Winners, losers of the Bills-Rams opening night matchup

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Absolute dominance.

That’s how one could describe the Buffalo Bills’ commanding 31-10 win over her Los Angeles Rams in the NFL season opener on Thursday.

Since the game was tied 10-10 at the end of the first halfthe Bills went on a 21-0 run over the final two quarters in a statement victory over the defending Super Bowl champions.

With plenty to talk about from the game, here are some winners and losers for both teams:

The Bills defense dictated this game. Although their offense turned the ball over four times, the defense’s solid and reliable performance against Matthew Stafford and the Rams was commendable. Former Ram Von Miller was at the center of it all. He had two of Buffalo’s seven sacks, including three tackles for a loss. This was certainly a quick revenge game for the 33-year-old star.

Missing: Matthew Stafford

After a solid but-could-be-better first half, Stafford collapsed in the second. He finished the game with 240 passing yards on 29 of 41 completions, which doesn’t look bad, but he also threw three interceptions and couldn’t move the ball deep down the field. Two of those picks came in the second half, halting the Rams’ momentum as they tried to keep up with Josh Allen and the flying Bills.

Winner: Josh Allen

Two interceptions blemished Allen’s stat line, but there was no doubt he was a force to be reckoned with. Whether throwing the ball or carrying it, the Rams struggled to contain the dual-threat quarterback. He finished with 297 passing yards, completing 26 of 31 attempts with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His deep passes were accurate and he added a touchdown on the ground after rushing for 56 yards on 10 carries. That’s the level Allen needs to be at to lead Buffalo to a Super Bowl.

Whether it was injury issues or otherwise, Akers wasn’t up to par in Thursday’s loss. After having no carries in the first quarter, he had just three the rest of the way – none of which generated yards. Darrell Henderson shouldered the running load, but mustered just 47 yards on 13 carries, one of which was an 18-yard rush. Not a good start if the Rams hope to be more dynamic this year.

Combining two on one, Stefon Diggs wins a winner while his opponent, Jalen Ramsey, falls into the loser category. In a battle between the No. 1 receiver and the No. 1 corner, and arguably the best corner in the league in Ramsey, Diggs came out on top. He had eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 53-yard deep ball with Ramsey in coverage.

Losers: Rams offensive line Allen Robinson

No Andrew Whitworth, lots of trouble. The Rams’ offensive line just couldn’t stop the Bills’ offense from getting to the house, whether it was the run game or Stafford’s drop. As mentioned above, Stafford was sacked seven times for a loss of 49 yards.

Then there’s Allen Robinson, who didn’t feature much in his debut with the Rams. Since he came from Chicago Bears on a three-year, $46.5 million deal in the offseason, Robinson mustered just one catch for 12 yards. Cooper Kupp, who had 13 catches for 128 yards, will need a lot more help than that as Robinson replaces Odell Beckham Jr. as Stafford’s No. 2.

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