The Los Angeles Rams had been trying to rejoice their 2021 Tremendous Bowl victory, grasp up their championship banner and ring within the 2022 season with a victory.
The Buffalo Payments figuratively took that banner, put it on a desk, set it on fireplace and jumped by means of it.
The Payments exploded within the second half, scoring 21 unanswered factors and cruising to a 31-10 victory. Regardless of the sport being considerably of a blowout, there are takeaways we will use from this recreation:
The Payments offense is a struggle machine
My goodness, Josh Allen. The Payments sign caller went 26-31 for 297 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and added 56 yards and a landing on the bottom. The numbers on the floor are spectacular, however if you have a look at how Allen gained it turns into clear that he has developed into one of many league’s finest QBs.
Within the first half, Allen noticed loads of 2-high coverages, forcing him to take the beneath passes and checkdowns. That which was a problem for Allen (quick space accuracy and impatience) has seemingly turn out to be a energy. Allen focused the quick areas of the sector with laser effectivity, firing in passes on time outdoors of an interception that he threw within the first half.
When the second half rolled round, the Rams would start to get extra aggressive, enjoying man protection or blitzing. That is when Allen made them pay, both utilizing his legs to nice impact or doing issues like this, which shouldn’t be regular for an NFL QB however for Josh Allen it’s simply one other Thursday:
This can be a idea referred to as “Mills”, the place the within receiver runs a dig, after which the skin receiver runs a submit deep. The Rams ship a blitz to the overloaded facet and crushed the pocket, however for Allen he throws the ball with anticipation, letting Gabriel Davis get beneath it for a 47 yard acquire. If Allen goes to proceed to be this environment friendly beneath and within the quick space whereas additionally with the ability to beat groups over the top with the deep passes, good luck.
As well as, the Payments had been capable of be a number of and assorted within the run recreation. Pulling proper sort out Spencer Brown on learn possibility performs, utilizing fullback Reggie Gilliam on designed outdoors zone tosses. Now that they will get into extra hole scheme runs and mash groups to be able to get them out of the 2-high shells they’ll see, it makes their offense extraordinarily harmful.
Von Miller is the straw that stirs the drink, however the Payments DL is deep and harmful
It was Von Miller’s return to SoFi Stadium, and he didn’t disappoint, notching two sacks within the win which can be an ideal encapsulation of what the long run Corridor of Famer is.
On the primary sack, he units up Rams LT Joe Noteboom on the skin feigning a pace rush, then makes use of a “forklift” approach, lifting the sort out’s fingers and bull speeding him into Rams QB Matt Stafford. Then on the following sack, he dips proper beneath Noteboom’s fingers a flies previous him for a sack, a Von Miller particular.
Though Miller is clearly the massive title man, the Payments line of defense dominated the Rams entrance, they usually did it in waves. Earlier than getting injured defensive sort out Ed Oliver was spectacular. Jordan Phillips overwhelmed the Rams inside, notching 1.5 sacks. Younger edge defenders Gregory Rousseau, AJ Epenesa and Boogie Basham mixed for 3.5 sacks. In whole, the Payments notched seven sacks and 7 tackles for loss. Free agent acquisition Shaq Lawson didn’t even play. This Payments line of defense is deep, versatile and harmful, and Von Miller is the star.
Matt Stafford may not be a problem (but)…
So let’s discuss Matt Stafford’s efficiency. The Rams sign caller went 29-41 for 240 yards with one landing and three interceptions, however for many of the recreation he simply seemed…uncomfortable. Of his 29 completions 13 of them went to Cooper Kupp, and no different receiver caught greater than 5 passes. Free agent acquisition Allen Robinson solely caught one cross on two targets, and by no means appeared to search out his approach within the recreation. The conventional hi-lo routes with Kupp sailed much more than normal, and it simply seemed like a disjointed offensive efficiency.
Nonetheless, don’t fear about Stafford but. Not getting any snaps within the preseason in addition to being restricted in observe because of an elbow damage (which will or is probably not absolutely healed—additionally one thing to watch) positively performed a task within the offensive efficiency. If you usher in a brand new receiver like Robinson, it takes time for the rapport to be constructed. Until the elbow damage lingers, I wouldn’t be nervous in regards to the Rams sign caller but.
…however the offensive line for the Rams is a serious concern
Man, this was a efficiency to overlook for the Rams offensive line. After dropping Andrew Whitworth to retirement and Austin Corbett to the Panthers, the Rams needed to substitute two of their prime 5 linemen from an offensive line that was already round league common. Add in prime draft choose Logan Bruss tearing his ACL within the offseason and also you no extra events in LA up entrance.
The Rams allowed seven sacks, and loads of the strain got here from the inside, the place middle Brian Allen and guards Coleman Shelton and David Edwards had been overwhelmed by the Payments defensive entrance. A key a part of Los Angeles Tremendous Bowl run was Matt Stafford with the ability to make performs and cube defenses from out of the gun, particularly in empty formations. The Rams tried that tonight, however Stafford was instantly beneath strain from the inside, nullifying any time to make a play. The Rams needed to go beneath middle to extra play motion passing recreation simply to purchase Stafford a while.
The Rams offensive line was a serious query mark coming into the yr, and primarily based on their efficiency tonight, that gained’t be altering anytime quickly.