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The Speed Option: Los Angeles Rams come to town

The Rams visit Buffalo for the first time since moving back to LA

Buffalo Bills v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

This Sunday the Buffalo Bills will be hosting the Los Angeles Rams for the first time since they moved back to L.A. Here’s a speed read on the first of two L.A. teams the Bills will face this season.

2019 Recap

The Rams came back to earth in 2019 after a stellar 2018 season that ended in a Super Bowl defeat at the hands of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots. They finished the year 9-7 and in third place in the NFC West.

2020 Summary

The first two weeks of the 2020 season have looked a lot like the 2018 season for the Rams. They beat the Dallas Cowboys in their first home game at SoFi Stadium and then traveled east to handily beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Head Coach

Sean McVay is in his fourth year as the Rams’ head coach and just coached his 50th regular season game. Through those 50 games he has 35 wins and 15 losses, good for a .700 winning percentage. He’s 2-2 in the playoffs with the two wins coming in their 2018 Super Bowl run.

Offensive Coordinator

Kevin O’Connell (not the former Channel 2 weatherman) is in his first season as the offensive coordinator in L.A. He came to the Rams after not being retained as OC in Washington when Ron Rivera took over the head coaching gig. In 2019, under O’Connell, Washington ranked 31st in yards gained and 32nd in points scored. Through two weeks of 2020 the Rams rank fifth in yards gained and eighth in points scored.

Defensive Coordinator

The Rams’ defensive coordinator, Brandon Staley, is also in his first year with the team. The Rams hired Staley after former Bills head coach Wade Phillips was let go. Staley joined the Rams after three seasons as an outside linebackers coach, one with the Denver Broncos and two prior to that with the Chicago Bears. So far in 2020 his defense ranks 18th in yards allowed and third in points allowed.

Offensive Starters

  • QB: Jared Goff
  • HB: Malcolm Brown
  • WR: Josh Reynolds
  • WR: Robert Woods
  • WR: Cooper Kupp
  • TE: Tyler Higbee
  • LT: Andrew Whitworth
  • LG: Joseph Noteboom
  • C: Austin Blythe
  • RG: Austin Corbett
  • RT: Rob Havenstein

Defensive Starters

  • DE: Michael Brockers
  • NT: Sebastian Joseph-Day
  • DT: Aaron Donald
  • OLB: Leonard Floyd^
  • ILB: Micah Kiser
  • ILB: Troy Reeder
  • CB: Darious Williams
  • CB: Troy Hill
  • CB: Jalen Ramsey
  • SS: Taylor Rapp
  • FS: John Johnson III

^ = 2020 free agent / trade addition