The Los Angeles Rams will head on the road for a Week 3 matchup against the Buffalo Bills in a battle of undefeated teams on Sunday.
The Rams took down a pair of NFC East opponents to open the year, beating the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in back-to-back weeks. This will be a good litmus test for Buffalo, which avoided upsets against the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in Weeks 1 and 2. Last
week, Josh Allen became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 700 yards and complete 70 percent of his passes with zero interceptions through the first two weeks. The only other quarterback to accomplish the feat? Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Can Sean McVay and the Rams stay hot on the road in Buffalo against the Bills on Sunday?
There has been only slight movement on the line in this contest. After opening as a three-point favorite, the Bills currently stand as a two-point favorite. 54 percent of the bets against the spread are backing the Rams with the points.
The over/under for this game has climbed a bit this week. After opening at 44.5 points, the current total, depending on the sportsbook, stands at 46.5 or 47 points. 75 percent of the bets on the total have backed this one going over the total.
Game-time Weather: Temperature at kickoff for this contest is expected to be in the high-70s with the temperature potentially hitting 80 during the contest. That’s summer weather for Western New York in late September. Sunny skies are in the forecast with no rain expected and winds could be a bit tricky. They’re coming out of the south-southwest around 15 miles an hour with gusts kicking up to 21 mph.
McVay, Rams winning without Gurley in 2020
The Rams put together their second straight convincing victory in Week 2, taking down the Eagles on the road 37-19. Jared Goff threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, all to tight end Tyler Higbee, while Cooper Kupp
finished with a team-high 81 receiving yards on the day. Running back Darrell Henderson led the team in rushing, carrying the ball 12 times for 81 yards and a score in the win. For the second straight week, the Rams defense held its opponent under 20 points and forced three Eagles’ turnovers to help L.A. move to 2-0 on the year.
Life without Todd Gurley hasn’t been so bad for the Rams after all. Head coach Sean McVay has employed a running back by committee approach to the backfield this season and it’s worked wonders through the first two games. The Rams enter this week ranked third in the NFL in rushing at 344 yards through two games this year.
In Week 1, it was veteran Malcolm Brown who found the end zone and finished as the team’s leading rusher. Last week, it was Henderson who had the hot hand and turned in the best performance of his young career. The former third-round pick’s performance was particularly encouraging
because rookie Cam Akers left the game in the first quarter and did not return, Brown also left the game in the fourth quarter with a finger injury, leaving Henderson as the only healthy back heading into Week 3. Akers is expected to miss this game, while Brown and Henderson are listed as questionable.
OUT: RB Cam Akers, LB Travin Howard, LB Justin Lawler, LB Terrell Lewis, OL Joe Noteboom, DT A’Shawn Robinson
Allen flashing progress as a pocket passer for Bills
Buffalo escaped with a 31-28 victory over the Miami Dolphins last week behind a career day from signal-caller Josh Allen. Allen finished with 417 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions on the day. He connected
with newly-acquired target Stefon Diggs eight times for 153 yards and a score while veteran receiver John Brown caught four balls for 82 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Bills outgained Miami 524 to 410 in total yardage and Allen led back-to-back touchdown drives of 70-plus yards to help recapture the lead for good in the fourth quarter.
Don’t look now but the Bills lead the NFL in passing yards and are third in yards per game through the first two weeks. Allen’s 729 passing yards are the most in the league but it’s not just the yardage totals that have been impressive for the young quarterback. The 24-year-old sports a sparkling
6:0 TD:INT ratio through two weeks and he’s completed 70.4 percent of his passes, which is a vast improvement over the career-high 58.8 percent mark that he set a season ago. Allen is still running the ball too, racking up 75 yards and a score on the ground through the first two games.
On defense, Buffalo sits among the league leaders in several categories. The Bills are ranked in the top-5 in total defense and rushing defense through two weeks. They’ve given up just 75.5 yards per game on the ground, which ranks third in the NFL.
OUT: RB Zack Moss, TE Dawson Knox, LB Del’Shawn Phillips, G Jon Feliciano, CB E.J. Gaines, WR Isaiah Hodgins, DT Star Lotulelei, CB Josh Norman, TE Tommy Sweeney
Questionable: LB Tremaine Edmunds, CB Taron Johnson, LB Matt Milano