ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- With a little help from Buffalo's
special teams, Drew Bledsoe answered his critics.
It was a dominating effort by a Buffalo team (4-6) that has won
four straight at home, but was coming off its worst outing of the
season, a 29-6 loss at New England.
The three touchdowns were the most Bledsoe's thrown since he had
three in Buffalo's 38-21 win over Miami on Dec. 1, 2002.
Bledsoe was so good his 160 yards passing in the first half were
more than he had in 10 of his previous 23 games. And he got his
213th career touchdown pass, moving into 19th place ahead of Terry
Bradshaw and Y.A. Tittle.
After spotting the Rams a 10-0 first-quarter lead on their first
two possessions, the Bills held St. Louis to 98 yards and no points
in the second half, and intercepted Marc Bulger three times.
And Buffalo's special teams continued to shine. Clements' score
was Buffalo's fourth touchdown return of the season, and second in
consecutive games after Jonathan Smith returned a punt 70 yards for
a score against the Patriots.
This was not the effort the Rams were expecting after taking the
NFC West lead with last weekend's 23-12 win over Seattle.
St. Louis (5-5) has now lost three of its last four, all three
losses against AFC East opponents.
This performance might have been worse than their loss to Miami,
and could lead to another public outburst from coach Mike Martz,
who chewed out his team following a 40-22 loss to New England on
The Rams unraveled completely at the start of the third quarter
with the game tied at 17. The Bills scored 20 points in the
quarter, 17 in a 5:40 span.
After the Rams went three and out on their first possession of
the half, Smith returned a punt 53 yards to the St. Louis 5.
Bledsoe hit Campbell over the middle for a touchdown on the next
After another three and out, Clements caught the punt at the
right hash and burst untouched up the right sideline, somersaulting
into the end zone from the 1.
The Rams' Erik Flowers then muffed Buffalo's short kickoff,
which the Bills recovered at the St. Louis 31, leading to Rian
Lindell's 35-yard field goal.
Any chances of a Rams comeback ended when Bulger marched St.
Louis 65 yards to the Bills 2 early in the fourth quarter. But
defensive tackle Sam Adams batted a pass at the line of scrimmage
and then caught it in a crowd.
Campbell also caught TD passes of 19 and 10 yards for the first
three-TD game of his career, and finished with four catches for 37
Willis McGahee rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries, the fourth
100-yard game of his career -- all coming in Bills victories this
The Rams' already young and troubled secondary was depleted
further by injuries. Starting cornerback Travis Fisher and backup
DeJuan Groce did not return after sustaining knee injuries in the
first quarter. And fourth cornerback Kevin Garrett did not return
after taking a blow to the head in the third quarter.
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