The NFC West is a weird dumpster fire and the Los Angeles Rams are dancing atop of it. Few expect that to hold, but for now, Jeff Fisher’s team has a head start on their eventual 7-9 finish. They’ll go into Sunday’s game against the surging Buffalo Bills with plenty of confidence.
Los Angeles will be hosting the game, which will be broadcast by CBS with a kickoff time of 4:25 p.m. ET. A live stream will be available with an online Sunday Ticket subscription.
The Bills were dismayed going into their Week 4 game against the New England Patriots, as their AFC East rivals had managed to win their first three games despite the absence of quarterback Tom Brady. But Rex Ryan’s team managed to shock the world by shutting out the Patriots on the road to climb to 2-2 on the season.
Buffalo now has losses to the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets in their first two games and wins over the Arizona Cardinals and Pariots in their last two games. Things are trending upwards, and with the Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Miami Dolphins comprising their next three games, they are expected to go on a tear before they have to play the Patriots again at the end of October.
But that means getting past the Rams’ defense, which played well against the Cardinals in their last outing, a 17-13 win. They played ... not so well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the previous week, where they allowed 32 points, but they managed to score 37 points in a victory. Finally, they held the rival Seattle Seahawks to just three points in Week 2.
And all of that came after being on the losing end of a 28-0 shutout to the 49ers in Week 1. It’s been a weird season for the Rams, to say the least.
Case Keenum is still going as the Rams starting quarterback, though he’s been largely ineffective. In four games, he has completed 55.4 percent of his passes for 825 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Second-year running back Todd Gurley has been similarly ineffective, rushing for 216 yards on 82 carries, a per-carry average of just 2.6 yards.
Accordingly, the Rams rank 31st in the league in total offense, and 30th in the league in points scored per game at 15.8. Defensively is where they start looking a little better, but not by much. They rank 22nd in the league in yards allowed, but ninth in the league in points allowed per game at 19.0.
Defense is where both of these teams have been playing well. Bills defender Zach Brown wasn’t expected to start until Reggie Ragland blew out his knee in training camp, and he now leads the NFL in tackles through four weeks of play. He had 18 tackles against the Patriots in Week 4, along with two forced fumbles and a sack. The Rams will definitely have to watch out for him on Sunday.
Below is all you need to watch Sunday’s game.
How to Watch Bills vs. Rams on Sunday
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, Calif.
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket