For the first time in 16 years, the Buffalo Bills are 4-0. Unlike the previous two weeks, there was no need for late-game heroics to keep them unbeaten.
Jabari Greer's 33-yard interception return on the first play of the fourth quarter was the go-ahead score in an 18-point fourth-quarter salvo that finished off the surprisingly competitive, go-for-broke St. Louis Rams.
After three blowout losses to open the season and amid rumors he might be fired during the team's bye week, Rams coach Scott Linehan benched quarterback Marc Bulger in favor of 38-year-old Trent Green. Linehan had six new starters in all, four on defense.
The shakeup worked for a while, but St. Louis (0-4) still suffered its 17th loss in the last 20 games.
Buffalo60718-31St. Louis7700-14 First Quarter
Buf-FG Lindell 45, 11:26.
StL-Avery 37 run (Brown kick), 8:37.
Buf-FG Lindell 35, 3:06.
StL-Jackson 29 run (Brown kick), 13:41.
Buf-Jackson 22 run (Lindell kick), 9:27.
Buf-Greer 33 interception return (Lindell kick), 14:48.
Buf-Evans 39 pass from Edwards (Evans pass from Edwards), 10:24.
Buf-FG Lindell 45, 6:21.
BufStLFirst downs1416Total Net Yards277380Rushes-yards31-11129-167Passing166213Punt Returns5-781-8Kickoff Returns3-976-144Interceptions Ret.1-331-19Comp-Att-Int15-25-117-33-1Sacked-Yards Lost4-312-23Punts6-44.85-56.2Fumbles-Lost1-01-1Penalties-Yards5-355-50Time of Possession31:2828:32 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING-Buffalo, Lynch 19-57, Jackson 7-46, Edwards 5-8. St. Louis, Jackson 24-110, Avery 1-37, D.Hall 2-13, Leonard 2-7.
PASSING-Buffalo, Edwards 15-25-1-197. St. Louis, Green 17-32-1-236, D.Hall 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING-Buffalo, Reed 4-47, Lynch 4-24, Jackson 3-9, Evans 2-88, Schouman 1-21, Royal 1-8. St. Louis, Jackson 5-78, Holt 4-65, Avery 3-22, Looker 2-37, McMichael 2-26, Klopfenstein 1-8.
MISSED FIELD GOALS-St. Louis, Brown 51 (WR).