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Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills Pick & Prediction SEP 27TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXRalph Wilson Stadium Orchard Park

463Los Angeles Rams
464Buffalo Bills

OP
45
-3
CU
45o -118
-1.5 -115
ML
-195
165
Partials
1 2 3 4
0 3 14 15
7 14 7 7
Score
32
35
Recap

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If it is too early to call the Los Angeles Rams' visit to face the Buffalo Bills a marquee matchup, then at least it is an early-season showdown of teams maximizing their potential.

 

The teams from opposite coasts and conferences will meet Sunday sharing a common 2-0 record that has them atop their respective divisions.

 

The Bills reside atop the AFC East, already a game ahead of the new-look New England Patriots and two up on the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.

 

The Rams have company atop the NFC West, but it is a division that is not unfolding as planned. The San Francisco 49ers are 1-1 and in the thick of some serious injury issues. The Rams are instead tied for first place with both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals.

 

The Bills' 58 points scored after Week 2 are third most in the AFC behind the Las Vegas Raiders (68) and the Baltimore Ravens (71).

 

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen leads the NFL with 729 passing yards, thanks to the fourth most completions (57). His six touchdown passes are tied for second most, while he has yet to throw an interception.

 

Allen was 24 of 35 for 415 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-28 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday. Allen earned AFC Player of the Week honors for his performance.

 

"(The receivers) are willing to do whatever it takes to win the game," said Allen, who called his award this week more of a team honor.

 

"They understand that we're going to throw the ball and they're going to have their opportunities and they're going to take advantage of their opportunities."

 

Stefon Diggs' transition to his first season at Buffalo, after five years with the Minnesota Vikings, has gone well with a team-best 16 receptions for 239 yards and a touchdown. John Brown has 10 catches for 152 yards and two TDs, while Cole Beasley has nine catches for 128 yards.

 

The Rams' pass defense has been tested to the tune of 82 attempts by opposing QBs, tied for sixth most in the NFL. It seems less a sign of a perceived weakness and more the result of early leads against both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

 

The Rams have surrendered 486 passing yards, around the middle of the pack in the NFL, but just 6.2 yards per attempt (third best) and a 73.2 opponents' passer rating (second best).

 

Linebacker Micah Kiser was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a team-high 16 tackles with a forced fumble in a 37-19 victory over the Eagles on Sunday. His 17 solo tackles are the most in the NFL.

 

While Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff is showing Pro Bowl potential again after a down 2019, the Rams' rushing attack has been instrumental to their hot start.

 

With Todd Gurley now at Atlanta, the Rams have the third most rushing yards in the NFL at 344. They also have the second most rushing attempts behind a trio of backs: Malcolm Brown (29 carries, 126 yards), rookie Cam Akers (17, 52) and Darrell Henderson Jr. (15, 87).

 

Henderson had 81 yards and a touchdown on Sunday after Akers left the game early with a rib injury.

 

"As a back, once you get your rhythm and your momentum, you feel like nobody (can) stop you," Henderson said. "... My mindset for every game is you never know when (opportunities are) going to happen."

 

Akers (ribs) and Brown (finger) did not practice Wednesday. Cornerback Darious Williams (Achilles) also was out. Left guard Joe Noteboom (calf) is expected to go on injured reserve.

 

The Bills had a full injury report Wednesday. Players who did not practice: Beasley (hip/thumb), cornerback Taron Johnson (groin), tight end Dawson Knox (concussion), rookie running back Zack Moss (toe), defensive tackle Ed Oliver (knee) and linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips (quad). Players limited: linebackers Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder) and Matt Milano (hamstring) and cornerback Tre'Davious White (shoulder).

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Los Angeles Rams

Buffalo Bills

Player Position Lineup
Austin Blythe primary: Center Starter
Michael Brockers primary: Defensive End Starter
Austin Corbett primary: Right Guard Starter
Aaron Donald primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Samson Ebukam primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
David Edwards primary: Left Guard Starter
Jared Goff primary: Quarterback Starter
Rob Havenstein primary: Right Tackle Starter
Darrell Henderson Jr. primary: Runningback Starter
Tyler Higbee primary: Tight End Starter
Troy Hill primary: Left Cornerback Starter
John Johnson III primary: Free Safety Starter
Sebastian Joseph-Day primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Micah Kiser primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Cooper Kupp primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jalen Ramsey primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Josh Reynolds primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Darious Williams primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Robert Woods primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Andrew Whitworth primary: Left Tackle Starter
Leonard Floyd primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Fuller primary: Strong Safety Starter
Malcolm Brown primary: Runningback Substitution
Bobby Evans primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Gerald Everett primary: Tight End Substitution
Greg Gaines primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Johnny Hekker primary: Punter Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jake McQuaide primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Johnny Mundt primary: Tight End Substitution
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Natrez Patrick primary: Linebacker Substitution
Taylor Rapp primary: Safety Substitution
Troy Reeder primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Nick Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Coleman Shelton primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Nsimba Webster primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Kenny Young primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Jachai Polite primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Van Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Terrell Burgess primary: Safety Substitution
Samuel Sloman primary: Kicker Substitution
Xavier Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
Morgan Fox primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Raymond Calais primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Hollins primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brian Allen primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
John Wolford primary: Quarterback Did not play
Cam Akers primary: Runningback Not active
Brycen Hopkins primary: Tight End Not active
Tremayne Anchrum Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Eric Banks primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Trishton Jackson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player PositionLineup
Josh Allen primary: Quarterback Starter
John Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Dion Dawkins primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tremaine Edmunds primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Cody Ford primary: Left Guard Starter
Jerry Hughes primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Micah Hyde primary: Free Safety Starter
Taron Johnson primary: Defensive Back Starter
Tyler Kroft primary: Tight End Starter
Matt Milano primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Mitch Morse primary: Center Starter
Trent Murphy primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Ed Oliver primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jordan Poyer primary: Strong Safety Starter
Devin Singletary primary: Runningback Starter
Levi Wallace primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Tre'Davious White primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Stefon Diggs primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Isaiah McKenzie primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Quinton Jefferson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Daryl Williams primary: Right Tackle Starter
Brian Winters primary: Right Guard Starter
Ryan Bates primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Cole Beasley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Corey Bojorquez primary: Punter Substitution
Reid Ferguson primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jaquan Johnson primary: Safety Substitution
Siran Neal primary: Safety Substitution
Ty Nsekhe primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Harrison Phillips primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Lee Smith primary: Tight End Substitution
Quinton Spain primary: Guard Substitution
T.J. Yeldon primary: Runningback Substitution
Cam Lewis primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tyrel Dodson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Taiwan Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
A.J. Epenesa primary: Defensive End Substitution
Gabriel Davis primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyler Bass primary: Kicker Substitution
Reggie Gilliam primary: Tight End Substitution
Vernon Butler primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tyler Matakevich primary: Linebacker Substitution
A.J. Klein primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mario Addison primary: Defensive End Substitution
Andre Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dean Marlowe primary: Safety Substitution
Deon Lacey primary: Linebacker Substitution
Matt Barkley primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ike Boettger primary: Guard Not active
Darryl Johnson primary: Defensive End Not active
Dawson Knox primary: Tight End Not active
Del'Shawn Phillips primary: Linebacker Not active
Zack Moss primary: Runningback Not active
Jake Fromm primary: Quarterback Not active

Los Angeles Rams

Buffalo Bills

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Lee Smith
    • Passer: Josh Allen
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Passer: Josh Allen
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Kroft
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Josh Allen
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 25 Yards
    • Passer: Jared Goff
    • Pass Receiver: Robert Woods
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Jared Goff
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Stefon Diggs
    • Passer: Josh Allen
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Passer: Josh Allen
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Kroft
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Darrell Henderson Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Samuel Sloman
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 16 Yards
    • Conv Passer: Jared Goff
    • Pass Receiver: Cooper Kupp
    • Conv Receiver: Tyler Higbee
    • Passer: Jared Goff
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Green Bay L 18 - 32
  • @Seattle W 30 - 20
  • Arizona W 7 - 18
  • @Seattle L 9 - 20
  • N.Y. Jets L 23 - 20
  • New England W 3 - 24
  • @Arizona W 38 - 28
  • San Francisco L 23 - 20
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • Seattle W 16 - 23
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Kansas City L 24 - 38
  • Baltimore W 3 - 17
  • Indianapolis W 24 - 27
  • Miami W 26 - 56
  • @New England W 38 - 9
  • @Denver W 48 - 19
  • Pittsburgh W 15 - 26
  • @San Francisco W 34 - 24
  • L.A. Chargers W 17 - 27
  • @Arizona L 30 - 32

Last Meetings

  • Rams @ Bills 32-35
  • Bills @ Rams 30-19
  • Rams @ Bills 15-12
  • Bills @ Rams 31-14

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen threw four touchdown passes, including a scoring strike to Tyler Kroft with 15 seconds remaining, as the Buffalo Bills remained undefeated by thwarting the Los Angeles Rams' comeback attempt for a 35-32 victory Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.

The Rams overcame a 25-point, third-quarter deficit and took a late 32-28 lead before Allen drove the Bills 75 yards in the final four minutes for the game-winner.

The Rams (2-1) appeared set to match their third-largest comeback in NFL history and the longest in franchise history when they scored 29 unanswered points, all in the second half. Their four consecutive TD drives came on a 1-yard run from quarterback Jared Goff run, two Goff TD passes and a 1-yard, go-ahead score on the ground by Darrell Henderson Jr.

After the Bills' offense was kept in check for much of the second half, Allen still was able to bring his team to cap a day when he was 24 of 33 for 311 yards with one interception.

Buffalo running back Devin Singletary rushed 13 times for 71 yards while also catching four passes for 50 yards. Cole Beasley had six catches for 100 yards, Kroft caught two TD passes for the Bills (3-0) and Stefon Diggs grabbed one.

Goff was 23 of 32 in the air for 321 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Henderson had 20 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp had nine catches for 107 yards and a TD. Robert Woods also caught a TD pass for Los Angeles.

Allen, who entered Week 3 with the most passing yards in the NFL, connected with Lee Smith and Kroft on first-half TD passes and then hit Diggs on a 4-yard third-quarter score as Buffalo led 28-3.

An Allen 1-yard TD pass to Lee Smith gave Buffalo a 7-0 first-quarter lead. The Bills' first of two TDs in the second quarter came on a 1-yard run from Allen for a 14-0 advantage. After a Sam Sloman field goal got the Rams on the board, Allen found Kroft on a 3-yard TD for a 21-3 lead with less than a minute remaining before halftime.

It appeared to be more of the same to start the second half when the Rams turned the ball over on downs on the opening possession after halftime and the Bills went 52 yards in seven plays, finishing with Allen's 4-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs for a 28-3 advantage.

The Rams shifted the momentum from there with four consecutive TD before Allen cemented the signature victory.

--Field Level Media