Week 1:Thursday Night Football
Buffalo Bills (Home)
- Date: Thursday, September 8
- Time: 5:20 pm PT
- TV: NBC
I wouldn’t say that there is no love lost between the LA Rams and the Buffalo Bills, but this is the opener of the 2022 NFL season, and both teams are more than eager to make an example of the other team in the eyes of the entire NFL. If nothing else, the entire NFL will train their eyes to the game, as the performance of both the Buffalo Bills and the LA Rams will set the tone for the level of play necessary to be in the running for a playoff berth at the end of the season.
The Buffalo Bills have been a dominating team of late, boasting a 24-9 regular season record over the last two seasons. Part of that sudden streak of success has been due to the emergence of quarterback Josh Allen. The other contributing factor has been the absence of the Bills playing against QB Tom Brady on the New England Patriots twice a season.
For the LA Rams, the arrival of veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford has essentially leveled up this already potent offense. Now, the Rams playbook is made far more dangerous as Stafford has an uncanny ability to improvise, as was on display in authoring three game-winning drives and two fourth-quarter comebacks in the Rams’ four-game winning streak to win Super Bowl LVI.
But he won’t be doing this one alone. The LA Rams scoured NFL players to find the perfect fit, and they feel that they’ve done a good job. I think that they have, as well.
This opener is against an AFC opponent, which means that it has the least bearing in terms of potential NFL tie-breaker calculations for playoff seeding. Be that as it may, I believe this game will mean a great deal to the Rams. It’s all aboard the Crazy Train, folks. Next stop? the winner’s circle.