Marching into Buffalo this weekend are the Los Angeles Rams. It’ll be a fun defensive and offensive battle as both teams have some of the most talented players on their teams. We’ll see what Josh Allen can do against Jalen Ramsey and how the Bills versatile offensive line handle a player like Aaron Donald.
Aside from that, there’s two head coaches that specialize on one side of the football. For starters, Sean McDermott loves a good defense. It shows with his team being ranked fifth best in the NFL in allowing 332 total yards per game and third best in the NFL against the run at 75 rushing yards allowed per game. As for Sean McVay, we all know how well he can memorize his playbook and what situation his team was in during a certain play call. Aside from that, the Rams rank fifth in the league at 435 yards per game. These two will certainly be playing chess — not checkers — on Sunday.
Much like the Bills, the Rams are undefeated after two weeks of play so there’s a good chance that one of these teams will experience their first loss of the season. That’s obvious, though, right? Let’s jump into the three keys of the game that aren’t so obvious.
Allen and Stefon Diggs have chemistry
Allen leads the NFL in passing yards with 727 yards and has yet to turn the ball over through the air. With six touchdowns already on the season, he’ll look to add to that total on Sunday but the Rams have only given up one passing touchdown this season. Without question, Allen has found early season success with Diggs. The duo has connected on 16 receptions on 22 targets for 239 yards (league leader) and a touchdown. It’s clear these two have their timing down and that will have to continue if the Bills stand a chance to outscore the opposition. There’s no slowing down.
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Disrupt Jared Goff, play-action passes and prepare for the run game
It looks as Goff is back to who he was two years ago. Goff is thriving with play-action passes and it’s allowed a more consistent passing game and run game for the Rams. So far this season, Goff has completed 20 of his 27 play-action pass attempts for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, according to Pro Football Focus, 48% of his drop-backs have involved play-action. This defense will have to play patient and keep their eye on Goff at all times.
So not only has Goff played well off the play-action passes, it’s also helped a hot hand out of the backfield in consecutive weeks. Starting with running back Malcolm Brown going for 79 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 and then Darrell Henderson gaining 81 yards and a score last week against the Eagles. It’ll be important for the front seven of the Bills defense to be healthy (Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds at linebacker) and clicking on all cylinders.
Devin Singletary breakout game?
Through much of the season, we haven’t seen Singletary be the every down back for the Bills. Rightfully so, the Bills drafted Zack Moss from Utah to complement Singletary and alleviate some of the pressure in the backfield. Unfortunately, it’s been a tough start to the week in practice for Moss. He’s battling a toe injury and has already miss two consecutive practices. McDermott announced on WGR 550 that Moss is out on Sunday.
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That should leave much of the backfield duties to Singletary and, if so, I’d expect some of the unexpected from him. He only has 19 carries for 86 yards through two games but he’s due for a breakout game and it very well could happen against the Rams. The Rams have allowed 128 rushing yards per game so far this season. Meanwhile, they only have 26% team run-stop win rate and that would rank 31st overall in the NFL. There’s no question that Donald could be the one that stops it all but with these numbers, I like the Bills and Singletary’s chances for a good game.