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Five things to watch: Ravens v. Bills

Sunday's home game is sandwiched between the loss to the Patriots and the bye week, but this won't be a trap game for the Ravens. Expect them to roll over the winless Bills.

Here are five things that will capture my attention in the M&T Bank Stadium press box:

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1. The (possible) return of Ed Reed: In my opinion, there's no reason for the Ravens' All-Pro safety to rush back for a meeting against the lowly Bills, but it's Reed's call, according to defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. On Wednesday, Reed practiced with the team for the first time in 2010, much to the delight of the Ravens. "I want you to know there were a lot of smiles when you saw him standing back there," Mattison said Thursday. "I said this before: I've only been with him for three years, but my God, he looks good out there." Perhaps we will be able to see that for ourselves Sunday.

2. The first back off the board: The Bills drafted C.J. Spiller, one of the most electric playmakers in the 2010 draft, with the ninth pick in April. But outside of his 95-yard kickoff return against the Patriots in Week 3, Spiller has had minimal impact so far with 19 carries and 13 catches in five games. Still, he's on Ray Lewis' radar. "I liked him when he was in college," Lewis said. "I was actually at the game at the University of Miami when he did some of the most incredible things against us."

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3. Talking about Willis: After Ravens RB Willis McGahee rode the pine pony in the loss to the Patriots, there was speculation McGahee could be dealt before Tuesday's trade deadline. No dice. McGahee's here to stay, and he says he's "just sitting back and waiting for my number to be called." I've got a feeling the Ravens coaching staff will make a concerted effort to get McGahee involved Sunday, and he has an opportunity to set a couple of milestones against his former team. McGahee needs 70 rushing yards to reach 6,000 for his career and 12 receiving yards to reach 1,000 in that category. (If you own Ray Rice in fantasy football, don't sweat it: Both should put up nice numbers against the Bills.)

4. Bills following the blueprint: ESPN's Colin Cowherd reported this week that the Ravens are worried about Joe Flacco's ability to get through his progressions. "Joe knows how to read defenses," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Thursday. But in the Ravens' two losses in 2010, the Bengals and the Patriots confused QB Joe Flacco with the Cover 2 zone defense. The Bills, who have a talented, young secondary, would be wise to take the same approach.

5. Celebrate good times, c'mon: The Ravens are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their Super Bowl XXXV win Sunday. "I think that's going to be huge," Lewis said. "Not for just us, but for our fans as well in Baltimore." Enjoy it, folks.

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