Bills Steamroll Rams 31-10 With Strong Second Half

Andrew Dixon
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, September 8, 2022

The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams kept things close early, but the Bills defense really took over in the second half en route to a 31-10 opening night victory. 

Only one scoring play took place in the first quarter as both teams traded the equivalent of body blows with one another. Gabriel Davis caught the season's first touchdown on a 26-yard scoring play to give the Bills an early lead.

Buffalo would also open up the second quarter scoring, but on a 41-yard Tyler Bass field goal instead of a touchdown. 

The Rams looked to be rounding into form as the second quarter progressed, though. Matthew Stafford led a scoring drive that culminated in a 4-yard Cooper Kupp touchdown reception before Matt Gay knocked through a 57-yard field goal at the end of the half to bring the score to 10-10. 

After these points, the Rams would fail to put up any more points on the scoreboard with Matthew Stafford throwing a total of three interceptions in this game.

Isaiah McKenzie scored on a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give Buffalo the lead that they would never relinquish. 

Bills fans loved the next scoring play as Josh Allen ran in for a 4-yard touchdown, physically dunking on Bobby Wagner to break the plane of the goalline. This in combination with Allen's brutal stiff arm early in the game should have Bills Mafia excited. 

Stefon Diggs found the endzone on a 53-yard touchdown for the game's final points, giving us the 31-10 final score. 

The lack of Cam Akers usage was one of the most noticeable and surprising developments in this game. He didn't receive a touch until well into the game and finished with just three carries for zero yards while Darrell Henderson carried 13 times for 47 yards. This backfield will be intriguing to watch moving forward for both fantasy owners and Rams football fans.

Josh Allen led the game in passing on 26/31 with 297 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, Devin Singletary's 48 yards on just eight carries led all rushers, and Stefon Diggs 8/122/1 line was challenged only by Cooper Kupp's 13/128/1 performance. 

Next week the Bills host the Titans on Monday Night Football, looking to get to 2-0, on September 19. 

The Rams will host Atlanta and look to rebound from this loss in the 4 PM window of September 18.

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