Rams’ Sean McVay takes blame for loss of season to Bills, promises to do better in future

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay called Thursday night’s three-touchdown, season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills a “humble experience.”

The Rams unveiled their Super Bowl LVI banner, then lost to Buffalo 31-10, never finding any consistency on offense and turned the ball three times.

“If you look at many of the ways this game unfolded, [I] I feel a huge sense of responsibility for this team,” said McVay. “We weren’t ready to go. I’m very proud of that, and it’s my fault. I have to do better. There were a lot of decisions I made that I felt didn’t put our players in a good place.

“So it was a humbling experience, but we stay connected. We’re all going to look inward. We’re going to do better in the future.”

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey simply summed up the evening: “We beat our ass. Straight up.”

Linebacker Bobby Wagner, who signed with Los Angeles this off-season, said he felt “third downs killed us” in the game. The Bills offense finished in third place 9 for 10 (90%), tied for the second best score in the past 30 seasons by any team in a single game. Buffalo never had to pedal.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (29-of-41 passing for 240 yards, TD, 3 INTs and a 63.1 passer rating) was fired seven times. McVay said there were “some cases” where his team used a silent snap count despite being at home, and Buffalo “did a good job increasing the count.”

Stafford said the noise from the crowd at SoFi Stadium, which saw an impressive turnout of Bills fans, didn’t affect him.

“I mean, we’ve prepared for it,” Stafford said. “We were getting ready to be on the silent beat again at home. But it wasn’t something we haven’t done before.”

In Week 18 of last season against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams’ offense was forced to a silent count due to crowd noise at their home stadium.

“Once you go on silent count, you lose the offensive advantage of getting off the ball,” said wide receiver Cooper Kupp. “So ideally you don’t want to be quiet.”

Kupp accounted for more than half of the Rams’ receiving yards on Thursday night, catching 13 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Allen Robinson, who signed a $46.5 million three-year contract with the Rams during the off-season, was targeted only twice on 45 routes, a 4.4% target rate being the lowest in his career.

Cam Akers run back was also noticeably absent from the Rams’ offense, playing just 12 snaps to Darrell Henderson Jr.’s 54.

Asked about Akers’ involvement after the game, McVay said, “We just didn’t really get into a rhythm tonight.”

McVay comes in 0-1 next week, the first time in his career his team is under .500 in a match. According to Elias Sports Bureau, McVay coached the most consecutive games to start a career without his team dropping below .500, coming in at 81 straight in the game.

This report uses information from ESPN Stats & Information.