The undefeated Los Angeles Rams have a chance to start 3-0 for the 3rd straight season, but they face a tough task as they travel to Buffalo to take on the surging Bills. While the Bills have only defeated the Jets and Dolphins, Josh Allen and the offense have looked very impressive in those games. Los Angeles is 5-0 in early East Coast games under Sean McVay, outscoring their opponents 185-89. The average margin of victory in these games is 19.2 PPG. While I doubt that’ll be the case this time around, it’ll be intriguing to see if McVay can maintain his success in these contests. With this being arguably the best opponent on LA’s schedule thus far, the team will need big contributions from big players. Without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 Rams to watch this weekend.
RB Darrell Henderson
In each of the Rams’ 2 games this year, a different RB has stepped up with a big performance. Last week was Darrell Henderson’s coming out party, which is something Rams fans have waited for since he was taken in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Henderson ran it 12 times for 81 yards (6.8 YPC!) and a TD, while adding 2 catches for 40 yards. He almost had a receiving TD, had Jared Goff not slightly overthrown him. Henderson looked great against the Eagles, and with Cam Akers’ status in question, expect LA to give Henderson and Malcolm Brown the majority of the snaps. Buffalo’s defense has given up just 151 rushing yards through 2 games, which is 3rd in the league. However, they rank just 21st in run stop win rate, per ESPN. This will be a great matchup to watch.
LG David Edwards
When starting LG Joseph Noteboom went down with an injury against Philadelphia, Edwards stepped in and played decent enough, earning himself a 61.2 PFF grade. Edwards is expected to start against Buffalo, and he’ll have his work cut out for him. The Bills are 1st in the NFL in pass rush win rate, and Bills DT Ed Oliver ranks among the top 10 of all DT’s in that category. Bills HC Sean McDermott will likely want to test Edwards by lining up Oliver opposite of him, and it will be a long day if the former Wisconsin draft choice doesn’t step up early.
CB Jalen Ramsey
Since Jalen Ramsey signed a massive 5-year, $105 million contract extension, we haven’t heard his name much during the Rams’ games. This is a good thing. While some fans only focus on interceptions, I think it speaks far more to a CB’s ability when the opposing QB is scared to throw their way. That’s exactly what Eagles QB Carson Wentz did on Sunday, as he only targeted Ramsey twice and didn’t complete either attempt (per ESPN’s Seth Walder). Games like this are a sign of a true lockdown corner. Ramsey’s play freed up teammates Darious Williams and Troy Hill to each record an interception, due to the fact Wentz was forced to target them. Ramsey will go up against a very talented receiving core led by Stefon Diggs and John Brown. Ramsey will likely be shadowing Diggs for the majority of the game, and he’ll look to slow down the league leader in receiving yards through 2 weeks. Diggs is an elite route runner that will test Ramsey all afternoon.
TE Tyler Higbee
After a historic run to end the 2019 season, many had high expectations for Tyler Higbee. It appears that run was no fluke, as Higbee became the first Ram since Torry Holt in 2006 with 3 receiving TDs in a single game. The star TE finished the game with a 5/57/3 line. This week, Higbee faces off against a Bills defense that just gave up 130 yards and a TD on 8 catches to Miami TE Mike Gesicki. Gesicki had never eclipsed the 100-yard mark in his career before that game. Higbee has a great matchup to look forward to, and the Goff will likely look his way more with Tre’Davious White locking up his WRs. If you’re into fantasy football like I am, you should definitely consider playing Higbee this week.
Edge Leonard Floyd
After letting Dante Fowler walk in the offseason, Floyd was signed from the Chicago Bears as an attempt to replace him. So far, the experiment has yielded mixed results. On one hand, Floyd has played well against the run. On the other, he hasn’t done much as a pass rusher. This isn’t a surprise to most, as it’s what he displayed in his time with the Bears. The matchup with the Bills OL plays perfectly into Floyd’s skill set. Buffalo ranks 6th in pass block win rate, but 30th in run block win rate. Floyd will certainly be asked to rush the passer on Sunday, but look for him to make some big plays in the run game.