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Preview: Rams at Bills


Buffalo kept its faint playoff hopes alive with a 34-18 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The Bills will try to make it two wins in a row for the second time this season when they host the Rams at Orchard Park. Buffalo is fighting an uphill battle trying to corral the final wild card slot and break its 12-year playoff drought, which is the longest in the NFL.

St. Louis shocked San Francisco in overtime last week, marking the second time this season the Rams took the powerful 49ers into overtime. After tying the Niners a few weeks ago, big-footed Greg Zuerlein booted a 54-yard field goal to lift St. Louis to its second straight win. Following an 0-4-1 stretch, the Rams have refused to throw in the towel under Jeff Fisher and are attempting to earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2004.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Bills -3, O/U 42

ABOUT THE RAMS (5-6-1): CB Janoris Jenkins has scored three TDs in the past two games, more than the offense has generated. QB Sam Bradford remains inconsistent and his top target, Danny Amendola, is once again questionable with a foot injury. Amendola still leads the team in receiving despite missing nearly six games with assorted injuries. St. Louis took advantage of two mistakes by inexperienced QB Colin Kaepernick in last week’s 16-13 win, turning one of them into a touchdown and the other into a safety. The Rams have not won three straight since the final three games of 2006.

ABOUT THE BILLS (5-7): Despite running behind a makeshift offensive line, the Bills gained a season-best 232 rushing yards last Sunday. Fred Jackson ran for 109 yards and C.J. Spiller finished with 77, including an explosive a 44-yard TD run. A once-porous defense has also improved. In the past three weeks Buffalo has allowed just 244.0 yards per game. They now rank 24th in total defense, up several spots in the league rankings. But mounting injuries are a major concern on both sides of the ball. Center Eric Wood is out for at least two weeks and top WR Stevie Johnson (left hamstring) and two top cornerbacks are questionable.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Rams have not won back-to-back games on the road since the middle of the 2010 season.

2. Buffalo is 3-2 at home this season.

3. St. Louis has 13 sacks in the past four games.

PREDICTION: Rams 24, Bills 21

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Last Injuries

Buffalo Bills

  • E.J. Gaines

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Gaines has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Voluntary Opt-Out list after informing the organization that he is sitting out of the 2020 season.

  • Jon Feliciano

    Pectoral
    out for season | out

    Feliciano is recovering from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and he is likely to miss the duration of the 2020 season.

  • Dane Jackson

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jackson will spend an uncertain length of time on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list after a positive test.

  • Siran Neal

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Neal has wound up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain when he will get back on the field.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Marqui Christian

    Suspension
    Elig Week 3 | out

    Christian has been handed a two-game suspension for an unspecified reason. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Week 3 versus the Falcons.

  • Chandler Brewer

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Brewer has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he is going to sit out the entire 2020 season based upon a personal decision.

  • Terrell Lewis

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lewishas landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will be until it is safe for him to get back on the field.

  • Michael Hoecht

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hoecht is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.