Week 3 Bills scouting report and key matchups vs Los Angeles Rams

Week 3: Bills scouting report and key matchups vs Los Angeles Rams

  • aaron donald
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Jalen Ramsey
  • Jared Goff
  • Josh Allen
  • Kenny Young
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Micah Hyde
  • Micah Kiser
  • NFL Week 3
  • Stefon Diggs
  • Tyler Higbee
By Raul Corona September 25, 2020 0 Comment
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The LA Rams are coming off a convincing victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, but week 3 will give them the opportunity to take things up a notch and make a statement against a quality opponent. The Rams are facing the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on Sunday at 1 pm ET. Here are some things we need to know about the AFC East rival and key matchups to watch.

Who are the Buffalo Bills?

The Bills have started their campaign 2-0 and appear to be legitimate contenders, but their record might be misleading. Buffalo started their season by beating one of the worst teams in recent years in the New York Jets. In week 2 they struggled against a mediocre Miami Dolphins team. The AFC East is probably the weakest division in football, so take their victories with a grain of salt.

Offense

Quarterback Josh Allen is currently leading the league in passing yards and he was just named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Dolphins. He threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns while garnering a 147 quarterback rating. Not bad. Allen is a terrific quarterback and playmaker, he has one of the strongest arms in the league and can also make plays with his feet.

His offensive cast includes stellar wide receiver Stefon Diggs who also came up big against Miami, catching eight passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. Again, not bad. John Brown and Cole Beasley round up their short but speedy receiving corps. Dawson Knox is an average starter at tight end. They are particularly good at abusing the middle of the defense with slants.

That is about it for the Bills offense. Their offensive line is middle-of-the-pack at best and neither Devin Singletary nor Zack Moss are any real threat in the running game. Other than Josh Allen making crazy plays and bulldozing linebackers, the Bills ground game was ineffective against Miami and lost the time of possession battle 28:55 to 31:05.

Defense

It is known that Sean McDermott‘s Bills thrive on their defense. Their defensive line does not feature any marquee names but they are disciplined and follow their game plans to the letter. Running on the Bills is a feat in itself. Their linebackers are not much to write about except for Tremaine Edmunds who is also the leader of the defense and was absent last week due to injury.

The strongest unit for Buffalo is their secondary. They have two of the best players at their position in shutdown cornerback Tre’Davious White and safety Micah Hyde. However, cornerback Levi Wallace is exploitable and safety Jordan Poyer is simply serviceable.

Overall, the Bills have a few stars on an otherwise average roster. Just to get an idea, Pro Football Focus did not include a single Buffalo player in their Top 100.

But do not sleep on the Bills. Despite their apparent lack of star-power, Buffalo is a hard-nosed football team. They play well in all three phases of the game, are extremely well-coached, and will feature an excellent game plan to try and stop the Rams.

Rams vs Bills matchups

Stefon Diggs vs Jalen Ramsey

We all saw this one coming from miles away. Jalen Ramsey did not give up a single completion against the Eagles and will be looking to build on his performance this Sunday in Buffalo. If Ramsey is able to take away Diggs as a target for Josh Allen, then he will look for completions with their other receivers who will likely have a hard time against the Rams secondary.

Eventually, Allen will try to get Diggs involved and that is where Ramsey will get his first interception of the year.

Aaron Donald vs the Bills offensive line

Dion Dawkins (LT), Quinton Spain (LG), Mitch Morse (C), Cody Ford (RG), and Daryl Williams (RT). Recognize any name ? Probably not. Those are the starters for the Bills offensive line. None of them are truly outstanding players able to block Aaron Donald one-on-one. Though few lineman can.

It will require a masterful game plan to take #99 out of the game, and even if that does happen, the rest of the Rams defensive line and edge rushers should win their individual matchups. Expect the full Aaron Donald experience on Sunday or multiple sacks for the rest of the defense.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett vs Bills linebackers

Against Miami, the Bills’ defense was without linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, and surrendered 130 receiving yards and one touchdown to Dolphins’ tight end Mike Gesicki.

Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett are better players and will be heavily involved in the Rams’ gameplan against the Bills. They must exploit the middle of the field and force Buffalo’s defense to play man-to-man against the Rams talented receivers which, in turn, will open up the possibilities for a big play downfield. Look for this tight end group to gain 100 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday.

Josh Allen vs Micah Kiser/Kenny Young

Linebacker Micah Kiser has turned it around. After a rough start against Dallas in week 1, he rebounded and played lights-out against the Eagles, tallying up 16 tackles and forcing one fumble. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Inside linebacker Kenny Young also played well in his second game and his versatility is an asset to the Rams defense.

Against Buffalo, both of them will have to be on their toes. Josh Allen will start scrambling at one point during the game and it will be up to Kiser and Young to stop him. Maybe one of them will act as a QB spy in certain situations. If Allen takes off, he must be tackled hard and low, otherwise, the Rams linebackers will get the Kyle Van Noy treatment. Limiting his running lanes and playing disciplined football will be key.

Prediction:

This game will not be as close as many think. The Rams will control the time of possession and run for 100 yards at least. Jared Goff will throw for 2 touchdowns and run another one himself. The defense will stifle Josh Allen and sack him 3 times. Jalen Ramsey will get his first interception of the year.

Rams defeat the Bills 35 – 20

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