By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Former Rams great Eric Dickerson once played a game in New York that had a 12:00 kick-off time. During the pre-game warm-up he found himself doing something very unusual. “I was stretching and I caught myself yawning not just once but a few times.” This was due to playing on Eastern Standard Time.
That’s about what the L.A. Rams appeared to do for two and a half quarters this past week as they traveled to Buffalo for their second of back to back East Coast games. The team was confident they could make adjustments with the two-time zone change as the did against the Eagles the previous week.
After trailing by 21-3 at the half and as much as 28-3 in the third period. The Rams (2-1) showed the grit and toughness of a championship team before falling by a 35-32 score. They got it together as Jared Goff led a comeback of 25-points, it’s largest come back the clubs history.
“I did a terrible job of putting us in some terrible situations earlier in the game,“ said head coach Sean McVay. “I make no excuses about it, our guys ended up responding when we made some adjustments.
During the first half Bills QB Josh Allen was eluding Ram defenders with ease. “He’s a big strong kid,” said head coach Sean McVay. “His ability to extend plays is one of his elite traits and he keeps his eyes downfield.”
Allen ran for rushed for 8 yards while connecting on 24 of 33 passes for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns including the game winner with 15 seconds left.
In the third with the score 28-10 it was a John Johnson III interception that got it going for L.A. Bills tight end Tyler Kroft leaped in the air and caught an Allen pass. On the way to the ground both players tussled for the ball it was taken away by Johnson something that replay later confirmed.
“All we need was a jump-start,” said Robert Woods who had his first receiving touchdown of the year.
After the interception the Rams then went 59 yards on three plays capped off with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Geoff to Robert Woods that made it 28-17.
Early in the fourth Goff completed a 10 play 97-yard drive by hitting Cooper Kupp on a 16 yards pass. Goff was clutch on the drive completing third down passes to Kupp for 17 yards on third and eleven and to Woods for 31 yards on a third and eight. Goff then hit Higbee on the 2-point conversion to make it 28-25. Woods also had a 31-yard rush on the drive.
Darrell Henderson led a ground game with 114 yards on 20 carries Kupp led all receivers with nine catches for 107 yards. Woods finished with 5 for 74 yards.
With the score 28-10 the defense slowed the Bills (3-0) on the next three possessions with the Johnson interception a three and out and a sack-fumble recovery by Aaron Donald.
The defense gave up 375 yards of offense. That’s the lowest it’s had all year. Troy Hill had a team high 8 tackles followed by Taylor Rapp and Johnson with 7 each Donald had six including five solo with two sacks.
RAM NOTES: Darrell Henderson got his first career start-his 114 yards was his first career 100-yard game. Goff 321 yards passing was his 20th tying Jim Everett for third in franchise history for 300-yard games… Robert Woods TD catch was his 26th of the career. He had 74 receiving yards and 3 carries a for 30 yards giving him 104 yards of total offense for the game. Aaron Donald had 2 sacks and a forced fumble which was career 16th. The Rams only had 3 penalties for 30 yards it’s the 3rd straight game with 5 or less.