Let’s rank the Bills’ big second-half plays in Sunday’s 30-19 victory over the Los Angeles Rams:
1. Nickell Robey-Coleman’s 41-yard interception return for a touchdown.
2. Ronald Darby’s tackle of Bradley Marquez on the Rams’ fake punt attempt late in the fourth quarter.
3. Kyle Williams drawing a holding penalty on Rams guard Rodger Saffold with the Rams facing a first-and-goal situation from the Buffalo 8. That ultimately forced the Rams to settle for a field goal.
4. Tyrod Taylor’s backpedaling throw to Marquise Goodwin to beat a Ram blitz for a 6-yard touchdown. Savvy play from the pocket by the Bills QB.
Let’s give the Rams some credit. They played a smart game and looked like a 3-1 team. (Now they're 3-2.) They didn’t try to pound Todd Gurley into the Bills’ line on first down. They spread the Bills out and had some semblance of offensive success, given the fact they have big limitations (a shaky O-line and a rag-armed QB).
But the Bills are a better team, and they showed it. The Bills had the biggest star on the field – LeSean McCoy – and the Bills had the far superior quarterback.
The stats show Taylor was only 12 of 23 for 124 yards but he played a solid game. His elusiveness in the pocket created plays for the Bills and kept the offense moving.
Hey, the Bills’ offense has limitations without Sammy Watkins. We all know it. Taylor completed only four balls to wide receivers. But let’s worry about that another day. The Rams have a solid, sound defense (even without some starters due to injury).
Let’s give Rex Ryan some coaching credit, too.
He cut Manny Lawson before the start of the season. We all think Lawson’s problems with a domestic violence incident were a big factor. But Ryan said at the time that Lorenzo Alexander’s emergence made him feel good about the move.
Lo and behold (pun intended), Alexander has seven sacks in five games. Who saqw that coming?
And let’s give Ryan and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman credit for having the players fully ready for the fake punt the Rams tried at the end. Even if Darby hadn’t made the play, Walt Powell was all over it and might have made the tackle. The Bills were ready for it.
Any win on the road is a good win. A West Coast win is particularly good. The Bills have won three straight for the first time in more than five years.
The Bills come home to play a reeling San Francisco 49ers team. Time for Bills fans to enjoy a feel-good run-up to the next game.