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Bills' season on the line in Toronto against Seahawks

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills are in a bad spot this afternoon in Toronto. A loss to the Seattle Seahawks -- or to either of their last two opponents -- will erase the Bills from the postseason picture. A Pittsburgh Steelers victory today in Dallas also would do it.

Here is a digest of items about today's game in the Rogers Centre ...

Point spread: Bills +5. The over/under total is 42.5 points. For Las Vegas oddsmaker Joel Staniszewski's thoughts from a betting perspective, check out this week's "On the line from Vegas" blog.

Weather report: No matter. The retractable roof will be closed.

Matchup to watch: Old friend Marshawn Lynch against the Bills' thriving run defense. Lynch has redefined beast mode since Buffalo traded him to Seattle in 2010. Since Week Nine of last season, he leads the NFL with 2,207 rushing yards. Over that 22-game span, he has rushed for less than 85 yards only three times. Lynch rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns last week against the Arizona Cardinals.

Dave Wannstedt's run defense has been playing remarkably well. They've strung together four straight games of holding an opponent under 90 yards, the first time the Bills have done that since 1999. Foes are averaging 3.1 yards a carry in that span, tied for the best in the NFL.

Milestone watch: Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler is one touchdown away from breaking Buffalo's record for TD catches by a tight end. ... Seattle rookie Russell Wilson needs 34 rushing yards to set the club record for a quarterback. Rick Mirer holds the record with 343 yards in 1993.

Fast fact: Ryan Fitzpatrick is 282 passing yards away from joining Jim Kelly as the only Bills quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards in three straight seasons.

The Buffalo News has you covered throughout the day. Buffalo News columnists Jerry Sullivan and Bucky Gleason and reporters Mark Gaughan, Jay Skurski and I will be in the Rogers Centre press box.

Skurski will moderate our live chat from 3:30 p.m. until a half hour after the game. "[BN] the Huddle," our postgame webcast, will begin at 8 p.m. Hosted by Lauren Mariacher and Keith McShea, the recap show will include reports from Toronto and analysis from One News Plaza staffers.

Today's game is being televised by Fox and broadcast locally on WUTV Channel 29. Dick Stockton will call the play-by-play with former All-Pro safety John Lynch adding analysis.

Did you know? Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's first NFL job was coaching defensive backs for the Bills in 1984.

Bills all-time games versus the Seahawks: Antowain Smith rushed for 147 yards on the same day Doug Flutie threw for a series-high 366 yards in December 2000. Peerless Price had 138 receiving yards in 2001.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | [email protected]


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | [email protected]


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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