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Bills knock off Rams 30-19 after fake punt misfires

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Nickell Robey #21 of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown after an interception against the Los Angeles Rams giving them a 23-16 lead in the third quarter of the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

In one of the early games on Sunday, Jets coach Todd Bowles chose to punt trailing in the fourth quarter and found himself trailing by too much to recover from by the time his team got the ball back.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher went the other way against the Bills later in the afternoon, but he joined Bowles on the losing side of Week Five all the same. Fisher called for a fake punt on fourth-and-five from his own 23-yard-line with 3:47 left to play in the game, but wide receiver Bradley Marquez was stuffed for a short gain.

LeSean McCoy ran 24 yards to the foot of the end zone on the next play and Tyrod Taylor hit Marquise Goodwin for a six-yard touchdown a couple of snaps later to give the Bills breathing room in a 30-19 victory. The touchdown ended a frustrating half for the Bills offense, which moved well before halftime but produced nothing but punts come the second half.

The Bills still led, though, because cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman made the biggest defensive play of the game. Robey-Coleman jumped an out route and cruised into the end zone in the stadium he called home while at USC. That broke a 16-16 tie and buoyed the Bills’ chances while their offense scuffled.

Fisher’s aggressiveness with the fake punt wasn’t matched on the previous Rams drive. He opted to kick a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the four-yard-line and the decision appeared to work out when the defense forced another quick punt. Case Keenum, who finished 21-of-31 for 271 yards and another late Robey-Coleman interception, was incomplete to tight end Lance Kendricks on third down, however, and the Rams didn’t want to give their offense another chance to get the yards.

Credit the Bills defense with creating that situation, generally keeping Todd Gurley under wraps on his way to 72 yards on 23 carries and carrying the team in the second half. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington both made an impact up front over the course of the afternoon for Buffalo, which has now won three straight games for the first time since 2011.

They have the 49ers and Dolphins in the next two weeks, so that winning streak could go on for a while. McCoy ended up with 150 yards on 18 carries, although 111 came before halftime when the Bills were clicking offensively in a way they’d like to capture for a full 60 minutes in those upcoming games.

The Rams will head to Detroit next weekend and they may have to play without cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who was carted off with an ankle injury late on Sunday. Their chances of winning will be much better if they can get Gurley on track rather than hoping a fake punt pays off in the final minutes.

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54 Responses to “Bills knock off Rams 30-19 after fake punt misfires”
  1. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 9, 2016 7:41 PM

    Hawks lead NFC West – as usual.

  2. dohczeppelin says: Oct 9, 2016 7:42 PM

    Bills!!

  3. dohczeppelin says: Oct 9, 2016 7:43 PM

    Hope is alive!

  4. jasons81 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:44 PM

    Fake punts/field goals never work. If you’re going to do something desperate the smarter move would have been to go for it on 4th and goal 4 yards out.

  5. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:44 PM

    Jeff Fisher is the worst coach in the NFL. How do you not keep your offense out on fourth and five and then go for it anyways.

    Oh and I’m not sure how accepting that penalty on the goal line is any better. Why give them another down to score or at best waste time/time outs?

    No trust for either side of the ball. Idiot

  6. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Oct 9, 2016 7:44 PM

    …and Jeff Fisher is now 8 games away from being the losingest coach in the history of professional football.

  7. getakluwe says: Oct 9, 2016 7:45 PM

    The coaching brilliance of Jeff Fisher remains unparalleled.

  8. pioniere says: Oct 9, 2016 7:45 PM

    Fisher = Clueless

  9. absolutevisuals says: Oct 9, 2016 7:46 PM

    “Reality slaps his foolishness away for at least a week when they walk into L.A. Coliseum, chest’s all puffed out, and limp out with tails between legs after losing to the Rams. It’s just what Rex’s teams do.”

    Well then.

  10. tfarr45 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:50 PM

    Wait , but I thought that the Rams defense , and in particular Aaron Donald were supposed to be pile driving the Bills because of a comment Rex Ryan made 2 years ago ?

  11. heroofthisparish says: Oct 9, 2016 7:57 PM

    Rams had a better offense today. Rams D played it’s normal aggressive defence. STs were perfect. Score flattered the Bills.

    If not for Fisher’s stupidity, and to a lesser extent Keenum, and that game was massively different.

  12. spillertime21 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:58 PM

    Aaron donald really brought it after Rex gave him”bill board material”.

    Til shady gashed ’em for 150+

  13. johndavidbootynflmvp69 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:59 PM

    Jeff Fisher will lose next week to put him at 3-3,
    gotta keep it consistent.
    God forbid he go over .500

    Greatest coach in NFL history

  14. jmethane says: Oct 9, 2016 8:00 PM

    Fisher called that fake punt because HE wanted to be the superstar in LA not his team. He needs that contract extension! If it succeeds it is all about him.

  15. realfootballfan says: Oct 9, 2016 8:01 PM

    Whoever gets that job after Fisher is really going to be able to hit the ground running. The Rams are very poorly coached and don’t do anything particularly well.

  16. greglloydrules says: Oct 9, 2016 8:04 PM

    Bills are looking good. The players not the coaches.

  17. eroschmidt says: Oct 9, 2016 8:08 PM

    Counting Sammy Watkins and Reggie Ragland, this is our most talented roster since the Music City Miracle team of ’99…the future looks bright in B-lo…

  18. onlynyteam22 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:14 PM

    The bills who I thought they were. They beat a bad cardinals team, beat down a desperate patriots team, and beat a bad Rams team. I am a diehard Bills fanZ, but let’s all slow down

  19. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2016 8:17 PM

    Thyroid was amazing, did he break 100 yards passing?

  20. YanksBills says: Oct 9, 2016 8:21 PM

    Might be time to pay a little attention to the Bills.

  21. chippys lost binky says: Oct 9, 2016 8:24 PM

    Congrats Buffalo!

  22. eramming says: Oct 9, 2016 8:26 PM

    Back into pumpkin!

  23. imodan says: Oct 9, 2016 8:29 PM

    absolutevisuals says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:46 PM
    “Reality slaps his foolishness away for at least a week when they walk into L.A. Coliseum, chest’s all puffed out, and limp out with tails between legs after losing to the Rams. It’s just what Rex’s teams do.”
    —————————————————————-
    “When I’m wrong I say I’m wrong” I failed to take into account the Jeff Fisher factor. One handed third string QB and Jeff Fisher…….That said the Bills played well. I can’t begrudge the long suffering Bills fans for enjoying the 3-2 start. Winning seasons have been at a premium for so long. Besides I got to respect a person for saving quotes from comment sections just in case they might use them in the future. Myself, I have a life

    Well then

  24. jackedupboonie says: Oct 9, 2016 8:38 PM

    At some point you gotta stop the gimmicks. Rams continue to show their average nature outside of the NFC West.

  25. skoobyfl says: Oct 9, 2016 8:42 PM

    I enjoy having a chance to win every Sunday, no team has been downright better than Buffalo and they are a few plays away from 5-0.

    A bills Fan.

  26. carloswlassiter says: Oct 9, 2016 8:46 PM

    Give the Bills credit – the Rams were at least fired up and on a run of their own.

  27. billsbackto81 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:49 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:17 PM
    Thyroid was amazing, did he break 100 yards passing?
    ——————————————————

    Hey Joe!! Seems like your running out of material. I notice as the Bills keep winning your jokes keep getting more and more pathetic.

    Pretty lame dude, pretty lame. Lets do it again next week shall we. LOL!!

  28. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Oct 9, 2016 8:54 PM

    Jeff Fisher made Rex Ryan look like Vince Lombardi.

    BTW where was Aaron Donald at?!? hhaha

  29. dohczeppelin says: Oct 9, 2016 9:01 PM

    skoobyfl says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:42 PM

    I enjoy having a chance to win every Sunday, no team has been downright better than Buffalo and they are a few plays away from 5-0.

    A bills Fan.
    ____________________________________

    Except the Jets game. We got torched there. Some garbage time action made the final score look respectable but the Bills got a nasty wake up call that game. The fact that the Jets lost all of their other games is… puzzling.

  30. dohczeppelin says: Oct 9, 2016 9:03 PM

    imodan says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:29 PM
    absolutevisuals says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:46 PM
    “Reality slaps his foolishness away for at least a week when they walk into L.A. Coliseum, chest’s all puffed out, and limp out with tails between legs after losing to the Rams. It’s just what Rex’s teams do.”
    —————————————————————-
    “When I’m wrong I say I’m wrong” I failed to take into account the Jeff Fisher factor. One handed third string QB and Jeff Fisher…….That said the Bills played well. I can’t begrudge the long suffering Bills fans for enjoying the 3-2 start. Winning seasons have been at a premium for so long. Besides I got to respect a person for saving quotes from comment sections just in case they might use them in the future. Myself, I have a life

    Well then
    ____________________________

    Don’t talk trash if you don’t want to get called out for it when you’re wrong.

  31. mclennon99 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:10 PM

    As for the Rams, to quote the great Dennis Green (R.I.P.)….
    “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!”

    GREAT game Rex and the Bills….now if we could just play those first two games against the Ravens and Jets over again…

    Two winable games coming up against the 49ers and Dolphins and then the rematch with the Patriots and Grandpa Tom….oooh baby!!!

  32. kingpel says: Oct 9, 2016 9:21 PM

    Can someone get me Jeff Fisher’s record as Rams HC when his teams are favored to win? That seems to be this team’s biggest issue.

  33. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 9, 2016 9:30 PM

    That fake punt was so 7-9, Jeffrey

  34. pabillsfan says: Oct 9, 2016 9:51 PM

    Not excited yet, but it’s nice to be on this winning streak. I want to see how good we are when we get our injured players back. Half our darn team is injured, here’s to hoping we keep this up until we are healthy again! All those pats fan talking about how we only beat them per no tom Brady… ant clue how many players we were missing that game? Including arguably or best in Sammy and Darius. Looking good, but holding my breath

  35. connfyoozed says: Oct 9, 2016 9:56 PM

    As much as it pains me to say it about a team coached by Rex Ryan… at some point soon, we need to start considering the idea that the Bills are playing pretty good football right now. They aren’t winning games by accident.

  36. stevietimmy says: Oct 9, 2016 10:09 PM

    Hey Joeloser. BAH HAH BAH. Joe. Loser. Thank the good lord he doesn’t have a job and we can look forward to more Joeloser comments tonight and through tomorrow. Hey Joeloser, are my tax dollars still paying for your Pepsi and cheesy poofs?

    GO BILLS!

  37. absolutevisuals says: Oct 9, 2016 10:14 PM

    “Besides I got to respect a person for saving quotes from comment sections just in case they might use them in the future. Myself, I have a life”

    Or, you know, just was going through the stories that show up on “sponsored links” and thought that comment was a gem while the Rams gave up a game ending interception. Not even a Bills fan.

  38. exinsidetrader says: Oct 9, 2016 10:15 PM

    Jeff Fisher reminds me of a professional politician in a one-party controlled district — keeps doing nothing but screw up and still keeps his high paying job.

    Seriously, is there not college coach or NFL assistant that can coach and manage a game better than him?

  39. r00tabaga says: Oct 9, 2016 10:38 PM

    Classic Trolltoronto post. Just win baby!
    5-2 and facing Tom Terrific is right around the corner.

    #billsmafia

  40. dohczeppelin says: Oct 9, 2016 10:51 PM

    heroofthisparish says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:57 PM
    Rams had a better offense today. Rams D played it’s normal aggressive defence. STs were perfect. Score flattered the Bills.

    If not for Fisher’s stupidity, and to a lesser extent Keenum, and that game was massively different.
    _______________________________

    Lol, that’s not much of an argument. If the Bills had a better coach and a better QB then the game would have also been massively different, albeit with the same result. In fact, a better coach and QB on any team would probably change things in their favor.

    You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.

  41. back2ebayy says: Oct 9, 2016 11:02 PM

    Hey Bills fans! Ready for another week of everyone else blindly ripping Rex Ryan and his currently #2 ranked defense? (#3 or #4 on PFF i believe) You know, the defense that is STILL missing like 4 starters? While the offense continues to improve each week under Anthony Lynn after the firing of the real buffoon in Buffalo aka Greg Roman? They can say what they want, but not too many coaches would have their teams on a 3 game win streak after being completely trashed by the nation as a “hopeless” trainwreck and ranked 31st after 2 weeks. But hey man, I’ll take it….

  42. canadianbillsfan says: Oct 9, 2016 11:56 PM

    Rams had a better offense today. Rams D played it’s normal aggressive defence. STs were perfect. Score flattered the Bills.

    If not for Fisher’s stupidity, and to a lesser extent Keenum, and that game was massively different.
    _____________________________________

    Or it could just be that the Bills were the better team today.

  43. back2ebayy says: Oct 10, 2016 1:33 AM

    Rams had a better offense today. Rams D played it’s normal aggressive defence. STs were perfect. Score flattered the Bills.

    If not for Fisher’s stupidity, and to a lesser extent Keenum, and that game was massively different.

    —————————————————————-

    Yeah the problem is the Rams were still losing with a few minutes left in the game before all that happened, they just made it worse.

    And it wasn’t like they were driving either. Bills D had just shut them down 3-and-out before the genius decision to fake a punt from their own 15 or wherever it was.

  44. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Oct 10, 2016 2:19 AM

    Well done Bills, yet again. Best of luck at home at your next crack at the Pats.

    Rams prepare for US, year-round. That leaves them no time to prepare for the other teams on their schedule. Thus their routine 7-9 annual finish.

  45. heroofthisparish says: Oct 10, 2016 3:52 AM

    “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.”

    Nothing wrong with the Rams army, the Generals however…

  46. heroofthisparish says: Oct 10, 2016 3:55 AM

    “Or it could just be that the Bills were the better team today.”

    It wasn’t though. For the last 3 weeks the Rams have been the inferior team and won. This week they were better team overall and still found a way to lose.

    Fisherball is a fickle beast.

  47. aaaegs says: Oct 10, 2016 4:07 AM

    Kroenke has doubled his value. Wins and losses mean nothing to this organization.

  48. jaccfrost says: Oct 10, 2016 6:37 AM

    That was some 6-10 ish right there…..

  49. followme2boston says: Oct 10, 2016 7:33 AM

    Rams didn’t have the better offense, they were able to move the ball in between the 20’s a bit and when they needed it badly, they turned the ball over.

    Rams D was embarrassed in the first half and Bills ran all over them. They tightened up a bit in the second half, but not enough. Shady McCoy had his best day as a Bill.

    Bills won the field position game, the turnover game and the penalty game, and in the red zone. Went across the country and won the second in a row on the road.

    Bills defense currently has the leading tackler in the NFL and the guy who has the most sacks in the NFL and neither of them were with the team last year. Both are only playing because of injuries. Next man up!!!!

  50. PegulaBucks says: Oct 10, 2016 8:19 AM

    Aaron Donald was seen holding John Millers jock strap after the game.

  51. PegulaBucks says: Oct 10, 2016 8:21 AM

    @joetoronto

    how is the QB for the Toronto NFL Franchise? I didn’t see them play yesterday, did they have a bye?

    Go Argos!

  52. buffalostarwarsfan says: Oct 10, 2016 12:22 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:17 PM
    Thyroid was amazing, did he break 100 yards passing?

    ——

    Tyrod had more yards passing on his first completion than every Toronto NFL QB in history, COMBINED!

  53. mdintino1420 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:13 PM

    What the hell are the Rams doing wearing white at home? In STL blue was their home jerseys. It will be sweet when they go back to the classic blue and yellow worn before they left for STL.

  54. mdintino1420 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:16 PM

    The Rams will be moving into a mega palace in 2019. The Bills future in Buffalo isn’t secured until they can get a new stadium.

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