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The reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams was defeated Thursday night at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, by the Buffalo Bills 31-10 in their 2022 season opener, and head coach Sean McVay bears some of the blame.
“We weren’t ready to go yet. That’s up to me,” McVay told reporters after the loss. “There were a lot of decisions I made that didn’t put us in the best position to succeed. It was a very humbling night.”
He added“We’re going to fix this.”
The game was 10-10 at halftime, but errors piled up for the Rams in the second half, and Josh Allen and the Bills went on to break open with 21 unanswered points after halftime.
Aside from the team lifting the Lombardi trophy in front of a packed stadium before kick-off, nothing seemed to go right for the Rams on Thursday night.
Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 29 of 41 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown against three interceptions. The team’s offensive line was also atrocious, with seven sacks.
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Star-wide receiver Cooper Kupp was a bright spot, catching 13 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown, but the rest of the receiving group was underpowered. Tight end Tyler Higbee, running back Darrell Henderson Jr. and wide receivers Ben Skowronek, Allen Robinson II and Brandon Powell combined for just 112 yards.
Robinson, who signed a $46.5 million three-year deal with the Rams during the off-season, caught just one pass for 12 yards in what was a disappointing LA debut for the veteran.
Henderson also saw the most snaps on the run back, finishing with 13 carries for 47 yards. Cam Akers, who was expected to be the team’s best this year, had just three carries for no yards.
Akers is working his way back from an Achilles tendon he sustained in July 2021, but it was surprising to see him no longer involved in the season opener.
McVay told reporters that he couldn’t get Akers and Robinson involved anymore because the offense couldn’t get into a rhythm.
The Rams will bounce back next weekend when they host the Atlanta Falcons.
“My favorite part of sports is the ability to react,” McVay told reporters.