Bills-Seahawks: Buffalo's Season Opener Shows Plenty of Playoff Promise

Blake EshlemanContributor ISeptember 7, 2008

Buffalo 34, Seattle 10

Going into this game, Buffalo knew winning would be a huge step towards making the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. The Seattle Seahawks have been a proven playoff-worthy team for the past few seasons, and their team is very experienced.

However, Seattle was without their two top receivers—Bobby Engram and Deon Branch—and with those losses, their offense would struggle.

Buffalo started out slow in this one, and second-year quarterback Trent Edwards struggled to make plays in the cold rain during the first quarter; however, as the rain slowed down, and Trent warmed up, the team started coming together.

Trent threw a beautiful over-the-shoulder bomb to Lee Evans for a nice 32-yard hookup. This nice play was followed by a 21-yard run from Marshawn Lynch, as he "Beast Mode-ed" Buffalo's first touchdown of the regular season.

Buffalo's defense showed their potential, as they held Seattle to only 10 points. Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was sacked five times and threw one interception. Seattle was also held to just 85 total yards rushing.

Buffalo's new offseason moves—three-time Pro Bowler DT Marcus Stroud and LB Kawika Mitchell—proved to be nice additions, as well as Paul Posluszny's return from an unhealthy season last year.

Buffalo's 12th man also showed up once again and forced the Seahawks into two false starts.

Another great sign of what is to come from Buffalo was their special teams. Roscoe Parrish ran 63 yards for a touchdown on a punt return, and punter Brian Moorman showed his Pro-Bowl skills by having several great punts, as well as a fake field goal, which he passed to Ryan Denney for a touchdown in the third quarter.

One thing is for sure: It is too early to get too excited; however, this was a great way to start a season, especially for the Bills, who are very playoff "hungry."

Although the Bills had a huge victory today, they still made mistakes, and there is plenty of room for improvement. The Bills will travel to Jacksonville, FL next Sunday to take on the Jaguars. Expect the next summary to be up shortly after the game next Sunday. Have a good week, and remember, BILLieve.