road game in Chicago.

Preparing to play a game in Toronto for the fifth straight season, the Bills (5-8) haven't given up on their first postseason appearance since 1999 - the league's longest active drought - though they must win out and receive plenty of help.

Even after last week's 15-12 home defeat to St. Louis, general manager Buddy Nix said he has no intention of firing coach Chan Gailey, who has at least one year remaining on his contract. In his third season in Buffalo, Gailey is 15-30.

"Now, we don't have many wins to show for it at this point, but I believe we can get there," Gailey said. "And I have a great deal of confidence in the direction we're headed."

Gailey has been criticized for his perceived under-utilization of Spiller, but with Fred Jackson put on injured reserve Tuesday because of a sprained MCL, he may have little choice but to give the ball to Spiller more often.

Spiller has 944 yards on 144 carries - a 6.6-yard average, the NFL's highest through 13 games since Jim Brown in 1963. However, he's carried the ball fewer than 10 times in six of Buffalo's games, gaining 37 yards on seven attempts against the Rams.

Still, Spiller hasn't complained publicly and continues to support Gailey as the team's head coach.

"Those people who want him fired, they must not understand football," Spiller said. "He's my coach, and I've got his back."

Perhaps a higher dosage of Spiller can spark an offense averaging 19.5 points over its last four games.

"My style is I'll never go up there and beg, beg, beg for the ball," he told the team's official website. "I understand we've got a lot of playmakers out there. Everybody wants to have the ball in their hands and everybody wants to make that play. I'm not different, but I'm not going to sit around and mope week in and week out."

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will have another week on the field after his appeal hearing for his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs was delayed. Sherman had a pair of interceptions last weekend.

However, fellow starting corner Walter Thurmond won't play after injuring his hamstring during practice Wednesday.

Either Byron Maxwell or rookie Jeremy Lane will start in place of Thurmond for the league's third-ranked defense, which allows 301.7 yards per game.

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