BILLS VS. RAMS - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The Rams open the game on offense and put together a fairly impressive drive moving the ball very well on the Bills defense. Case Keenum went 4-for-6 for 42-yards. Todd Gurley carried the ball four times for 15-yards and Tavon Austin caught three passes for 18. The Rams settled for a 37-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Bills offense responds with a 12-play 76-yard drive. Tyrod Taylor recovered well after appearing to line-up in the wrong spot that resulted in a blown snap. Taylor was able to convert a 3rd and 19 with his feet. Tight end Charles Clay had two catches for 41-yards. The Bills were an impressive 3-for-3 on third down. Taylor capped the drive using his feet impressively by eluding the rush, and hitting Justin Hunter for a 4-yard touchdown and a 7-3 lead for Buffalo.
The Rams were able to continue moving the football effectively, but 3rd round pick Adolphus Washington was able to sack Case Keenum, and then a Gurley fumble was recovered by Corey Graham to end the first quarter with Buffalo up 7-3.
LeSean McCoy really got things going on the ground with a 53-yard gain that set up a Mike Gillislee 5-yard TD run. Dan Carpenter had the PAT blocked, and Buffalo took a 13-3 lead. After both offenses are forced to punt, Keenum was able to connect with Austin downfield for a 31-yard gain over Stephon Gilmore, but the Buffalo defense again got the job done in the red zone and the Rams settled for a 32-yard FG cutting the Buffalo lead to 13-6. The Rams were able to take control in the field position battle and finally find the end zone on their third trip into the red zone. Todd Gurley capped an 8-play 64-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown as the Rams evened the score at 13-13. Rex Ryan could have done a much better job of managing the clock and using timeouts, but the Bills were able to go 70-yards in ten plays as Dan Carpenter was able to connect on a 23-yard FG. Bills took a 16-13 lead into the half.
Bills LeSean McCoy: 111-yards on 9 carries including a 53-yarder. That's an average of 12.3 yards per carry.
Bills Tyrod Taylor: 8/13 for 102-yards and 1TD
Rams Case Keenum: 10/14 for 137-yards.
Rams 1/3 in red zone.
The Bills went three and out to start the third quarter. The Rams came back and continued to move the ball impressively going 48-yards in nine plays, but a Lorenzo Alexander sack held LA to another field goal. Greg Zuerlein nailed a 54-yarder to even things up 16-16. The Bills offense had gone three and out once again, but thE Rams roughed punter Colton Schmidt and the drive was extended Taylor however struggled with his accuracy and missed a wide open Robert Woods downfield for what would have been a touchdown on a 3rd and 7 and the Bills were forced to punt. On the ensuing Rams drive. Nickell Robey-Coleman picked off Keenum and took it back 41-yards for a touchdown and a 23-16 Buffalo lead. Lorenzo Alexander continues to prove himself as a tremendous asset for the Buffalo defense. He notched his second sack of the game and sixth of the season before the end of the third quarter.
Punter Colton Schmidt continued to have a strong game for Buffalo, pinning the Rams back at their own 7-yard line, but LA was able to go 89-yards in 13 plays, but they once again stall in the red zone with Jeff Fisher deciding to settle for another field goal on 4th and goal at the four, cutting he Bills lead to 23-19 with 5:55 left. The Rams forced another Buffalo punt, but Keenum could not take advantage of what the Bills defense gave him. Rams coach Jeff Fisher called a fake punt on 4th down at the Bills read and stopped the play beautifully. The Bills got the ball at the Rams 25, and Taylor was able to hit Marquise Goodwin for a 6-yard touchdown and a 30-19 lead. The Bills defense wound up closing the deal with Robey-Coleman's second interception of the game. The Bills run out the clock, and win 30-19.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy: 18 carries for 150 yards.
Bills DB Nickell Robey-Coleman: Two interceptions including key 41-yard pick six.
Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander: Three sacks and now has seven for the season.
Bills win turnover battle: 3-0
Bills defense limited Rams to 1-4 in the red zone.