The Los Angeles Rams are in Buffalo for a potential Game of the Week potential at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park. I still refer to the place as Ralph Wilson Stadium, but in 2020, they’re calling it Bills Stadium after New Era and the Bills parted ways. It’s not the prettiest of stadiums in the NFL, but the atmosphere is something else, at least when the stadium is packed with drunk Bills’ fans.
Unfortunately, the Bills will have no fans to bother Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense. The Rams head into Buffalo feeling hot after dispatching the Dallas Cowboy and Philadelphia Eagles. Following a 37-19 win over the Eagles in Philadelphia, the Rams flew back to the west coast. The San Francisco 49ers decided to stay in West Virginia to practice throughout the week, so interesting play by the Rams not to stay out east.
I’m sure they could have found some accommodations if they wanted to. Having said that, the Rams have been just fine on the road and in the east. Since moving to Los Angeles, the Rams have gone 5-0 against teams on the east coast. It hasn’t seemed to bother them that much, including last week in their 37-19 win at Philadelphia. Going to the east, back home, and then fly back to the east again doesn’t sound too appealing for them, though.
I’m confident in the Rams having a bounce-back season after a major hangover following their appearance in the Super Bowl. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves after two games, but it’s been a nice start for the Rams in 2020. A win against a respected Buffalo Bills team would only solidify their standing as a major contender this season.
The Bills are certainly out for that identity as well. They have wins over the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins to open the season. This will be their first true test. Head below for our free LA Rams vs. Buffalo Bills pick for September 27, 2020 in NFL Week 3.
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Jared Goff had a hot hand against the Eagles last week. He looked like the same quarterback that we saw dicing up defenses two years ago. Goff threw for 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 64.88% completions in 2018. However, Goff’s production dipped to 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season.
He isn’t the only Ram to blame for the team’s failures, but Goff didn’t do much to help the cause. Through two games, Goff has passed for 3 touchdowns and an interception on 68.97% completions. He threw for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns last week against the Eagles on the road. Goff was able to locate mismatches all game long, especially across the middle against the linebackers.
Finding the mismatches is what the Rams’ offense is all based around. There isn’t one singular target that Goff will fixate on. He’s good at spreading the ball around and keeping the defense off balance. Goff should be able to find mismatches against a banged up Bills team.
The Bills hope to have Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano on the field Sunday. They are both listed as questionable to play versus the Rams, so it’s not clear at the moment whether they’ll be suiting up. It’s something to monitor on Sunday morning.
If Edmunds and Milano are out at linebacker, the Bills likely have a tough time with the quick passes underneath in this one. Sean McVay loves to use a lot of motion and misdirection to confuse defenses. The key for success for the Bills will be Edmunds and Milano, but even if they do play, neither are going to be anything close to 100%.
The good news for the Bills is that this isn’t the offense of yesteryear. Josh Allen is coming into his own and has weapons to work with on the offense. John Brown and Stefon Diggs on the field at the same time is going to give any defense headaches. The Bills scored 31 points on a respectable Dolphins’ defense in Week 2.
Allen threw for 415 yards and 5 touchdowns, as he hooked up with four different receivers in the end zone. Through two weeks, the Bills have put up 58 points. This offense is much less conservative than we’ve seen in the past. Allen will air it out frequently on Sunday. I could see some points being scored here.