The Bills and Rams kickoff the NFL season this Thursday at 8:20pm
The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. NFL football is back this Thursday, and we get an absolute treat for a game. Two of the top teams in the NFL sqaure off in what should be a preview of this upcoming postseason. The Rams will host the Bills in California at SoFi stadium. Currently, the Superbowl favorite Bills are -2.5-point favorites and the over under is set at 52. Football fans can finally rejoice as the best time of the year begins.
Allen and Diggs look to be major factors if the Bills want to defeat the Rams
Players Who Must Show Out
As most of the football community knows by now, Josh Allen has become one of the best quarterbacks in the league. His incredible arm and outstanding mobility make him a defenses worst nightmare. The Rams defense will have their hands full trying to contain this dual threat monster. The Bills will likely rely heavily on Allen’s arm against a potent Rams pass rush.
Next, we have arguably one of the best wide receiver duos in the league. Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis are both shifty and creative when it comes to getting open for their QB. Solidified as the No.1 option for Allen, Diggs had an outstanding year in 2021. Out of sixteen games last season, Diggs compiled nine games with double digit targets averaging 10.3 per game, third in the league. Look for Stefon to be targeted early and often come Thursday night against one of the best corners in the league, Jalen Ramsey. Gabriel Davis has come the unquestioned No.2 in this offense behind Diggs. After a shaky start to 2021, Davis showcased his true skills during the post season. In two games, Davis caught ten balls for 242 yards and an astonishing five touchdowns. Davis will look to continue last seasons’ late success early into the 2022 season.
The Bills defense will look to styme a lethal Rams offense come Thursday night
Bills Secondary Factors
The Bills backfield is not short on talent in the slightest. With returning backs Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, and new draft pick James Cook, the Bills backfield has become quite crowded. All of these running backs are talented and will be cycled through during different scenarios in games. Singletary figures to be the first and second down back while Cook expels him on third down. Moss will normally be put in for goal line work within the five. With all the rotating, it will be hard for these backs to get into a groove during games. Also, since the Rams’ defense ranks fifth overall against the run, the Bills may lean towards Allen and his arm.
Dawson Knox is another benefactor of the Bills’ pass heavy scheme. The tight end out of Mississippi is a large body for Allen to target in the redzone. This was shown in 2021 where Knox had nine touchdowns, tied for ninth in the league among tight ends. With defenses prioritizing Davis and Diggs, Knox could fly under the radar against the Rams’ defense.
In 2021, the Bills defense was elite, and it’s only gotten better. Last year, the Bills defense led the league in SEVEN different categories. Not to mention the addition of Von Miller, likely hall of fame linebacker from free agency. The Bills also kept majority of their stars in the secondary such as Tre’Davious White and Micah Hyde. Buffalo’s defense is going to have their work cut out for them against a potent Rams offense. This defense should be sending constant pressure on Matthew Stafford, forcing him to make errors. While it is likely the Rams will score points, it’s the bend don’t break mentality the Bills have grown accustomed to that will win them this football game.