The 5-6-1 Rams are heading to Buffalo this weekend to play the 5-7 Buffalo Bills. These two teams are similar in the sense that they are both rebuilding teams, they have both been struggling with injuries, and they have some inexperienced players back filling for the injuries. Earlier this week I shared some top level stats for both teams and I will re-post them here:
From the ranking we see the Bills total offense is better than the Rams’ and the Rams total defense is better than Bills’. The key to the Bills offensive ranking has been RB CJ Spiller who currently has rushed 137 times for 907 yards which equates to 6.6 yards per carry. He leads the category for all running backs (QB Robert Griffin III has an average of 6.8 yards per carry). However Spiller might have a tough time on Sunday since Bills starting RT Hairston has been moved to IR. Plus, the Rams rush defense is no joke holding the 49ers Frank Gore to a measly 23-58 (2.5 per carry) and a TD.
It is very important for the Rams to get their own rushing game going. The Bills rushing defense is ranked at the bottom of the league which is a prime opportunity for running backs Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson. This season Jackson has been called on 195 times and has gained 772 yards (4 yards per carry). The Rams’ offense has been stagnant in general. Last week against the Niners the offense only contributed 6 points. Rams coaches need to give their rushing tandem a lot of touches.
As far as passing, this year the Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed 228 of 373 for 2,471. his completion percentage is 61% and his QB Rating is 85.1. Sam Bradford on the other hand has completed 236 of 388 for 2,668. His pass completion percent is also 61% and he has a QB Rating of 83.8. The Bills WR Stevie Johnson was limited in today’s practice and the Rams star WR Danny Amendola is questionable for playing in Sunday’s game. So, like I said, these teams overall are pretty equal.
As always it will come down to who is better prepared, who executes, and who wants the win more. The Rams need to continue their tough defensive play and get something going on offense. This game is a minor crossroads game for the Rams. They either continue building and improving as we’ve seen over the last 2 games (which would bring their record back to .500) or they take a step backwards. This game is winnable. Let’s do this. Go Rams!!!