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Top 6 storylines fans need to follow for Bills vs. Seahawks | Week 9

Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Jerry Hughes (55) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during an NFL football game on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)
Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Jerry Hughes (55) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during an NFL football game on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)

1. An MVP candidate heads to Buffalo

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is having a season many quarterbacks dream of having. Wilson has thrown for at least three touchdowns in all but one game. His offense has scored at least four total touchdowns in every game and ranks first in the NFL averaging 34.3 points per game. Wilson is completing 71.5 percent of his passes and leads the league with 26 passing touchdowns.

The nine-year veteran has the NFL's best passer rating at 120.8 and is averaging 307.3 passing yards per game. These eye-popping statistics and 6-1 record all point to Wilson as a lead MVP candidate halfway through the season. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier knows it'll take extra game-planning to slow him down.

"Russell is off to a great start," Frazier said. "He is off to an MVP-type season, and he's definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in our league. We'll have to find ways to corral him to slow him down. He does a great job of moving into pockets similar to Pat [Mahomes], and making plays outside the pocket as well as in the pocket. He presents a lot of problems to defenses, and we have to find ways just to slow this offense down in general."

2. Last time the Bills were 7-2 ...

The Bills are 6-2 for the second-straight season and have the chance to pick up their seventh win to go 7-2 for the first time since 1993. Here are some other milestones to watch for this week:

  • With a win against the Seahawks, the Bills would have their fifth straight win in the month of November.
  • Sunday's game will be only the 10th time in team history, in Week 9 or later, where both teams have a winning percentage of at least .750 entering the game. The last time this occurred against an NFC team was in 1990 when Buffalo visited the New York Giants, both were 11-2 The Bills won 17-13.
  • Buffalo's last win over Seattle came in 2008 when the Bills beat them 34-10 with Trent Edwards as the quarterback. Marshawn Lynch led Buffalo in rushing yards with 18 attempts for 76 yards and one touchdown. Two years later, Lynch would go on to play for Seattle. Lee Evans was the leading receiver with four receptions and 102 yards.
  • The Seahawks lead the series over Buffalo with 8-5. Seattle has beat the Bills in their last two meetings in 2016 (31-25) and 2012 (50-17).

3. Jamal Adams is back

Just when Bills fans thought Buffalo was free from facing one of the best defensive backs in the league, think again. The Bills will see Jamal Adams for the first time this season on Sunday. Adams was traded to the Seahawks in July before Buffalo's Week 1 matchup with the Jets. The two-time Pro Bowler has been out since Week 3 with a groin injury, but he is expected back for this game. In his three games with the Seahawks, Adams totaled 23 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one pass defensed.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said they will take it one day at a time with in practice this week.

"We'll have a pitch count during Wednesday and Thursday, leading into Friday," Carroll said. "We'll take each day one day at a time to see how he responds. The next day is really important, the signals that he sends us the next day, and we'll see what happens, with the intent—and I'm saying this because I know he's excited and dying to get out to get playing—that you really don't know you know until we get through it, but with a really high confidence that the process has been great. He's had enough time and he feels good. So now we just need to monitor it through it in a really good way so that he feels comfortable one day to the next. That means we won't overdo it any day, and we might have to count plays in the game too, I don't know that. But we'll wait and evaluate all of that as we go through the week."

4. Bills secondary preparing to have their hands full

The Bills defense will have their hands full trying to limit Russell Wilson's playmaking ability, but they also have to account for receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Metcalf ranks fourth in the NFL with 680 receiving yards and has scored seven touchdowns while averaging 18.9 yards per reception. Lockett has 575 receiving yards and has also scored seven touchdowns.

The two receivers will give Buffalo's veteran secondary the perfect midseason test. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said his defense can rise to the challenge.

"They're on a roll, 34 points a game is nothing to sneeze at," Frazier said of the high-powered Seattle offense. "So they're finding ways to put points on the board and racking up over 400 yards often, so they've got it going and we're going to have our hands full trying to slow them down. They're putting up points and moving the football up and down the field and controlling the clock as well. We'll have our work cut out for us, but we feel like we're going to find a way to rise to the task."

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5. Warm weather in November

In the last two home games, Buffalo hasn't been blessed with the best weather. For Week 6 and Week 8, the Bills had wet, windy and colder conditions. Nothing out of the ordinary for Buffalo in October and November. This Sunday, though, is definitely anything but ordinary. Temperatures are expected to top out at 66 degrees. The average temperature in November is 41 degrees in Orchard Park. The high for November 8 was set in 2011 when it was 70 degrees. The Bills will get close to that on Sunday, and with winter approaching, they better soak up the sun while it's still out.

6. Pete Carroll's coaching roots in Buffalo

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has 26 years of NFL experience and has been Seattle's head coach since 2010. Caroll got his NFL coaching start in Buffalo. His first NFL job was as a defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills in 1984. Kay Stephenson was the head coach of the Bills that year and the team finished with a 2-14 record. Caroll went on to coach for the Vikings, Jets, 49ers and Patriots before landing in Seattle. Under Caroll, the Seahawks have advanced to the divisional round seven times, winning two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott looks up to Carroll as one the premiere coaches in the league.

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Carroll," McDermott said. "He's one of the best to coach our sport. He's been coaching professional football for a long time now, a Super Bowl winning coach. [He has] Russell Wilson and a talented roster. Along with Russell and dynamic playmakers, I think they're the highest scoring offense in the league. So, we won't sleep much this week. Maybe they will, but I can tell you we won't. But we've got to have a great week of preparation, and we've got a lot of respect for them and what they do."

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