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

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Defensive strengths

The Rams’ defense is very similar to the Bills’ defense. The Rams’ defense has a lot of playmakers, and they provide excellent rushing defense. The Rams are great at getting after the quarterback, thanks to All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Donald takes on a lot of double teams, allowing other defenders to get open and make plays. OLB Leonard Floyd is another huge pass rusher for the Rams as well.

The Rams have an above-average secondary with All-Pro defensive back Jalen Rasmey anchoring their passing defense. It will be interesting to see if Ramsey follows the Bills’ superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris loves to use a zone defense, so DB Troy Hill and second-year DB Robert Rochell could factor in as huge contributors as well.

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Defending the run

The Rams need to slow down the Bills rushing attack. By slowing their running offense, it makes the Bills one-dimensional. In the past, that would be a concern, particularly with an offense that has a dual-threat quarterback like Josh Allen who can hurt you with his arm or his legs.

If only the LA Rams had an All-Pro inside linebacker like former Seattle Seahawks ILB Bobby Wagner. Oh, wait. The Rams do have Wagner, and he will be the key component of stopping the Bills running attack. If he can clog up some holes making it difficult for them to run the ball, then the Rams can take control of the game.