The NFL is formally again in motion — however the defending-champion Los Angeles Rams did not see to get the memo.
On the night time that L.A. raised Its Tremendous Bowl banner, the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills got here into city and walloped Aaron Donald and the Rams on Thursday Night time Soccer, 31-10.
Listed here are the highest performs from Thursday night time’s motion.
Buffalo Bills 31, Los Angeles Rams 10
The Rams have been greeted with the warmest of welcomes from their dwelling crowd to kick off the ’22 marketing campaign.
The troupe burst on to SoFi Subject whereas its 2021 championship banner descended from the rafters, and Nipsey Hussle’s “Last Time That I Checc’d” blared over the loudspeakers. The ceremonious second signaled the begin to their imminent title protection bid.
That did not take lengthy
Josh Allen and Gabriel Davis picked up proper the place they left off from final season to get on the board in simply over 5 minutes.
Allen froze the Rams’ D with a nasty play pretend, and located a large open Davis streaking down the best aspect of the sphere for Buffalo’s first TD of the season. Allen went 5-for-5 on the opening drive.
Allen started the sport with 10 straight completions and would’ve had 11, however Isaiah McKenzie was unable to reel in a scorching rocket on a brief slant. The ball hit McKenzie’s mitts, and located Rams LB Terrell Lewis’, stopping Buffalo’s promising drive proper in its tracks.
Battle of the turnovers
The turnover chains started buying and selling palms within the second quarter. Bills’ RB James Cook dinner relinquished a fumble on the primary carry of his profession, however Buffalo obtained the ball proper again courtesy of an INT from Dane Jackson.
Ought to we anticipate anybody apart from the S.B. MVP to attain the Rams’ first TD of the season? Cooper Kupp’s made a profession of acrobatic catches, and he graciously dragged his toes behind the top zone to finish the rating for L.A.
Not on this Hill
The Rams have been adamant to get Troy Hill again on their roster after dropping him for a season, and he rewarded their needs close to the top of the primary half with a giant break on the ball to grab L.A.’s second interception.
Matt Homosexual knocked in a 57-yarder to knot issues at 10 at halftime.
Making an announcement
Allen clearly put the pair of INTs behind him on the half. He caught his hand in Nick Scott’s face to ward him off for a important first down, earlier than reigniting McKenzie — whose first-half drop led to an INT — for the go-ahead rating.
It is a chook. It is a aircraft. It is …
… Josh Allen! The preseason MVP candidate would not shrink back from contact, and he gave the Bills a 24-10 lead by leaping previous Rams LB Bobby Wagner to cross the pylon.
Woop, there it’s
Ask the Bills in the event that they care who the defending champs are. They have been picked to take all of it this season, and their focus is solely on the current.
Jordan Poyer got here away with Buffalo’s second decide of the night time, and three performs later, Allen connected with Stefon Diggs on a deep fly to place Buffalo up 21.
The Bills are displaying why they’d the top-ranked protection a yr in the past, coming away with their third INT of the sport. Massive Boogie Basham obtained his mitt on a Stafford go try, and snatched the ball out of the air for the takeaway.
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