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Pregame primer: Everything you need to know for Bills-Seahawks, plus five things to watch

SEATTLE -- The Buffalo Bills have an opportunity to go into their bye week with a winning record.

A victory Monday night over the Seattle Seahawks would improve the Bills to 5-4 on the season and keep them within shouting distance of the AFC West lead. The Oakland Raiders lead that division and look to be legitimate playoff contenders, assuming they can set the pace ahead of the Chiefs (6-2) and Broncos (6-3).

The possibility exists that three playoff spots come out of the West.

Here is everything you need to know about Monday's game, plus five things to watch for:

• TV: ESPN. Announcers: Sean McDonough (play by play), Jon Gruden (color analyst).

• Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy (play by play), Mark Kelso (color analyst).

• Series history: Seahawks lead, 7-5. Last meeting: Dec. 16, 2012 -- 50-17 Seattle win at Buffalo (game played in Toronto). The Bills are looking to go undefeated against the NFC for the second time in three seasons after they swept the North in 2014.

• Milestone watch: Inside linebacker Preston Brown needs 11 tackles to reach 300 for his career.

• Uni watch: The Bills are going with their all whites -- helmet, jersey and pants -- for prime time.

• Did you know? Quarterback Tyrod Taylor needs 11 consecutive pass attempts without an interception to have the second-longest streak in franchise history, at 176. Taylor holds the franchise record with 222 consecutive attempts without a pick.

• Next up: The Bills get a much-needed break with their bye week. It should give the team's injured players a chance to get healthy for the end of thes

Here are five things to watch for against the Seahawks:

1. Can Shady be Shady? Running back LeSean McCoy is expected to be back in the lineup after missing Week Eight against New England because of a hamstring injury. McCoy tried to play with the injury in Week Seven against Miami and didn't look like the same player. The Bills will need him as close to 100 percent as possible, because the Seahawks' run defense is one of the best in the league. Seattle allows just 89.7 yards per game, but is vulnerable right up the middle. The Seahawks allow 3.32 yard per carry right up the gut, according to the league's official statistics, which ranks 27th. That's not always where McCoy does his best work, but it might be the Bills' best chance at getting the running game going.

2. What can we expect from Percy Harvin? Fresh out of retirement, Harvin is expected to play for the Bills, although his work load likely won't be heavy. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how -- and how much -- the Bills use him. Harvin had some good chemistry last season with Tyrod Taylor before injuries forced him into retirement, and the Bills are in desperate need of some help at receiver. Even if it's just as a decoy, Harvin will be someone the Seahawks have to account for.

3. How does Stephon Gilmore bounce back? The Bills' No. 1 cornerback is coming off another miserable performance in Week Eight against the Patriots. Playing in a contract year, Gilmore has been wildly inconsistent in 2016. According to Pro Football Focus, he's given up a whopping seven catches for 234 yards and a touchdown on go routes, but just 16 catches for 180 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions on all other routes. If the Seahawks challenge Gilmore deep, he has to be ready.

4. Where does Shaq Lawson line up? The rookie first-round draft pick could be in line to get some snaps along the defensive line, which will be without both Marcell Dareus and Corbin Bryant. That leaves just Kyle Williams, Leger Douzable, Jerel Worthy and Adolphus Washington up front. The Bills did not make a roster move to add depth, so the next in line figures to be Lawson. Coach Rex Ryan said it wouldn't be "ideal" to use Lawson in that role, but the Bills might not have a choice.

5. Who handles the return duties? Brandon Tate has been ruled out with a concussion, which puts the Bills in a bit of a pickle. He's been solid this year, and the kick- and punt-return jobs don't have obvious backups. That's because Reggie Bush -- who would figure to be the next man up -- is questionable for the game with a groin injury. Receiver Robert Woods has returned punts in the past, but is nursing a foot injury, so it would make sense if the team didn't want to burden him with the extra snaps. A logical candidate would be Walt Powell, who handled the jobs at the end of last season.

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