1:00 PM ET, November 21, 2004
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- With a little help from Buffalo's special teams, Drew Bledsoe answered his critics.Bledsoe hit tight end Mark Campbell for three touchdowns and Nate Clements returned a punt 86 yards for a score, helping the Bills to a 37-17 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.It was a dominating effort by a Buffalo team (4-6) that has won four straight at home, but was coming off its worst outing of the season, a 29-6 loss at New England.
Why are the veteran-laden Rams so up and down?
For some reason this team won't listen to the stats despite their obvious relevance. The stats prove that if RB Marshall Faulk gets a certain number of carries this team is darn hard to beat. But for some reason they will get enamored with the pass and completely ignore him and drop a game like this one to a team that has inferior personnel. It's also becoming obvious that the defense misses former coordinator Lovie Smith who seemed to have this team playing spirited football. He put an emphasis on team morale that now seems to be lacking in St. Louis.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||5.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||10:10||JEFF WILKINS 41 YD |
Drive: 11 plays, 52 yds, 7:21
|TD||12:12||ISAAC BRUCE 18 YD PASS FROM MARC BULGER (JEFF WILKINS KICK) |
Drive: 1 plays, 18 yds, :07
|TD||1:04||MARK CAMPBELL 10 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 71 yds, 3:52
|TD||3:59||MARK CAMPBELL 19 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL KICK) |
Drive: 3 plays, 51 yds, 1:30
|TD||11:55||TORRY HOLT 11 YD PASS FROM MARC BULGER (JEFF WILKINS KICK) |
Drive: 12 plays, 78 yds, 7:56
|FG||14:26||RIAN LINDELL 21 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 63 yds, 2:31
|TD||1:17||MARK CAMPBELL 5 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL KICK) |
Drive: 1 plays, 5 yds, :05
|TD||3:48||NATE CLEMENTS 86 YD PUNT RETURN (RIAN LINDELL KICK)||17||31|
|FG||6:57||RIAN LINDELL 35 YD |
Drive: 5 plays, 14 yds, 3:09
|FG||13:35||RIAN LINDELL 33 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 34 yds, 2:08