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Buffalo Bills Clear Super Bowl Favorites After Rams Dismantling

Written by TrevStone

Football fans the world over tuned into the 2022 NFL Kick-Off game between the Buffalo Bills and reigning Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams on September 8, and the Bills treated them all to a masterclass. Not only did the Bills come away with the victory, but they also dismantled the Rams and ran out worthy 31-10 winners. Unsurprisingly, punters flocked to the sites listed at Vegas bet online to place wagers on the Bills winning their first-ever Super Bowl ring. Is title talk after one game a little premature?

The Buffalo Bills were favorites for Super Bowl glory before a ball was kicked in anger, thanks to Sean McDermott having a stronger, deeper roster than last season when the Bills impressed. McDermott’s Bills went 11-6 during the regular season, which proved enough to win the AFC East for the ninth time. However, an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional playoffs curtailed the Bills’ season.

The hype surrounding the Bills reached fever pitch as the Bills stepped onto the field at the SoFi Stadium on September 8. Bigging up teams is nothing new in the NFL or any other team sport for that matter, but many experts and pundits worried that the Bills would not be able to live up to the hype surrounding them. How wrong they were.

Bills Score From Their First Drive

The Bills only took one drive to score their first touchdown of the 2022 regular season. The Bills started on their own 25-yard line before embarking on an 11-play drive that saw potential NFL MVP Josh Allen make a short pass to Gabriel Davis, who made 26 yards and his 20th career touchdown.

A 45-yard field goal gave the Bills a ten-point advantage before the Rams began staging a comeback, scoring ten unanswered points to go into the half-time interval level. McDermott must have been disappointed to see his Bills throw away their comfortable lead. Whatever McDermott said in the locker room at half-time worked because his Bills team came out rejuvenated and scored 21 points while shutting out the dangerous Rams in both the third and fourth quarters.

Josh Allen was, once again, exceptional. Allen started his NFL career brilliantly and is getting better with each game. He completed 26 of his 31 passes and passed for 297 yards for three touchdowns. The former Wyoming star quarterback even managed to score a touchdown for himself while rushing for 56 yards from his ten attempts.

Stefon Diggs was the main beneficiary of Allen’s laser-like accuracy, enjoying eight receptions for an impressive 122 yards and one touchdown. However, Allen’s playmaking and decision-making helped Devin Singletary rush for 48 yards for an average of six yards per carry; the Rams had no answer to the Bills’ rushing game and allowed 121 yards on the ground.

Bills’ Defense Made The Rams Offense Look Toothless

Defensively, the Bills were solid and limited the relatively toothless Rams to a meager 243 yards, with only 52 of that yardage coming from the Rams’ rushing game. The Bills’ defense harassed Matthew Stafford like you would not believe; they sacked the 2021 Super Bowl MVP seven times. Sure, Stafford was apparently carrying an injury to the thumb he had previously had surgically repaired, but you can only beat what is put in front of you.

It may be a little early to talk about the Bills becoming Super Bowl champions this season, but it is difficult not to get caught up on the hype train after this controlling performance. On the other hand, the Rams have a lot of work to do if they have any chance of retaining their title. They have now slipped to fifth-favorites thanks, partly, to having no receiving outlet other than the in-form Cooper Kupp. Kupp banked 128 yards from 13 receptions, but no other Rams player registered 40 yards or more.
Week 2 sees the Bills host the Tennessee Titans (0-1) while the Rams welcome the Atlanta Falcons (0-1).

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TrevStone

Trevor 'TrevStone' Uren founded Pro Sports Extra in 2011 at the age of 13. He's hosted a podcast since 14 years old and continues to grow each month! He's currently 24 years old and has interviewed hundreds of professional athletes, business owners, and others who are shining online! Uren has built Pro Sports Extra to over 5M monthly visitors.