The Buffalo Bills affirm their Super Bowl aspirations with an emphatic 31-10 victory over the defending champion LA Rams in the NFL season opener

By Ben Morse, CNN

If there was any doubt about the Buffalo Bills’ aspirations this season, they laid down a first milestone Thursday night in Los Angeles.

The Bills forcefully beat the defending Super Bowl champions, the LA Rams, 31-10 at their home stadium in the season opener to establish their stand – Super Bowl or bust.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw three touchdowns and ran for another as they used a big second half to run away from the stuttering Rams.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs finished with 122 receiving yards and a touchdown, with Gabe Davis and Isaiah McKenzie also catching touchdown passes.

While the Bills’ offense buzzed, it was actually Buffalo’s defense that stole the show.

They intercepted Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford three times and hit him 15 times, including seven sacks.

It was a particularly significant victory for Bills linebacker Von Miller who, after winning the Super Bowl last year with the Rams, signed for the Bills in the offseason. Miller finished Thursday’s win with two sacks and three tackles for a loss.

According to the NFL, the Rams’ 21-point loss was the second-largest margin of loss ever for a defending Super Bowl champion, just one point shy of the Baltimore Ravens’ 22-point loss to the Denver Broncos. in 2013. was Peyton Manning’s first game with the Broncos.

And despite the emphatic win, Diggs said the team weren’t getting too far ahead of themselves just yet, pointing to mistakes made – including two lost fumbles – as reasons to stay focused.

“I wouldn’t really call it a signature win. I would say it was the first game,” Diggs said afterwards. “Because people win their first game and can lose every one of them after that.

“So try not to ride that wave. We did some good things, we had four turnovers. Four turnovers can cost you the game. Luckily our defense, they stepped up, they played a hell of a game. We have to keep improving in attack. We have done good things, but we have to go back to the lab.

Football is back

Seven months after the last NFL action, the league is finally back. And seven months after winning the Super Bowl in February, the Rams are back.

As is tradition for defending champions, players and fans alike enjoyed a moment to celebrate last season’s title success, seeing their commemorative championship banner hoisted over the rafters of SoFi Stadium.

However, despite the positive atmosphere in the stadium, it was the traveling squad that set the tone from the first minute.

An 11-game, 75-yard, five-minute drive from Buffalo’s offense cut the wind from the stadium as Davis entered the end zone.

Although the scores were tied at halftime – Stafford connecting with star receiver Cooper Kupp to tie the game – the second half was a more one-sided affair.

Three straight touchdowns on three straight possessions for the Bills, with the Rams offense struggling to move the ball, built an emphatic lead.

Kupp, who is coming off a historic triple season last year – leading the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns – finished with an impressive stat line, ending with 13 receptions and 128 yards as well as the touched, but it wasn’t enough for the Rams to overpower.

Afterwards, Rams head coach Sean McVay – who signed a contract extension with general manager Les Snead in the hours before – took responsibility for the flat performance.

“We weren’t ready to go, I’m very proud of that, and that’s on me,” McVay told reporters.

“I have to do better, there were a lot of decisions I made that I don’t think put our players in good positions. It was a humbling experience, but we’re going to stay connected, we’re going to look inside we’re going to do a better job moving forward but you give bills credit and then we have to understand that we have to have that mindset and mentality to be able to move forward Consequently.

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