Buffalo Bills (3-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-3)
Sunday, September 28, 2008 4:05 PM EST
I had to dig a little into the archives for these match-ups, as Buffalo Bills/St. Louis Rams contests don't occur very often. The good news, however, is that the Bills hold a 4-1 edge in the last five meetings and are averaging over 35 points per game in the process. The Bills even outscored the Rams 179-104 in those contests.
October 16, 1989: Bills 23, Rams 20
I'm sure Brian remembers this game well. The L.A. Rams, led by Jim Everett, pulled ahead with a 78 yard pass to Willie "Flipper" Anderson, but the Bills come right back with an 8 yard pass and catch from Frank Reich to Andre Reed to give them the win. The Bills finished 9-7 and made the playoffs, but got bounced in the first round by the Browns. The Rams finished 11-5 and made it all the way to the NFC Championship game, where they got smacked by the 49ers.
September 6, 1992: Bills 40, Rams 7
This game was the Thurman Thomas show. Thurman rushed for 103 and scored 4 touchdowns. The late Mitch Frerotte even pulled in a TD grab as the Bills rolled over the Rams. The Bills finished that year 11-5 on their way to their third straight Super Bowl, while the Rams finished 6-10, which tied the Falcons for last place in the old NFC West.
December 10, 1995: Bills 45, Rams 27
Mark Rypien throws for 372 yards, hitting Issac Bruce early and often (9 catches, 136 yards), but the Bills run roughshod over the Rams to the tune of 222 yards rushing, (Thurman had 129 and Darick Holmes had 90 with 2 scores). Steve Tasker even got into the action on offense with 2 TD grabs. The Bills finish 10-6, losing to the Steelers in the divisional playoffs. The Rams finished 7-9.
September 20, 1998: Rams 34, Bills 33
Antowain Smith has a nice game, running for 118 yards, and Rob Johnson was 18-28 for 231 yards. But Greg Hill goes for 168 and 2 TDs, and Tony Banks scores on a 2 yard QB sneak at the 14:49 mark to give the Rams the W. The Bills finished 10-6 and got bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Dolphins. The win for the Rams was their first of only four all year.
November 21, 2004: Bills 37, Rams 17
This was the game of Mark Campbell's career. He finished with only 4 catches for 37 yards but 3 of them were for touchdowns. Add in a Nate Clements 86-yard punt return for a TD and the Bills cruise to an easy victory. The Bills finished 9-7 and the Rams go 8-8 making it all the way to the divisional round where they got bounced by the Falcons 47-17.