Buffalo Bills make statement by defeating defending champion Los Angeles Rams

INglewood, CA – The Buffalo Bills beat Super Bowl holders Los Angeles Rams 31-10 as the NFL season kicks off Thursday night at Sofi Stadium.

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After entering the first half in a tie at 10, the Bills–Super Bowl favorites of every Caesars Sportsbook–served in full force in the second half, scoring touchdowns on three consecutive possessions, while forcing two balls and a middle interception. Matthew Stafford Twice in the second half alone.

Despite two objections in the first half – one bounced off the wide receiver Isaiah Mackenzie – Quarterback Josh Allen He led the way, completing 26 of 33 passes (83.9%) for 297 yards and three touchdowns. His completion percentage broke the regular season record for the Bills, previously set by Trent Edwards in 2008. Allen was also the team leader with nine campaigns for 57 yards and points.

Promising direction: Bills’ defensive line looks strong, and by Miller No rust appears. quarterback Matthew Stafford He was not fired seven times cram before Thursday night’s game and five players contributed sacks. Miller had two bags, two quarterback hits and three handlers to lose. The group succeeded even without her Ed Oliver On the field, he sustained an ankle injury.

pivotal play: Billing began in the fourth quarter by connecting the Allen to a wide receiver Gabe Davis On the 47-yard lane that put the offense in the red. Allen ran a touchdown three times later, extending Buffalo’s lead to two touchdowns. – Alaina Getzenberg

Statistics not estimated to find out: Buffalo is 20-1 in the last 21 games where Allen has had a pass and a quick touchdown.

Next match: Against the Titans (7:15 p.m. ET, Sept. 19)

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In all training camps, Matthew Stafford had to answer questions about elbow pain in his right arm. The Rams quarterback played down the injury, and coach Sean McVeigh said Stafford was throwing the ball “excellently” during training.

But in the loss to the Bills on Thursday night, Stafford struggled, completing 29 of 41 passes for 240 yards with touchdowns and three interceptions. It has a pass rating of 63.1. The Rams only had one drive with double-digit plays – the long drive downhill – and Los Angeles 6-for-13 was third.

worrying trend: Stafford has been sacked seven times by the Bills, including the first night by his former teammate, Von Miller. The seven sacks are the most sacks Stafford has taken since he was traded to Los Angeles in 2021. The Rams had replaced their offensive streak this off season, including left-hander Andrew Whitworth, who retired after the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win.

pivotal play: Throughout the week, Rams players have talked about how difficult it is to deal with Bills midfielder Josh Allen, including Aaron Donald Saying, “He’s using his stiff arm to try to separate the ball from the ball.” Los Angeles saw it closely on Thursday at 3rd and 7th, one play after a false start at the Bills. Allen extended the drive with his legs, ran eight yards for a hardened rams safety Nick Scott in the play. That play extended to a campaign that ended in landing Isaiah McKenzie, which ended up winning the Buffalo game.

Bold predictions for the week ahead: Wide receiver Allen Robinson catches touchdown passes against the Atlanta Falcons. Yes, Robinson was only targeted twice against the Bills (he had one catch for 12 yards in the second quarter), but the Rams’ attack struggled as a whole. The rams will come out swinging against the hawks, and Robinson will be the benefactor. – Sarah Barshop

Statistics not estimated to find out: McVeigh had never lost a season opener or been under 0.500 in his career as a coach, until Thursday night.

Next match: Against the Hawks (4:05 p.m. ET, Sept. 18)