Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams/Bills: Seven for Sunday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams/Bills: Seven for Sunday

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SUPER MARIO

For the most part, Rams RT Barry Richardson has done an admirable job run-blocking this season, but has experienced some hiccups in pass protection. With that in mind, he has a huge challenge in front of him in the form of DE Mario Williams. The No. 1 overall draft pick by Houston in 2006, Williams signed a six-year, $96 million mega-deal with the Bills last offseason in free agency. Slowed by an early-season wrist injury, Williams has been playing up to that contract lately with five sacks in his last three games.

HELLO FITZ

Only eight quarterbacks have thrown more touchdown passes than former Ram Ryan Fitzpatrick this season (20); but only nine have thrown more interceptions (12). The Bills are 26th in passing yards and Fitzpatrick, who lacks great arm strength, doesnt complete a lot of downfield throws. Its a quick-passing scheme, often out of spread formations. That scheme, plus Fitzpatricks maneuverability in the pocket, helps explain why the Bills have allowed only 20 sacks, the sixth-lowest total in the league.

RECEIVING OPTIONS

The Bills lack playmakers and explosiveness in their receiver corps. But fifth-year pro Stevie Johnson, who has been slowed by a hamstring injury, is one of the leagues better possession receivers and route runners. Hes as good a route runner as weve seen, Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis said. That makes him the kind of pass-catcher who can give a young inexperienced corner trouble. (Janoris Jenkins beware.) TE Scott Chandler has a nose for the end zone with a team-high six receiving TDs.

LINE WOES

The offensive line has been one of the Bills strengths, but not this week. C Eric Wood, the teams best o-lineman, is out (knee injury). Starting RG Kraig Urbik moves over to Woods center spot and David Snow comes off the bench to play right guard in his first NFL start. …

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