Jump to content
Bills Fans Gear Now Available! ×

Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams Week 1 preview

   (0 reviews)

© Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


The football gods have blessed us with a potential Super Bowl matchup right away to kick off the NFL season. The consensus around the league points to these two teams competing for a Lombardi Trophy at the end of the year, so why not have them face off in the beginning as well?


While both rosters are incredibly top-heavy, featuring some of the best players at their position, a few independent factors could swing the outcome either way. 


The Rams have Matthew Stafford, but questions persist over how healthy his throwing elbow is. It’s like a pitcher who needs to rest his arm. Only the season’s just getting started. Coach Sean McVay insists his QB has no limitations in practice, but some reporters believe the inflamed elbow could be an issue all season. Do we see any problems pop up right away in Week 1? We hope for a healthy game on both sides, but it’s a situation that bears watching. 


If the Rams are firing on all cylinders, the ongoing absence of star cornerback Tre’Davious White will certainly impact Buffalo’s ability to cover Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, and Van Jefferson. White’s still recovering from the Week 12 ACL tear he suffered last season and will be out for at least the first four games. 


Luckily the Bills aren’t devoid of talent in the defensive backfield. They have one of the best safety tandems in football with Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. They’ll be asked to help out in coverage more often if the current stable of cornerbacks starts off slow without their ball-hawking CB1 in the lineup. That leads us right into our matchups for the game. 

Buffalo Bills vs. Rams game details, where to watch

  • Thursday, September 8, 2022
  • Start time: 8:20 PM ET
  • TV channel - NBC/Peacock
  • Location - SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA




Matchups to watch

  • Bills RBs vs. Aaron Donald

The one aspect that can definitively make the Bills one of the best, if not the top, offense in the NFL is the emergence of their running game. Zack Moss was ineffective last season as he battled through an ankle injury that sapped his burst and cutting ability. He looked like a changed man in preseason action, and the hope is that he can improve upon the 3.6 YPA he averaged in 2021. Since he averaged 4.3 as a rookie, seeing Moss get back to averaging nearly five yards per rush isn’t out of the question, especially with Rodger Saffold paving the way. 


For what it’s worth, Devin Singletary has averaged 5.1, 4.4, and 4.6 yards per carry in his first three seasons in the NFL. 


They also added James Cook with the 63rd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. We’ll see how new Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey works all three of them into the lineup on game day. Singletary and Moss won’t suddenly become stars, but maybe that’s the ceiling for Dalvin Cook’s brother with the Bills?


Meanwhile, Aaron Donald is one of the baddest dudes in the game. The Bills will be throwing double and triple teams at him at times, but No. 99 will make his impact felt at some point. Equally as filthy rushing the passer as he is at getting defensive stops on running downs, the Bills will have their hands full in the trenches against the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.


Fun Fact: Did you know Singletary, Moss, and James Cook were all born in Florida? It doesn’t mean anything on the field, but maybe it’s another way they can bond in the locker room.


  • Von Miller vs Joe Noteboom

Congratulations, Joseph Noteboom. Now that the 40-year-old Andrew Whitworth has retired, Noteboom is the starting left tackle, assigned with protecting their franchise QB’s blindside. Already a tough task, his first assignment pits him up against his former teammate, Von Miller. Looking to set the tone with his new team as he heads back to SoFi Stadium one last time, the strip-sack master has a chance to live in the backfield as Noteboom has played just 1,260 snaps since being drafted four years ago. This is equivalent to just over one year of starting experience, considering Whitworth played 926 snaps just last season. 


The Rams gave him a large three-year, $40 million contract this past offseason, but he’s started just 17 games since 2018. Yet, despite the lack of experience, Noteboom has allowed just three sacks in that time, meaning he’s likely at least above average as a pass blocker. Still, he hasn’t seen all the various ways Miller can get past his man.  


While he’s now 33, Miller has averaged 0.77 sacks per game in his career. This rate has slowed down over the past three years, with Miller averaging 0.63 in 2021 and 0.53 in 2019, but he’s back to 100% health as he begins his career in Buffalo. No matter what, Miller strikes fear in his opponents simply because of his legendary football résumé, but he’s still among the best pass rushers in football. 


  • Kaiir Elam vs. Matthew Stafford

Why not throw the rookie into the fire right away? Only in this case, the Bills don’t have any other option but to start the 23rd overall pick out of Florida. Thanks to the injury of Tre’Davious White, the 21-year-old Elam will be tasked with covering the Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp at times. 


The step from college to the pros is always a big one, but some rooks manage to narrow the gap quicker and better than others. For Elam, he has the experience of guarding opponents in the SEC conference, which is widely regarded as the best in college football. While Kupp is much more polished than the receivers he saw in college, it’s not like Elam has never been asked to lock down NFL talent. 


Expect Stafford to test the rookie often, seeing just how equipped he is to handle the vastly experienced receiving corps the Rams have assembled over the years. Maybe Elam can surprise them with his quickness as they underestimate his abilities. But if it’s the other way around, Elam’s confidence could get shattered early on. Leslie Frazier will probably do as much as he can to help provide additional coverage to help Elam along if he needs it. 



© Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills vs. Rams game prediction

  • Last season’s record: Buffalo Bills 11-6, AFC East champions

  • Los Angeles Rams: 12-5, first place in NFC West, Super Bowl champions

As usual, this game will come down to the quarterback matchup, and if that proves to be accurate, there’s no reason why Bills Mafia won’t leave L.A. in celebration. Josh Allen has all the tools, not only on his belt but also out on the field, with Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, and possibly a reinforced running game that makes the Bills tougher to predict. 


The Rams may have home-field advantage, but yet the Bills are still favored by 2.5 points by Vegas oddsmakers. If that’s not an indication of how far this team has come and how far they’re expected to go in 2022, I don’t know what is. 


The Rams just proved they were the NFL’s best team in February, and they didn’t experience a massive sell-off in talent. They may have reshaped a bit of it, with Von Miller and Andrew Whitworth leaving town, but they also added Allen Robinson and Bobby Wagner. It’s still one of the best rosters in football. 


Just as the Bills have a big chip on their shoulders, as they felt they should have been the Rumbling Herd that carried their momentum all the way to the promised land, overtime rules got in the way. 


The Bills may have been better than the Rams all along. We just didn’t get a chance to see it. 


However, as strong as the Bills are, they too could experience some early growing pains. Not having their shutdown corner hurts against a team that lives and dies through the air. We also can’t ignore the fact that last year’s offensive play-caller Brian Daboll is no longer in Buffalo. Ken Dorsey and Allen have a great rapport, but is the former ready to continually put together one of the best game plans in football? He’ll be tested early against the Rams, with defensive playmakers at every level. 


In a game that should feature plenty of points, it’s not hard to envision the Rams continuing their dominance over the league and managing to slip past Buffalo in Week 1 as well. 


Game prediction: Rams 33, Bills 27 - Rams victory




Buffalo Bills 2022 Season Preview - Part One

Buffalo Bills 2022 Season Preview - Part Two

User Feedback


  • Buffalo Bills 2022-23 Season Review

    © Tina MacIntyre-Yee / USA TODAY NETWORK   I know we're not ready to process the fact that the Buffalo Bills' season is over, as many of us are still trying to come to grips with our emotions following the latest disappointment. Many are frustrated, bitter, confused, and possibly just fed up with their favorite football team after falling short of expectations yet again.   It's understandable to have mixed feelings about how to feel about this team's effort. Should we point f

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals Divisional Round preview

    © Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports   Here we get a rematch of the Week 17 matchup that never happened. What was previously viewed as a potential playoff matchup has actually come to fruition. Both the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals should have had no issue whomping their Wild Card opponents, as each foe was forced to start their backup quarterback (third-string for Miami).   Yet, each potential Super Bowl contender wound up struggling to knock off their rival. As we know a

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins Wild Card preview

    © Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports   Naturally, the biggest story coming into the week was whether Tua Tagovailoa would be able to play after suffering what may be his third concussion of the season, back on Christmas day. But it won’t be the NFL’s leader in yards per attempt under center. Instead, we’ll see seventh-round rookie Skylar Thompson make his third career NFL start.   This small bit of news has drastically altered the outlook of the Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins Wil

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots Week 18 preview

    © Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports   Starting off with the elephant in the room, this is, by far, the strangest game preview we’ve ever produced here at Bills Fans. How does one prepare for the next game when we’re all waiting to hear positive news regarding Damar Hamlin?    This isn’t about us; it’s about the 24-year-old’s health and his family.    More so, how can the Buffalo Bills as an organization quickly move on and act like everything is back to normal just six

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals Week 17 preview

    © JAMIE GERMANO/USA TODAY Sports   Aside from Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs, this upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals may be the toughest matchup yet for the Buffalo Bills. Unlike some other battles this season, the Rumbling Herd appears to be catching Joe Burrow’s Bengals at the worst time possible.   You think the Bills are red-hot as of late, winning six consecutive games? Well, the Bengals are white-hot winners of their past seven matchups.    Ob

    2022 Buffalo Bills
  • Our picks

    • Billsfans Bets: Super Bowl LVII Preview and Pick
      Super Bowl LVII has been set with the Kansas City Chiefs squaring off against the Philadelphia Eagles. 
      The game will take place on Sunday, February 12th at 6:30 PM EST. at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. LVII will be the 57th edition of sport's most prestigious event. 
      Kansas City will be making its fifth appearance in the Super Bowl. With a 2-2 record, they will look to get that record past .500 and continue penciling their name in the history books. 
      Philadelphia will return to the big game for the fourth time in franchise history. Five years ago, they were able to slay the dragon in the New England Patriots, winning 41-33 for their first Super Bowl in franchise history. 
      This is not a matchup rooted in history, as the teams have only played nine times since 1972. Kansas City leads the all-time series 5-4, but the result of the next matchup is all anyone will remember. ...
      • 0 replies
    • Post in Who Are the Bills Mafia?
      Apparently the Food Network was out at Highmark for the Green Bay game.
        • Cheers
    • Buffalo Bills 2022-23 Season Review
      I know we're not ready to process the fact that the Buffalo Bills' season is over, as many of us are still trying to come to grips with our emotions following the latest disappointment. Many are frustrated, bitter, confused, and possibly just fed up with their favorite football team after falling short of expectations yet again.
      It's understandable to have mixed feelings about how to feel about this team's effort. Should we point fingers, criticize opponents or refs, or even question coaching decisions after such a bad loss?
      The truth is, there are many reasons to be upset with how the Bills finished their season, in a 27-10 loss in the Divisional Round. Not to take anything away from the Cincinnati Bengals, as they proved yet again that they're an elite team, reaching the AFC Conference Championship two years in a row. But a 17-point loss just wasn't what anyone was anticipating, not for this Rumbling Herd. 
      Especially considering Buffalo's worst loss all season came by just three points. We can't help but wonder how differently the outcome could have been had Buffalo had a chance to play their originally-scheduled Week 17 matchup against Cincinnati, giving the team a good feel for what to expect come playoff time, but that's simply another excuse. Cincinnati dealt with similar conditions. 
      We could go on and on about a tough ending to another rollercoaster season, but that would be doing an injustice to all the bright spots we got to experience throughout the year. Instead, let's look back at the season that was. One that saw the Bills have their second 13-win season in four years. ...
      • 5 replies
    • Billsfans Bets: NFL Conference Championships Picks
      Then there were four. 
      The NFL's divisional round wrapped up this weekend to set up the leagues' AFC and NFC Championship games. 
      We started in Kansas City, where Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs took on Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite a scary ankle injury to star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs were able to hold on 27-20. Mahomes would leave the game in the first quarter but re-enter to start the second half. It is believed to be a high ankle sprain, and more updates will come throughout the week.
      Saturday's second game saw the Philadelphia Eagles completely torch the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field by a score of 38-7.
      On a snowy afternoon in Buffalo, Joe Cool came out on top. Using back-to-back touchdown drives to start the game, Cincinnati took an early lead they would never give back. The Bills cut the score 17-10 with a field goal with 7:12 left in the third quarter. With Bills fans clamoring for a defensive stop, Burrow led the Bengals on a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive lasting 6:25, taking a 24-10 lead in the fourth. A final score of 27-10 ended the Bills' season, and the franchise will have another offseason of evaluating what went wrong in the postseason. 
      The weekend concluded with a defensive showdown in San Francisco. Limiting Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to 206 passing yards, the 49ers' defense looked every bit Super Bowl-ready. Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy was able to do enough, and do-it-all Christian McCaffrey found the end zone for the eighth straight week. The 49ers won 19-12. 
      It should be a great Championship weekend as the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Arrowhead to play the Chiefs. The 49ers have set up a date with the Eagles and will leave their nice weather for a game in Philadelphia.  ...
      • 0 replies
    • 2023/01/22 Bills vs. Bengals - Playoffs - Divisional Round
      Bills close out the season with an ugly loss to the Bengals 10-27
      • 0 replies
  • The Bills defense can't stop Dolphins RB Jeff Wilson Jr. from scoring a TD

    Jan 15, 2023; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (23) scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half in a NFL wild card game at Highmark Stadium.

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    Bills RB Devin Singletary is upended by Rams CB Troy Hill

    Sep 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (26) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (2) in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium.

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    Josh throws an easy TD pass in the 1st quarter

    Oct 30, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) avoids a tackle by Green Bay Packers linebacker Preston Smith (91) and safety Adrian Amos (31) to throw a touchdown in the first quarter at Highmark Stadium. 

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    Miami HC Mike McDaniel on the sideline

    Sep 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel yells across the field during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium.

    2022 Buffalo Bills

    James Cook runs the ball against the Dolphins in their Wild Card game

    Jan 15, 2023; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back James Cook (28) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half in a NFL wild card game at Highmark Stadium.

    2022 Buffalo Bills

  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue., Guidelines