Aug 28, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of Ralph Wilson Stadium during a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions. Detroit beats Buffalo 23 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Know Your Opponent: Buffalo Bills

Football season is here. While NFL teams have been at work since the end of July, there is nothing more exciting than the start of the NFL regular season. For the Chicago Bears, the team opens up the season at home against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Entering the second season under head coach Doug Marrone, the Bills were 1-3 in the pre-season.

The Bills are coming off a season in 2013 in which the team went 6-10.

On offense last season, the Bills were a team that was led by their running backs. The Bills averaged 144.2 rushing yards per game last season and the team is looking to repeat those numbers with running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson being among the best running back tandems in the NFL.

The Bills struggled in the passing game, however, as the team averaged 193.9 passing yards per game last season. Bills’ quarterback EJ Manuel struggled with consistency last season in his rookie campaign. Manuel had a completion percentage of 58.8% last season while throwing for 1,972 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

On defense last season, the Bills defense thrived against the pass. Opposing quarterbacks averaged 204.4 passing yards per game last season against the Bills, a mark that placed the Bills’ defense among the top five defenses against the pass. Where the Bills’ defense struggled last season was against the run. Opposing running backs rushed for 128.9 yards per game last season against the Bills, a mark that placed the Bills’ defense among the bottom five defenses against the run.

The Bills finished in last place in the AFC East division last season and that is likely where the team is ticketed to finish this season as well.

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