Rams to play Buffalo Bills in NFL season opener: Five takeaways from the matchup

The Super Bowl champion Rams will play the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, September 8, The league announced Thursday that it will take place at SoFi Stadium for the NFL season opener.

The game will begin at 5 p.m. PDT and air on NBC.

Five takeaways from the game:

Super Bowl preview? The Rams are trying to become the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the New England Patriots achieved that feat in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

The Rams added Pro Bowl receiver Alan Robinson and six-time All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner to a team consisting of quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Cooper Cooper, defensive linebacker Aaron The star-studded team of Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsay.

The Bills appear to be on the verge of making a breakthrough in the AFC and reaching the Super Bowl for the first time since the last of four consecutive Super Bowl losses in the 1993 season.

Quarterback Josh Allen and receiver Stephen Diggs were stars on offense, while edge-rusher Von Miller, who helped the Rams win Super Bowl LVI, now leads the defense.

Super Bowl 57 will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Matthew Stafford-Josh Allen Duel will be must-see TV: After starring in last season’s Super Bowl, Stafford, 34, could shape a potential Hall of Fame resume.

The No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft is the greatest in a leading comeback — see last season’s NFC Divisional Round victories over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady — and has passed for nearly 50,000 yards. Last season, he passed for 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) brought Buffalo to the brink of the Super Bowl last season.

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Allen, the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft, is a star in 2020 and needs a Super Bowl ring to join the top league’s elite quarterback. Last season, he passed for 36 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and 6 runs for touchdowns.

Allen was so energized that the NFL changed overtime rules after he was stripped of possession in divisional round losses to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Von Miller is chasing a three-game winning streak: The Rams traded Miller, a future Hall of Famer, midseason in 2021. He made a few big games before starring in a Super Bowl LVI victory in the playoffs.

That’s why Beal — who went over the top by overtaking Mahomes — gave Miller a six-year deal that includes $51.4 million guaranteed, according to overthecap.com.

Miller won the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and Rams.

In the opener, he will begin his quest to join former NFL linebacker Matt Mirren as the only player to win Super Bowl rings from three different teams. Mirren led the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Washington to wins.

Kupp and Stefon Diggs lugging cash: Last season, Koop led the league in receptions (145Z), yards received (1,947) and touchdowns (16) and won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. Koop was targeted 191 times.

Diggs completed 103 passes for 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was targeted 164 times.

In April, Diggs signed a four-year extension that included $70 million in guarantees. That helps lay the groundwork for a big-contract offseason for NFL receivers — Koop’s payday could be a record ahead of the season opener.

SoFi’s Bill Mafia? The Rams experienced 49ers fans invading SoFi Stadium last season.

It could be an influence to expect the fanbase that Bill notices to travel across the country for more of the same.

But there are still six months of planning…


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