The LA Rams may have been the hottest team in football last week, and the city of LA is always at the top of the food chain, but the city of Buffalo is experiencing a resurgence of sorts at the moment. The hottest act in town can be debated. Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher, and Conway the Machine are the Buffalo hip-hop collective known as Griselda Records are putting Buffalo back on the map when it comes to music.
On the sporting side Josh Allen and company are looking to take over the AFC East and make a Super Bowl because of their 2-0 start to this season. The only thing getting in the way of the Bills was another hot team in the Los Angeles Rams who were also 2-0, coming off very impressive wins. The LA Rams visited the Buffalo Bills in an early morning thriller that was an early contender for game of the week. Let’s dive in and see what happened.
Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Josh Allen faced off Sunday and did not disappoint. Both quarterbacks had almost identical stat lines:
The first half started off slow for the LA Rams and the Bills potent offense continued to fire on all cylinders, putting the Rams down 21-3 early in the game. However, Goff and the offense caught fire and rattled off 29 points in the second half.
Leading by four points with four minutes left in the game, Josh Allen led the Bills on a game-winning drive to cap off an amazing day for the young signal caller. Fantasy owners who picked Allen late are looking very smart up to this point. Allen finished the day with 31 points in standard scoring.
Likewise, Goff who was picked up late or even at all had 27 points on the day. Both QB’s played tremendously well, but at a point, someone had to win and Allen willed it into existence. Though the Rams may have lost there were definitely some positives to take away from the young Rams team.
Henderson ahead of the herd
Last week , McVay was using the running back by committee plan until rookie Cam Akers got hurt. Then came in the 2019 third round pick , Darrell Henderson to make the most out of his opportunity. While splitting carries with Malcolm Brown, Henderson accumulated 81 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Today, Henderson took it up a notch by rushing for 114 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy owners who started him today found success with his 18 points in standard leagues, but what was really noticeable was his carries. The third rounder from Memphis led all players with 20, the next highest was Malcolm Brown with seven.
Henderson, as stated before, can be a fantasy sleeper this year because of his familiarity with the system after a year in the league and may have the bell-cow duty until Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown are fully healthy. However, Henderson and the offense weren’t the only factor keeping the LA Rams in the game.
Josh Allen may have put up great numbers on the defense, but it wasn’t a cake walk. LA Rams DT Aaron Donald still showed why he’s considered the best player in the NFL. Donald beefed up his stat line with six tackles (five solo), two sacks, and a fumble recovery. All of this included this great sack and recovery that was clutch as it led to a Henderson touchdown.
The LA Rams experienced their first loss of the season. Dreams of going 16-0 can now die down. The 1972 Dolphins can rest at ease that the 2020 Rams will not be the team to overtake their record. After a two-game road trip, the Rams will come back to Los Angeles to play their second-ever game in SoFi Stadium.
The Giants come into town without Saquon Barkley and coming back to Los Angeles against a struggling Giants team should be the reset button the LA Rams need to recover from this loss.