LOS ANGELES – It's been nearly 33 years since the Buffalo Bills last played the Rams in Los Angeles.
Vince Ferragamo threw three touchdown passes, two of which went to Preston Dennard, and the Rams pulled away late for a 41-17 victory over the Joe Ferguson-led Bills on Nov. 27, 1983 in Anaheim Stadium.
Fast forward to this year, and the Bills and Rams come into Sunday's game both riding winning streaks. Buffalo has won its last two after a disappointing 0-2 start, while the Rams have ripped off three straight wins after an abysmal effort in a 28-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener.
Here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s game, plus five things to watch for:
• TV: CBS. Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play by play), Rich Gannon (color analyst).
• Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy (play by play), Mark Kelso (color analyst).
• Series history: Bills lead, 6-5. Last meeting: Dec. 10, 2012 – 15-12 Rams' win at Buffalo. The Bills and Rams last played in Los Angeles on Oct. 23,
• Milestone watch: Running back Reggie Bush needs 3 yards from scrimmage to reach 9,000 for his career.
• Uni watch: The Bills are going with blue jerseys and white pants against the Rams.
• Did you know? Bills quarterbacks have not had big days against the Rams. The series high for single-game passing yards is just 247, by Ryan Fitzpatrick on Dec. 19, 2012.
• Next up: The Bills host the struggling San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field.
Here are five things to watch for against the Rams:
1. Which defensive line will perform better? The strength of the Rams is their defensive front, featuring Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers, among others. Quinn and Brockers, though, are questionable for the game because of injuries. The Bills' defensive line was scheduled to get a big boost from the return of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, but that might not happen now after he suffered a hamstring injury in Friday's practice. That means Corbin Bryant should continue on in a starting role. He's been a reliable veteran for the Bills, but he's not Dareus.
2. Can the Bills keep Todd Gurley down? The Rams' second-year running back has frustrated fantasy owners this season, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. Of course, running behind an offensive line that's mediocre at best and playing with a quarterback who doesn't scare opposing defenses means Gurley has plenty of attention paid to him.
3. Which USC product will shine? The Bills have four players from Southern California on their roster – running back Reggie Bush, wide receiver Robert Woods and cornerbacks Kevon Seymour and Nickell Robey-Coleman. Undoubtedly, playing in the Coliseum again will be special for all of them. With Corey White out, the Bills will be down to four cornerbacks, so the opportunity for Robey-Coleman and/or Seymour to step up with a big play will be there. The same is true of Woods, who is the team's No. 1 receiver with Sammy Watkins out.
4. Will it be the Tyrod or Shady show? The Bills' best offensive player through the first month of the season has been running back LeSean McCoy. It stands to reason, then, that defenses would do whatever it takes to take him out of the game as much as possible. If that's the Rams' approach, quarterback Tyrod Taylor has to step up for the Bills. Taylor played his best game of the season last week against New England, but so far has been inconsistent this year.
5. Can the Bills find the same desperation they had after an 0-2 start? Rex Ryan has shown he can coach when his back is against the wall. The Bills have responded to that miserable start with back-t0-back must-have wins, but they won't mean much if they lose to a Rams team that, on paper, has inferior talent. To truly get back into the playoff race, the Bills have to stack wins. Considering they haven't had a three-game winning streak since the start of the 2011 season, that's no easy task.