If there was any doubt in regards to the Buffalo Bills’ aspirations this season, they laid out an early marker on Thursday night time in Los Angeles.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw three touchdowns, and ran for one more, as they used an enormous second half to run away from the stuttering Rams.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs completed with 122 receiving yards and one landing, with Gabe Davis and Isaiah McKenzie additionally catching landing passes.
While the Bills offense hummed, it was really Buffalo protection which stole the present.
They intercepted Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford thrice in addition to hitting him 15 occasions, together with seven sacks.
It was a very significant victory for Bills linebacker Von Miller who, after successful the Super Bowl final yr with the Rams, signed for the Bills within the offseason. Miller completed Thursday’s win with two sacks and three tackles for a loss.
According to the NFL, the 21-point loss by the Rams was the second-largest margin of defeat ever for a defending Super Bowl champion, only one level fewer than the Baltimore Ravens’ 22-point loss in opposition to the Denver Broncos in 2013 in what was Peyton Manning’s first sport with the Broncos.
And regardless of the emphatic win, Diggs mentioned the group isn’t getting too forward of themselves simply but, pointing to errors made – together with two misplaced fumbles – as causes to stay targeted.
“I wouldn’t actually say it was a signature win. I’d say it was the primary sport,” Diggs said afterwards. “Because folks win their first sport and might lose each final one in all them after that.
“So attempt to not experience that wave. We did some good issues, we had 4 turnovers. Four turnovers can price you the sport. Luckily, our protection, they stepped up, they performed a hell of a sport. We bought to proceed to get higher on offense. We did some good issues however bought to get again within the lab.”
Seven months after the final NFL motion, the league is lastly again. And seven months after successful February’s Super Bowl, the Rams returned.
As is custom for the reigning champions, the gamers and the followers have been capable of get pleasure from a second to rejoice final season’s title success, seeing their commemorative championship banner lifted into the rafters of SoFi Stadium.
However, regardless of the constructive environment within the stadium, it was the touring facet who set the tone from minute one.
An 11-play, 75-yard, five-minute drive from the Buffalo offense took the wind out of the stadium as Davis walked into the tip zone.
Although the scores have been tied at half time – Stafford connecting along with his star receiver Cooper Kupp to stage the sport – the second half was a extra one-sided affair.
Three straight touchdowns on three straight possessions for the Bills, with the Rams’ offense struggling to maneuver the ball, constructed up an emphatic lead.
Kupp, coming off a historic triple crown season final yr – main the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns – completed with a powerful stat line, ending with 13 receptions and 128 yards in addition to the landing, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient for the subdued Rams.
Afterwards, Rams head coach Sean McVay – who signed a contract extension together with normal supervisor Les Snead within the hours beforehand – took accountability for the flat efficiency.
“We weren’t able to go, I take plenty of satisfaction in that, and that’s on me,” McVay told reporters.
“I’ve bought to do higher, there have been plenty of selections that I made that I felt like didn’t put our gamers in ok spots. This was a humbling expertise, however we’re going to remain linked, we’re going to look inward, we’re going to do a greater job of transferring ahead, however you give credit score to the Bills, after which we’ve bought to know that we’ve bought to have that mindset and mentality to have the ability to transfer ahead accordingly.”