Top 3 takeaways from Buffalo Bills vs Los Angeles Rams in Week 1

Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Opening Night of the 2022 NFL Season is in the books, and there’s a lot to take away from the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams.  For one, we can see how both squads, at least defensively, will be a force to be reckoned with. At the same time, both sides had struggles offensively, specifically Buffalo, with three in the first half. Los Angeles, meanwhile, merely had trouble moving the ball against a strong front by the Buffalo defense.

Then again, though the games count now, the first week of the regular season is always an arduous task for any team, let alone a preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl or a team that is the league’s reigning champions.

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Wide receiver Cooper Kupp #10 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates with quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 after catching a four-yard touchdown reception against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of the NFL game at SoFi Stadium on September 08, 2022, in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Takeaway No. 1: Cooper Kupp needs help from his fellow receivers

13 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown is not a bad stat line to have. But when the scoreboard is as lopsided as it was, the work goes for naught. Ultimately, the Rams need to find an option outside of Cooper Kupp. Having Odell Beckham Jr last year certainly helped, but Beckham was not on the field. He was at the game but not on the roster, and that certainly had an impact on the game.

OBJ’s presence last season allowed defenses to speculate consistently about who to cover. This time, it was Kupp all by himself, and he certainly balled. But the Super Bowl MVP can’t be the only receiving option for a team that is looking to repeat as champions. Week One or not, it will be up to Sean McVay and the rest of the staff to find ways to spread the ball around instead of being one-dimensional.