Looking at the enemy: Buffalo Bills

Looking at the enemy: Buffalo Bills
May 8, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Now that the schedule is set and the draft is over, CSNBaltimore.com is taking a chronological look at each of the Ravens 2013 opponents.

Week 4: Buffalo Bills

Date: Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Ralph Wilson Stadium

2012 Record: 6-10

Key offseason losses: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (to Tennessee); G Andy Levitre (to Tennessee); DE Kyle Moore (to Chicago); WR David Nelson (to Cleveland); S George Wilson (to Tennessee)  

Key additions: DT Alan Branch (from Seattle); DE/OLB Jerry Hughes (from Indianapolis in trade); QB Kevin Kolb (from Arizona); OLB Manny Lawson (From Cincinnati)

Top 5 draft picks: QB E.J. Manuel (1st round, Florida State); WR Robert Woods (2nd round, USC); ILB Kiko Alonso (2nd round, Oregon); WR Marquise Goodwin (3rd round, Texas); S Duke Williams (4th round, Nevada)

Overview: The Bills have struggled through major quarterback issues recently, and they overhauled the position this offseason when they released Ryan Fitzpatrick and signed former Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb. Then they raised a lot of eyebrows on the first night of the draft when they traded down from their No. 8 spot and selected Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel with the No. 16 overall pick.

The passing game, which ranked 25th in the league last year, still has Stevie Johnson, who has had three straight 1,000-yard seasons, and should benefit from the addition of rookie receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.

C.J. Spiller is back after running for 1,244 yards and six scores last season. His average of 6.0 yards a carry trailed only Adrian Peterson among running backs.

The Bills made several offseason moves to shore up a defense that ranked 31st against the run and 22nd overall. The Bills traded for former Colts rush linebacker Jerry Hughes, signed former Bengals linebacker Manny Lawson and picked Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso in the second round of the draft.

The Bills enter the first season under new head coach Doug Marrone with more questions than answers, and are looking to break a playoff drought of 13 straight seasons, the longest such streak in the league.