The LA Rams lost a heartbreaker to the Buffalo Bills this past weekend, 35-32. Yes, there was a blown defensive pass interference call but that did not decide the game. There were plenty other miscues by the Rams that cost them the game.
That being said, the Rams offense kept rolling and looked as good as ever out-gaining the Bills on the ground and through the air. Jared Goff led the attack throwing for 321 yards, two touchdowns and one rushing TD. Goff looked crisp and decisive with the only blemish being an interception thrown into triple coverage. After three games, Goff is the third highest-rated quarterback according to Pro Football Focus and is light years ahead of his subpar 2019 performance.
One of the biggest surprises of the young 2020 season is the emergence of second year running back Darrell Henderson. The key for the Rams heading into the game was to run the ball and Henderson topped 100 rushing yards for the first time in his career with 114 yards on 20 carries, good for 5.7 yards per carry. Henderson had five carries for 10+ yards with his longest going for 14. He looked quick and decisive hitting the hole hard.
Even though the Rams dug themselves a massive hole by falling behind by 25 points, head coach Sean McVay stayed with the balanced attack with 14 rushes and passes. This is refreshing to see as he and the Rams abandoned the run when trailing last year.
Wide receiver Cooper Kupp led the Rams in targets, receptions and yards with 10/9/107 and a TD. He converted on third down and set up several key blocks throughout the game. Rookie Van Jefferson only appeared in eight snaps while fourth year receiver Josh Reynolds matched Kupp with 62 snaps.
Aaron Donald continued to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines with two sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He simply could not be blocked in the second half and wrecked the game for Josh Allen and company.
In the end, the Rams could not hold onto the lead. Whether it was lapses by the defense, missed tackles or blown calls, they did not do enough to escape Buffalo with the win.