Los Angeles Rams Fall 35-32 to Buffalo Bills, Drop to 2-1

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Bills tight end Tyler Kroft (81) beats Rams linebacker Micah Kiser to catch the game winning touchdown. They defeated Los Angeles 35-32.

The visiting Los Angeles Rams couldn’t pull off their comeback bid, falling to the Buffalo Bills 35-32. Here’s what we learned from today’s matchup:

LA Stages Late Comeback

Down 28-3 halfway through the third quarter, it seemed liked the Rams were on a one-way trip to Blow Out City. Following a Jared Goff sneak for a touchdown, LA snagged an interception off a Josh Allen pass. A questionable call, the interception helped spark a Rams comeback bid, with LA scoring on their next three drives to take a 32-28 lead. With 25 seconds left and facing fourth down, the Bills got the first down thanks to a pass interference call on Rams defensive back Darious Williams. A touchdown pass from Bills quarterback Josh Allen to tight end Tyler Kroft sealed the win for Buffalo. 

Darrell Henderson’s Follow Up Act

Last week against Philadelphia, Rams running back Darrell Henderson set a career-high 81 yards in rushing. This week, he had another career game, with 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. He keeps this up, and he may just become the RB1 in this Rams backfield.

Donald Puts on Show

When you look up “one-man wrecking crew” in the dictionary, you will more than likely see Aaron Donald’s picture. Sure, it was the offense scoring touchdowns, but the Rams defender was key in spurring their comeback attempt, racking up a pair of sacks and forcing a Josh Allen fumble. The Los Angeles offense took advantage of the turnover, scoring a Darrell Henderson touchdown to go up 32-28. While Donald can do it all, he can only do so much. On Buffalo’s final drive, they faced third and long twice (3rd & 22 and 3rd & 25, respectively), and picked up the first down both times. The Los Angeles defense couldn’t get the job done, despite Donald’s heroics.

Rams’ Kryptonite

Here’s an interesting tidbit: since 2002, the Rams are now 3-14 against AFC East foes. In those four seasons, they reached eight wins only once. That was the 2004 season, when the then St. Louis Rams finished 8-8 but still made the playoffs. They would go on to lose in a Divisional Round matchup against the Atlanta Falcons 47-17.

Next week should be an easier assignment for the Rams, who play at home against the 0-3 New York Giants. Kickoff will take place at SoFi Stadium at 1:05 PST.

 

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