The Rams were victorious against the Bengals by a score of 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI, which was held at the Rams’ very own stadium. They’ll kick off the 2017 season by playing the Bills in the same venue they did last year.
Last year, the Bills ended with an 11-6 record, but their playoff game against the Chiefs went into overtime. They are widely regarded as the favorites to triumph in Super Bowl LVII and for good reason.
Game Preview: The Rams are Hoping to Win the Championship for a Second Time
The Rams spent the summer after their victory in the Super Bowl the previous season mostly focusing on extending the contracts of its already top-level personnel and striving to remain under the pay cap.
Their most notable addition was wide receiver Allen Robinson, formerly of the Bears and Jaguars. Robinson had an injury that forced him to miss five games during the previous season.
Robinson has been outstanding when he has been able to maintain his health, and he should be able to adequately replace the void created by Odell Beckham Jr. and Robert Woods. This year, the Rams did not get any draft selections that were in the Top 100.
In addition to Robinson, the Rams have Cooper Kupp, who is often considered to be the best wide receiver in the NFL.
He concluded the previous season with 145 catches, 1,947 yards, and 16 touchdowns, which earned him the wide receiver triple crown. He was the first player to accomplish this feat since Steve Smith Sr. in 2005.
However, Kupp’s domination did not end there; he led the Rams all the way to the Super Bowl, and as a result, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.
The chemistry between quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, together with a stout defense anchored by Aaron Donald, makes the Rams a difficult team to defeat.
The Rams’ chances of winning again this season will depend heavily on the fitness of running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr., as well as their availability.
Bills Enter as Super Bowl Favorites
The Bills come into the new season with great hopes once again after winning their division once again but being eliminated from the playoffs at an early stage.
For the third year in a row, fifth-year quarterback Josh Allen finished among the top quarterbacks in the league.
In the offseason, the Bills, much like the Rams, didn’t do much to garner much attention for themselves.
They did this in order to keep under the salary limit while also working to stabilize their squad, which resulted in the dismissal of veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley.
Jamison Crowder, a wide receiver who formerly played for the Jets, was their most prominent new addition.
Cornerback Kaiir Elam, who played for the University of Florida, was the player selected by the Buffalo Bills as the first overall choice in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Due in part to the injury suffered by top cornerback Tre’Davious White, who is anticipated to lose some time to begin the season, it is quite possible that Elam will be thrown into the action relatively quickly.
Running back James Cook, who is the younger brother of Dalvin Cook, who is a great running back for the Vikings, was taken by Buffalo in the second round.
Cook has made a great impression on the Bills coaches throughout training camp and the preseason thus far, and he may be in competition with other running backs Zach Moss and Devin Singletary for starting time on a squad that is very deep.
Prediction and Pick for the Rams Game Against the Bills
This game has all the makings of a dress rehearsal for Super Bowl LVII. Despite the fact that they are the reigning Super Bowl winners, the Rams will start the season in Vegas with a point advantage.
This demonstrates that the Bills have a deep and talented roster, which places them among the top teams in the league. To start off the 2022–2023 NFL season, I anticipate a game that will be both exciting and competitive.
After all, is said and done, I have a feeling that the Rams, who are playing at home, will emerge victorious.