McDermott: Seahawks are 'dynamic offensively' with 'big play' capabilities

Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined the Howard and Jeremy Show ahead of Sunday's matchup with Seattle in Orchard Park

After a 24-21 win over the New England Patriots last week to improve to 6-2 on the 2020 season, the Buffalo Bills will face a pretty big challenge this week with the Seattle Seahawks (6-1) coming to Bills Stadium on Sunday in Orchard Park.

With a win this week at home, the Bills would improve to 7-2 to open a season for the first time since the 1993 campaign when the team opened the first 10 games with an 8-2 record en route to a 12-4 regular season finish. That was the last of the four straight Super Bowl runs for the Bills in the 1990s, which ended with a loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XVIII.

While the Bills are sitting in a comfortable spot through the first half of the 2020 season, the Seahawks are playing as, arguably, the top team in the NFC to this point. Their offense, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, ranks third in the NFL in both average yards per-game (414.4) and average passing yards per-game (289.0).

As for Wilson, he's playing at a MVP-caliber right now, completing 71.5% of his passes this season for an average of 307.3 yards. His 26 touchdown passes currently rank him first in the entire league in that category.

If the Bills are going to pull out a victory on Sunday, not only will the defense have to get to Wilson and make life difficult for him under center, but Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense will likely have to match the Seattle offense pound-for-pound through four quarters.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott is no stranger to facing the Seahawks in his time as the defensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers.

He joined the Howard and Jeremy Show as part of his weekly Buffalo Bills Football Friday appearance on WGR. He gave the latest update on who will be unavailable this Sunday due to injury, while also speaking on the Seahawks, his offense, and if the team has formed an identity either side of the football.

Here is some of what he had to say:

Out for Sunday:

- C - Mitch Morse (concussion)
- LB - Matt Milano (pectoral muscle)
- RB - Taiwan Jones (hamstring)
- CB - Josh Norman (hamstring)

McDermott on sitting out Milano this week:
"Just trying to figure out the right plan to give us the best chance going forward here. We continue with each week to understand the injury a little bit better and just trying to have the right formula going forward here for Matt."

McDermott on possibly inserting linebacker Darron Lee into the lineup on Sunday:
"It's possible. Not out of the realm of possibility at this point. It is a short run-up, if you will, so we'll have to see how today goes and tomorrow as well."

"It's just hard to get up to speed in a quick manner like this, but he's a gut that's played varsity snaps before, and he's done some good things. He comes from a good program in college. There's some positives in there as well."

McDermott on the change of execution on offense:
"I just think it's about how we're being defended a bit, and I would say at the end of the day, you're trying to put the ball in the end zone and score points. That's been the goal, whether it was the first four [games] or the second four [games], and that will be the goal going forward. It's good to get some guys back and get them a little bit healthier too on the offensive side. We're just trying to continue to grow as an offense, and I thought we took a critical step last week in the run game."

McDermott on having an identity on both sides of the football:
"If you don't have an identity up front on either side of the ball, you're missing the foundation. I think we're starting to create that, and that identity continues to evolve through the course of the season. You want it to peak with the most chemistry, the most identity as you go into the back half of the season here."

McDermott on trying to defend Russell Wilson:
"He's just so good. He's so smart, so active as a player with his arm and his feet. He does a really good job of managing the game and leading and playing well down the stretch. They're never out of a game, even if a team has gotten ahead on them. That's some of what I've observed this year, and some of what I've learned going up against him."

McDermott on defending wide receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf:
"They're talented, they're fast, they get down the field and get behind defenses. That's part of the reason why they lead the league in points scored offensively. They've got a good rapport with the quarterback on loose plays or scramble situations as well."

You can listen to the entire interview below: