Found December 06, 2012 on Queen City Sports:
This weekend, the St. Louis Rams (5-6-1) travel to Orchard Park to take on the Buffalo Bills (5-7). The Bills are coming off of a much needed moral victory in a beatdown of the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The Bills finally played football the way the fans had wanted it played, and it worked out for the best. We saw a heavy dose of Freddy and C.J., and the duo accounted for 232 yards on the ground. Finally Fitzpatrick was only alowed to attempt 17 passes, rather the 30+ he has been subject to in previous weeks. He was effective, tossing two touchdowns to a single interception. Now on to St. Louis. St. Louis has quietly proved that they are a tough team to play, taking the 49ers to overtime twice this year, and pulled out victories over the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. Both teams have limited offenses, but both have solid and exciting defense. Bills Pass Offense Vs. Rams Pass Defense Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Bills to the 26th ranked pass offense in the National Football League, averaging 198.5 yards per game in the air. Last week marked the third year in a row in which Fitzpatrick has thrown at least 20 touchdowns in a season. The Rams, on the other hand, are very good at defending the pass, allowing 226.3 yards per game through the air, good for 12th in the league. They have a very underrated secondary consisting of Cortland Finnegan, Quintin Mikell, and standout rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Bills Rush Offense Vs. Rams Rush Defense The Bills have the 4th ranked rushing attack in the National Football League, led by C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, who have combined for 1,330 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Spiller has the speed to go outside the tackles and force opposing defenders to take bad angles on him, allowing big plays in return. The Rams allow just 114.4 yards per game on the ground, good for 14th in the league. When the Bills run the ball, the Rams’ ends will need to set the edge, while their linebackers pray they can get outside quickly enough to contain him. Rams Pass Offense Vs. Bills Pass Defense Sam Bradford has played well this year, completing 60.8% of his passes for 2,668 yards, throwing 14 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. At his arsenal are three receivers; Danny Amendola, Chris Givens, and Brandon Gibson. Neither is a true No. 1 threat, but they can catch and move quickly. The Bills have a solid secondary of their own, led by Jairus Byrd, who is playing at a Pro Bowl level this year. Stephon Gilmore, the rookie cornerback has also had a great year, and has been covering the opponent’s No.1 threat for the past eight weeks or so. Rams Rush Offense Vs. Bills Pass Defense This is one area in which the Bills are disadvantaged. Ranked 30th in rush defense on the year, they have allowed an average of 139.2 yards per game on the ground. The Rams have the 14th ranked pass offense, gaining 115.1 yards per game. Led by running back Steven Jackson, who has rushed for 772 yards on 195 carries, scoring twice, while adding another 21 receptions for 198 yards out of the backfield, the Rams will match Jackson’s power with the Bills’ power on their front four. Top 5 Matchups To Watch Bills WR Stevie Johnson Vs. Rams CB Cortland Finnegan The No. 1 receiving threat on the Buffalo Bills’ roster is Stevie Johnson, and he will most likely be lining up opposite Cortland Finnegan for the majority of Sunday’s contest. Johnson, who has 55 receptions for 705 yards and five scores on the year, is far from accomplishing a third consecutive season with 1,000 yards, but that doesn’t matter to him. He wants wins, and he has been winning in recent matchups as of late. Against Indy, he caught a 67 yarder, the longest of his career, and followed that up with yet another dance when he found the endzone against the Jaguars. Finnegan is getting up there in age, but his toughness is still easy to see. This will be a key matchup, and will dictate the offensive gameplan for the Bills. Bills OT Chris Hairton or Sam Young Vs. Rams DE Chris Long With second year tackle, Chris Hairston, suffering a “deep bruise” against the Jaguars, the unproven Sam Young may have to make the start at right tackle. If so, he will be faced off with the Rams’ feared defensive end, Chris Long, who, along with fellow defensive end Robert Quinn, the fearsome duo has ammassed 44 tackles, 15.5 sacks, two pass deflections and a forced fumble. Bills CB Stephon Gilmore Vs. Rams WR Danny Amendola Stephon Gilmore was the No. 10 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he has make improvements in every single game of the year. While he still doesn’t have his first career interception, he has been a very disruptive force in the secondary, and looks like he has all the makings of a potential lockdown cornerback for years to come. Dany Amendola has been nagged by injuries throughout the year, but that hasn’t stopped the quickster from grabbing 51 passes for 576 yards and two scores. Bills DE Mario Williams Vs. Rams RT Barry Richardson Mario Williams is finally proving he is worth the $96 million dollars he will be earning during his tenure in Western New York. Recording eight sacks over the last seven games, the former No. 1 overall draft pick of the Texans now has 9.5 on the year. This week, he’s facing off with a not-so-special tackle in Barry Richardson, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see his sack streak continue. Bills LB Nick Barnett Vs. Rams TE Lance Kendricks Nick Barnett leads the team in tackles with 82, adding two sacks, and three forced fumbles along the way. He is the Bills’ best linebacker in terms of pass coverage, but we’ll also see our weekly dose of Bryan Scott in the nickel formations as well. Lance Kendricks, a second year tight end out of Wisconsin has a high ceiling, and has 29 receptions for 296 yards and scored twice. The Bills need to make sure they know where he is on the field, as we all know how the Bills stuggle against tight ends. Rob’s Pick: Rams 13 Bills 20     The post St. Louis Rams Vs. Buffalo Bills Preview and Key Matchups To Watch appeared first on Queencity Sports.

Buddy Nix confesses Bills may not draft quarterback in draft

Despite general manager Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey both suggesting that the Buffalo Bills will seek an upgrade at quarterback the team may not draft one in April. The latest news seems to contradict the Bills previous talks about finding a replacement for Ryan Fitzpatrick. While the Bills would be cautions to draft a quarterback in the 2013 draft, due to an underwhelming...

Rams Injury Report: Danny Amendola, Stephen Jackson, Scott Wells

Wide receiver Danny Amendola and running back Stephen Jackson both practiced Thursday for the St. Louis Rams, while center Scott Wells was among the players that were out for yesterday’s session. Jackson and Amendola both missed practice Wednesday. Jackson was sidelined due to a foot injury, while Amendola has been hampered by a lingering heel injury. Jackson was a full...

St. Louis Rams at Buffalo Bills point spread, line and preview

The St. Louis Rams will play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. Both teams had expectations before the season began that they would be chasing after a wild card spot when Week 14 rolled around. Instead both teams find themselves riddled with questions. St. Louis has not addressed the issues at wide receiver and have been inconsistent throughout the year. The player...

Bills place Chris Kelsay on IR, promote T.J. Heath and Keith Williams

Hot News for DE Chris Kelsay

Bills home game vs Rams sells out

The Buffalo Bills home game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday has sold out after a local restaurateur committed to purchasing the remaining tickets. The Bills announced on Wednesday that Russell Salvatore, of Russell's Steaks, Chops and More, had stepped in to prevent the game from being blacked out on local television. The Bills had said last week that there were more than...

Buffalo Bills: Week 14 NFL Power Rankings (#19)

Last week: 19 (+4) Record: 5-7 Net points per drive: -0.42 (24th) DVOA: -7.1% (22nd) Weighted DVOA: -1.3% (17th) Studs LT Cordy Glenn: Did not allow a pressured on 21 pass block snaps, run blocked for 7 yards on 2 attempts LG Andy Levitre: Did not allow a pressured on 21 pass block snaps, run blocked for 32 yards on 4 attempts FS Jairus Byrd: Did not allow a catch on 1 attempt, 1...

On Sellouts and Blackouts. Or: Why Russ Brandon is an A$$hole

I'm borrowing this post form the fine folks at Dear God, Why us? Sports. Be sure to check out their awesome website which is dedicated to snark, the Bills, the Sabres and the greatest invention in the history of the world...Cuss words. You can also follow them on Twitter. I am making a pact to not spend more than twenty minutes on putting this quick ragestorm of a post...

Rams-Bills Preview

After rough stretches, the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams are back in the playoff conversation. That could change for one of them Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. After splitting their first six games and being tied for the AFC East lead, the Bills dropped three in a row. Buffalo, though, has won two of three to improve to 5-7 and is tied with Miami and the Jets, with all three...

Know your enemy: St. Louis Rams

Russ Salvatore for Wall of Fame! Yes, the Bills making the playoffs are about as slim as me winning the NYS Powerball. They are 5-7 and have a great shot at being one game below .500 with a win. Hooray! This week, they take on the St. Louis Rams. As we do every week, we are joined by the opposing team's blogger. The fine folks over at Rams Herd answer all my questions about...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.