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

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Defensive Weakness

The Rams need to make sure they keep Bills quarterback Josh Allen in the pocket. Once Allen gets outside of the pocket, he can be extremely dangerous, not only using his legs to threaten to scramble for a first down, but he can make throws on the run with his powerful arm as well. He can single-handedly put the Bills’ offense on his back.

Keeping the quarterback in the pocket can be a problem for the Rams, particularly after losing their best contain pass-rusher in Von Miller to the Bills. Containment starts with discipline and that discipline starts with leadership.

The Rams’ pass rush must ensure to collapse the pocket simultaneously. While that will place additional pressure on Donald not to outhustle his teammates, the Rams will need solid performances out of NT Greg Gaines and DE A’Shawn Robinson. Both players had huge postseason performances, so they simply need to pick up where they left off a year ago.

Stopping the air attack

Stopping the Bills’ air attack will be a tall task for the Rams’ defense. Besides Ramsey, the Rams need another playmaker in the secondary to step up. The Rams’ pass coverage will be pushed to the limit if their pass rush cannot get to the quarterback. But they will.

With the Rams acquiring DB Troy Hill, I can see the Rams mixing in some cover two with man to help limit the big plays down the field. The only issue about playing man is that if containment breaks down, there will be a lot of room for Allen to run. Look for the Rams to mix up their coverage to try to throw off the young quarterback. And the Rams could use ILB Ernest Jones as a spy to ensure that Allen does not have open running lanes.