Buffalo Bills Vs Los Angeles Rams Week 1: Both Teams Favor A Passing Attack

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The NFL schedulers picked a great game to kick off the 2022 season with this Thursday Night Football cross-conference matchup between QB Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills and QB Matthew Stafford’s Champion Los Angeles Rams, two pass heavy teams who can also run the ball.

The Bills will travel for the game. However, HC Sean McDermott’s Rams squad leads the series 8-5. They are facing an LA team that just won the Super Bowl and has veteran deep threat Allen Robinson to make room for QB Stafford.

The oddsmakers favor the Bills (-2.5) in this one and the O/U is 52.5 so they expect both offenses to be firing on all cylinders despite this only being Week 1, a perfect reason to bust open that betting kitty and get in on the fun, an exciting way to start this regular NFL season.

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Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams: Predictions

Can Bills’ #1 defense keep the Rams off the field?

Last season, the Buffalo Bills had the #1 defensive squad that was led by DC Leslie Frazier, a tough game planner who now has DE Von Miller on his roster, an 11-year NFL vet who played for the Rams last season for eight games so he should have insights on how to beat them.

The Bills defensive line houses DT Ed Oliver, the former first round draft pick who has posted 12 career sacks in three seasons as well as 117 tackles and 14 QB hits, a lineman who is fast enough to cover passes (8 career PDs) as well as take the ball away from opponents (3 FFs). As important as the Bills’ pass rush is in keeping Rams QB Stafford off the field and at loss, it will also be crucial to cover downfield. Buffalo will begin rookie CB Kaiir Elam who was drafted in the first round from Florida. He will likely contribute immediately.

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Can the Rams’ D-Line make it difficult for Josh Allen, Bills quarterback? Anyone who saw the Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl title in February will remember how crucial L.A.’s defensive tackle Aaron Donald played in that victory. He is arguably the most important player in the league and can make a difference in any game.

Hopefully, Rams DC Raheem has made it clear to DT Donald that he must play the game without having to double-wield the helmets of his opponents like he did during preseason training. This future Hall of Famer is getting assistance with the pass rush along with DE A’Shawn Robinson (NT Greg Gaines)

The Rams D-Line will likely concentrate on getting Bills LT Dion Dawkins

out of the game. This is a crucial battle for the future Hall of Famer, as it impacts how efficient the Bills pass attack.

Bills Key Player: (FS) Micah Hyde

A big part of the Bills’ top ranked defense last year was the contributions made by free safety Micah Hyde, an NFL veteran now in his 10th pro season who spend his first four years in Green Bay until coming to Buffalo in 2017, the same year he was first selected to be in the Pro Bowl.

Hyde earned a Pro Bowl nod last season as well and he is also a 2x Second-team All-Pro who has the size – 6′ 0″ and 197 pounds – and the quickness – he runs a 4. 56 second 40-yard dash – to cover the field, so far with 583 career tackles, 5 sacks, 59 pass deflections, and 22 picks.

Expect Hyde to be useful against the Rams in Week 1 since they have plenty of receiving weapons crossing the field – Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, TE Tyler Higbee – none a problem for this former Iowa standout who is now 31 years old and still ready to play.

Rams Key Player: (WR) Cooper Kupp

Last season was special for LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp, the culmination of a lot of hard work and above the net skill, earning the 2021 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award while getting a First-team All-Pro nod along with helping his team win Super Bowl LVI over the Bengals.

Look at Kupp’s 2021 numbers; the 6′ 2″ 208 pound stellar route runner and pass catcher and tackler eluder with 145 receptions for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 114.5 reception yards per game, all of those stats leading the league for the season among receivers. Now that Allen Robinson is on the Rams roster, the QB of the Rams has more targets than Kupp. The 6′ 2″ 22 pound route runner and pass catcher was a top performer with 12 receptions for 1, yards, touchdowns, and an average of yards, as well.

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