Rams vs. Bills Score: Josh Allen throws for three TDs, runs for one as Buffalo dominate the second half

The Buffalo Bills came into the season as the favorites to go to the Super Bowl, living up to that championship hype with a dominant 31-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Thursday’s NFL Kickoff Game. Buffalo overcame four turnovers and still put down 31 points in an impressive performance, then dominated the game in the second half to knock Los Angeles away.

Josh Allen finished 26 of 31 for 297 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the win, while also rushing for 56 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Allen’s four-yard touchdown run on the third-and-goal at the 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter gave the Bills an impressive 24-10 lead that fielded them for the win.

The touchdown run was the 32nd of Allen’s career, tying him with Fran Tarkenton, Kordell Stewart and Terry Bradshaw for 14th in NFL history. Allen had his seventh game with three pass touchdowns and a hasty touchdown, making him the only third-place finisher in that category in NFL history (Drew Brees has nine and Tom Brady has eight).

The Bills defense forced three turnovers (all interceptions) and had seven sacks in the night, leaving the Rams with just 3.7 per game. Stefon Diggs caught a 53-yard touchdown from Allen in the fourth quarter to put Buffalo at 31-10, ending a night he finished with eight catches for 122 yards with a touchdown.

Cooper Kupp had a strong night in an awkward offensive play for the Rams, finishing with 13 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Stafford finished with three interceptions in the loss (his second three interception game with the Rams) and finished 29 of 41 for 240 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Rams head coach Sean McVay is under .500 in a season for the first time in his career. He drops to 5-1 in season openers.

Why the bills won?

The Bills weren’t perfect on Thursday night, but they were definitely better than the reigning Super Bowl champions. Buffalo’s defense was very, very impressive – from the pass rush to the secondary’s overall play. But what also stood out was Allen’s play.

The Bills QB franchise completed 26 of 31 passes for 297 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The first interception wasn’t his fault, as Isaiah McKenzie virtually passed the ball to a linebacker, but the second was an underthrow. However, for 99 percent of the game, Allen was magnificent. He spread the ball to seven different receivers and felt like he was always aware of where the open option would be. Allen had only one “incomplete” in the first half as he went 17 of 20 for 153 yards, a touchdown and two picks.

The NBC broadcast pointed out that Allen got the ball out for 2.2 seconds per drop-back in the fourth quarter – which is above average. He looked at ease, both relying on his receivers to play in the flat, and in the bag waiting for a development in the field.

Everyone would probably agree that Allen is a star, but Thursday night he built on the fact that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, showing why the Bills are the favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy. to be lifted at the end of the year.

Why did the Rams lose?

There’s plenty of debt on LA’s side. Jalen Ramsey had a rough night, Stafford missed several throws and Allen Robinson was not part of the attack at all. But one thing that made life difficult for the Rams as a whole was the play of the offensive line.

LA is replacing two starters on the offensive front this season, and it showed. Stafford was sacked six times for a 43-yard loss in the first three quarters. According to the Associated Press, those six sacks are the most the Rams have allowed in a game under Sean McVay. Stafford was fired once more in the final stanza.

While the offensive line’s play affected Stafford, it also hurt LA’s running backs. The Rams rushed for a total of 52 yards on 18 carries, averaging 2.9 yards per carry.

Turning point

Dropping 14 points early in the fourth quarter, the Rams needed to get something going. Instead, Stafford threw his second interception of the night.

Just three plays later, Allen found Diggs firing down the right side of the field for a 53-yard touchdown, extending Buffalo’s lead to 21 points.

Playing the game

This was either the moment you jumped for joy or felt your stomach sink. 21 points behind after a Rams interception and a Bills touchdown, Stafford threw his third interception of the night – an impressive DIY highlight reel play from Boogie Basham.

Josh Allen stiff arm

As a defensive backer, it must be tough to take down a tall, athletic quarterback like Allen in the open field. Nick Scott found out firsthand that it’s not a pleasant experience because he ended up on the wrong end of this stiff-armed Bills quarterback.

What’s next

The Bills return to Buffalo for another primetime matchup, as they will host the Tennessee Titans next Monday night. As for the Rams, they stay home and host Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday afternoon.


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