ENGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Buffalo Bills have all the hopes of the world on their backs as they head into their season opener against the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. And when the spotlight hit, the Bills pulled off big and made a statement, and despite a first-half mistake, he won 31-10 at SoFi Stadium.
After entering halftime tied at 10, the Bills, this season’s Super Bowl favorites, ran full steam ahead in the second half, scoring touchdowns on three straight possessions and two punts, according to Caesars Sportsbook. and intercepted quarterback Matthew Stafford twice. The second half is alone.
Despite two first-half interceptions (one of which bounced off wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie), quarterback Josh Allen took the lead, passing 26-of-33 (83.9%) for 297 yards and a Scored three touchdowns. His completion percentage broke his season record as a Bills regular set by Trent Edwards in 2008. Allen was also the team’s top rusher, with 57 yards he had nine carries and he scored one.
The Bills offense managed to keep the drive on three downs, finishing 9-10 (90%) and second-best by any team in the past 30 seasons in one game. Buffalo did not punt once during the game.
The defense gave Stafford a fit and sacked him seven times. Stafford was sacked as a Ram. Two of those sacks were from Von Miller in his first game as Bill . Miller also lost with two quarterback hits and three tackles.
The Bills were able to create pressure well without blitzing. By the 4th quarter, the Bills had 49 dropbacks (2%) and he had only 1 blitz. Last season, Stafford went 0-3 with his opponents blitz percentage less than 10% of his.
Los Angeles was able to stay in the game early thanks to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Cooper Cup late in the second quarter, but the Rams were unable to mount an offense in the second half. Bills beat Rams with 414-243 total yards.
LA became the third defending Super Bowl champion since 2004.
The Bills will take a long break before hosting the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in Week 2.