It was a game that featured an undefeated Bills team and a Rams team looking for not only their first win, but their true identity. This would be the first game after Rams head coach Scott Linehan had demoted starting quarterback Marc Bulger in favor of the veteran Trent Green. Buffalo came in looking for their first 4-0 start since 1992.
Things started out well for the Rams despite giving up a 45 Yard Rian Lindell field goal on the Bills first drive of the game giving Buffalo a 3-0 lead. The Rams would answer right back with a 5 play 67 yard drive that was capped off by a Donnie Avery 37-yard touchdown run giving St. Louis a 7-3 lead. Later in the 1st quarter, Buffalo would take advantage of great field position set up by a Fred Jackson 35 yard punt return to the St. Louis 29 yard line. Despite running 9 plays within the Rams 30, the Bills could only muster 12 yards, setting up another field goal for Lindell, this one being from 35 yards out. The first quarter came to an end with the Rams leading 7-6 and with possesion. The Rams extended their lead when Steven Jackson found paydirt on a 29 yard touchdown run and later did a "Lambeau Leap" into the first row of the stands. The Rams defense was extremely tough on the Bills offense. Buffalo was held to only 98 first half yards. Trent Edwards had thrown an interception and was sacked twice. This helped the Rams take a 14-6 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.
The Rams however, would totally Collapse in the second half. The Buffalo Bills would score on the first drive of the 3rd quarter on a Fred Jackson 22 yard run which was the only score of the period. Eventhough the Rams took a 14-13 lead into the 4th quarter, the Bills would score 25 unanswered points. The Bills took the lead on a Jabari Greer 33 yard interception return touchdown and never looked back. The Bills scored another touchdown on a Lee Evans 39 yard touchdown reception and a Rian Lindell 45 yard field goal.
Noteworthy about Trent Green. His play at the quarterback position was ok. He completed 17 passes o 32 attempts for 236 yards. He didn't throw any touchdowns and had an interception that was returned by the Bills for the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter. I really don't think that benching your best quarterback for a 38 year old quaterback is a smart thing to do. He is always one hit away from the morgue when he drops back to pass.
Rams Player of the Game
Steven Jackson had a great game despite losing. Jackson finished with 110 yards rushing on 24 attempts with a touchdown and had 5 receptions for 78 yards.
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