V-Ry the Sports Guy looks at each area of the Buffalo Bills after a 31-10 win over the Rams and a look ahead to the games today and the Bills on Monday night.
Bills Demolish Rams in Season Opener
Inglewood CA – Bills Mafia descended upon SoFi Stadium in Inglewood California Thursday night to kickoff the NFL season. The matchup featured the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams hosting the Super Bowl favorite Buffalo Bills. The Bills looked downright dominant in a complete dismantling of the Rams in route to a 31-10 victory. It was the first season opening loss for Rams head coach Sean McVay who called the defeat “humbling.”
Josh Allen is a Beast
Josh Allen played up to the MVP expectations, exhibiting poise and command of the offense. Allen finished the contest 26-31 (83.7%) for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air, as well as adding 56 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. First year offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey called an incredible game, utilizing Allen’s immense skillset and continually putting him in position to succeed.
The Bills wide receiver group was as good as advertised with 3 total touchdowns in the game. All-Pro receiver Stefon Diggs led the way with 8 receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. The Bills receivers torched Rams All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey all night with 6 receptions for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns for a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
The Bills ran the ball effectively throughout the game with a total of 121 yards on the ground. Running back Devin Singletary is the clear cut number one, running with decisiveness and power. Unfortunately, the Bills other backs put the ball on the ground, including rookie ball-carrier James Cook who fumbled on his first professional carry.
Monsters of the Midway
The Bills pass rush was the story of the game, tallying 7 sacks and 15 quarterback hits. Every quarterback pressure came on a four man rush, the defense did not blitz on a single snap. Free agent acquisition Von Miller had 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss in his much anticipated return to Los Angeles. The interior defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the contest, consistently pushing the pocket. Free agent signee Jordan Phillips led the way with 1.5 sacks and 5 quarterback hits.
The biggest unknown for the Bills heading into the regular season was the youth and inexperience at the cornerback position. After the performance of the secondary versus the Rams, any concerns can now be put to rest. Rookie cornerback Christian Benford got the start on the outside and didn’t allow a touchdown in his first live NFL action; not bad for a 6th-round pick from Villanova. On the other side, Dane Jackson didn’t surrender a touchdown either, he also came down with 1 of the defenses 3 interceptions.
What to Watch
The regular season for the rest of the NFL gets underway today at 1:00 PM and culminates with Monday Night Football at 8:20 PM. The Bills are back in action on Monday September 18th at 8:20 PM. The team plays host to the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football from Highmark Stadium.