NFL opening night preview – Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News

 

The 2022 NFL season kicks off in prime time tonight, as the defending world champion Los Angeles Rams play host to the two-time defending AFC East champion Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The game airs nationally on NBC, with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 EST.

The Rams, led by veteran star QB Matthew Stafford and a high-powered offense, look to defend their title and become the first NFL team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots did it in 2003 and 2004.

Outspoken Christian Cooper Kupp is looking to follow up his dominant 2021 campaign with a similar offensive output. The NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 logged over 1,900 yards receiving, 143 receptions, and 16 touchdowns, all league-leading numbers last season.

Buffalo, reborn under head coach Sean McDermott and a talented Josh Allen at quarterback, has become one of the dominant teams in the AFC after nearly two decades of irrelevance. The team is looking to avenge a heart-wrenching playoff loss in last year’s divisional round in Kansas City, where Allen and the offense never saw the field as Chief’s signal-caller Patrick Mahomes led the game-ending scoring march in overtime to win 42-36.

The Bills are slated as a slight 2.5 point-favorite despite playing in a hostile environment.

Many fans believe this opening night tilt could serve as a prologue to Super Bowl LVI, as the Bills and Rams are both contenders to represent their conference in the big game.

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