Buffalo Bills' Fourth-Quarter Stampede Continues Against the St Louis Rams

Jeremy Pike@JeremyNPikeCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2008

Weeks Two and Three saw the Buffalo Bills down at the start of the fourth quarter, against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders, respectively, and come back to win both games.

Week Four saw the Bills down once again at the start of the fourth quarter, 14-13, to the St Louis Rams.

To prove the point further, as if two weeks in a row was not enough, Jabari Greer picks off Trent Green on the first play of the fourth quarter and returns it for a touchdown. From that point on, the Bills stampede that has been the fourth quarter continued, winning 31-14.

However, the game was not all good. The Bills defense was handled by the Rams' ground game in the first half, giving up 148 rushing yards. Both of the Rams' touchdowns came on the ground as well. The Bills also did not look good on offense, the offensive line as a whole committing penalties and giving up sacks.

Yet, how can it be when you give up that many rushing yards, have some big plays called back, and yet your team is only down by eight points?

Well, if the Bills had anything to say about it, it was not as bad as it could be.

Second half and fourth-quarter heroics? Check.

Quarterback who makes no mistakes in the fourth quarter and leads the team on quality drives? Check.

Yep, the Cardiac Kids, the Comeback Kids, the Clutch Kids, whatever you want to call them, the Bills are winning games by keeping the game close and taking their game to the next level when it counts.

Each week, it seems that different players are making the clutch plays. Fred Jackson gets the touchdown on the first drive of the second half to bring the Bills within one.

Then queue the defensive playmaking and the fourth-quarter stampede. After the defense was abused in the first half, they stiffened and played like a different defense, getting pressure, making sure tackles, and simply shutting down the Rams. Then Jabari Greer took it upon himself to get the winning score.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Bills' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell dials up a blitz with Paul Posluszny. Jabari Greer reads the route, jumps it, gets the interception, and returns it for a touchdown. From that point on, the Bills did not look back.

Trent Edwards led the Bills on a solid drive and capped it off with a beautiful pass to Lee Evans for the touchdown and looked to him for the following two-point conversion.

The game was simply the tale of two halves, the Rams dominating the first and the Bills dominating the second. The halftime adjustments by the Bills coaching staff made an instant impact with both the offense and defense playing much better than they did in the first half.

Clutch plays have defined the Bills so far, and consequently, they have started hot at 4-0. Next week, they are traveling to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals.