NFL kickoff: Josh Allen’s four touchdowns give the Bills a 31-10 victory over the Rams





The Bills hype train has been running all offseason.

With a win to open the season, they showed signs of why that has been the case.

On a night where the Rams raised their championship banner from winning Super Bowl LVI, the Bills came to SoFi Stadium and defeated Los Angeles 31-10 — and it could have easily been lopsided.

At times the play was sloppy from both sides. The Bills had three turnovers in the first half, though they led to just three Rams points. LA quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times as his team’s offense struggled to find consistency. The score was tied at 10 after two quarters.

But in the second half, the Bills controlled the ball and the clock and pulled away to start the season 1-0.

Although receiver Isaiah McKenzie dropped a pass that ended up as an interception in the first half, he scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. Josh Allen fired a 7-yard pass to him down the right side that put Buffalo up 17-10.

Receiver Gabriel Davis also picked up where he left off in last season’s divisional round, catching a 26-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter. He then caught a 47-yard pass to start the fourth quarter that started Allen’s 4-yard touchdown run.

Allen’s score capped a physical 13-play, 89-yard drive that took 6:44 off the clock and put Buffalo firmly in control of the game with 13:27 left in the fourth quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Stafford attempted a no-look pass downfield to Kupp. But it went off the top of his hands and into the waiting arms of safety Jordan Poyer for Stafford’s second interception of the night.

Allen and Diggs removed any doubt when they connected for a 53-yard touchdown on third-and-4 with 9:25 left in the contest.

Allen finished the contest 26-of-31 passing for 297 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. He also led the Bills with 10 carries for 56 yards with a TD.

For good measure, defensive end Boogie Basham tipped a Stafford pass to himself to give the Bills their third interception of the night. But the Bills didn’t score when running back Zack Moss fumbled in the red zone.

While Los Angeles’ defense came up with a few takeaways, the team generally had trouble stopping Buffalo’s offense. The Bills started the game 9-of-10 on third down and averaged 7.3 yards per carry. play after Diggs scored his touchdown.

According to Bills PR, Buffalo set a franchise record with seven sacks in a season opener. The previous record was six against Minnesota in 1994.

Thursday’s game was the Rams’ first season-opening loss in the Sean McVay era. The Rams will be back at SoFi Stadium to host the Falcons next week.

The 1-0 Bills will get to enjoy a long weekend and an extra day of rest before hosting the Titans next Monday night.



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