Scouts Take: Seahawks at Bills

Seattle experience at key positions will be the difference when the Seahawks visits upstart Buffalo.

Updated: September 4, 2008, 12:01 PM ET
By Doug Kretz | Scouts Inc.
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This game matches two teams with high aspirations for 2008, but that seem headed in opposite directions. Seattle has owned the NFC West in recent years, but the team is aging at key positions and the rest of the conference appears to be catching up. Meanwhile, though the AFC East still belongs to New England, Buffalo is showing signs of becoming a player in the division.

Seattle wasn't the same team on the road as it was at home last season, especially on defense. The Seahawks need to make an early statement and put away a Bills squad that probably still is a year away. Buffalo desperately wants to get off on the right foot, hoping to recapture the fervor it showed during last season's 6-2 streak and finally revisit the playoffs.

A career NFL scout, Doug Kretz spent 19 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, one each with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins and three with the Cleveland Browns. A soccer player in college at Seattle Pacific University, Kretz spent four years as football and soccer coach at Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash., before joining the Seahawks.