How do the LA Rams stack up against their Week 1 opponent?

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On Thursday, September 8th, 2022, the 2022 NFL season will officially kick-off. The Buffalo Bills will travel to Los Angeles for a prime-time showdown against the LA Rams. The Super Bowl champs will open up their season against a tough opponent in the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are a young well-established team, looking to make some noise in 2022. Knocking off the defending Super Bowl Champions in SoFi Stadium would certainly put the NFL on notice.

The Rams need to be ready to play a smart and physical game or else this game could get ugly fast. These two teams are extremely explosive, which would lead to an interesting match-up. The LA Rams stack up nicely against the Bills, but will they be mentally prepared to face such an explosive team? Will the Rams be ready to face former teammate, OLB Von Miller? Will they still be thinking about their Super Bowl victory? LA Rams head coach Sean McVay, needs to make sure his team is ready to rock come week one.

Offensive Strengths

When you examine this week one match-up, you need to know what the Rams’ strengths are on the offensive side of the ball. The Rams’ offense is led by veteran quarterback, Matthew Stafford. Stafford is the captain of that explosive offense and with him behind center, you know you have a shot to win any game. Looking at their week one match-up, the Bills have a very strong defense, now reinforced by veteran pass rusher Von Miller.

Passing Game

The Rams’ can counter the Bills’ defense with a passing attack that could very likely be the key to a week one victory. The Bills have an all-around solid defense, but their strength is stopping the run. Their secondary isn’t bad, but the Rams’ speed and explosiveness at the wide receiver position could lead to a lot of mismatches. Look for the Rams to go heavy play-action in this match-up.

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Integrating play-action into the game plan will allow the LA Rams’ speedy wide receivers to get open, by freezing the defense for a split second. I can see the Bills going more zone coverage against the Rams. If that is the case, Stafford will need to use his veteran experience and find the open zone.