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Buffalo Bills 21, Los Angeles Rams 3: Second-half open thread

Another hot start for the Bills.

The Buffalo Bills are heading into halftime with a 21-3 lead over the Los Angeles Rams, thanks to some strong red zone play on offense and timely high-impact plays on defense.

Josh Allen hasn’t had as many opportunities for big plays against the star-studded Rams defense, but he’s been extremely efficient in leading three touchdown drives in four opportunities. In the first drive, the Bills overcame two overturned touchdowns (one by review, one by penalty) to finish the drive with a Lee Smith TD catch on fourth down. In their other touchdown drive, Allen called his own number on quarterback runs over and over to finish the drive in the red zone. Overall, he’s 10/14 for 128 yards and two touchdowns as a passer, adding three carries for six yards and a touchdown. Devin Singletary has also been efficient when needed, with 8 carries for 38 yards.

The Rams, and their dangerous run-heavy offense, have played well against Buffalo’s defense—they’ve run 28 plays for 5.3 yards per play. But the Bills are on top mostly by taking advantage of a few key plays. On L.A.’s first drive, A.J. Epenesa had his first career sack, and Matt Milano followed with his own sack on third down. That pushed the Rams back enough that their field goal attempt missed. Levi Wallace also shut down another drive with an interception. The Bills defense allowed another drive to reach the red zone, but clamped down and limited the damage to 3 points.

Other bits of note: Cody Ford started at left guard today, with Brian Winters at right guard. Rookie receiver Gabriel Davis already has four catches for 81 yards—well on his way to his first 100-yard game. The team’s two receiving touchdowns both went to tight ends: Lee Smith and Tyler Kroft.

The Rams will receive the opening kickoff of the second half. Let’s look forward to the Bills maintaining this lead all the way to a 3-0 record! Here’s our second half discussion thread for the afternoon.