After weeks of speculation and rumors, the Buffalo Bills will officially open the NFL season against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, September 8th at 8 pm on NBC and NFL Network. The game will be played in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium, where the defending Super Bowl Champs play. There are a couple of intriguing storylines to this game to kick off the season.
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The Return Of Von Miller
In one of the most significant moves in the NFL this offseason, the Bills signed Defensive End Von Miller. After joining the Rams via trade from the Denver Broncos for second and third-round picks right before last season’s trade deadline, Miller comes straight off a Super Bowl victory with the Los Angeles.
Although Miller spent less than one season with the Rams, he was crucial in their run to the Super Bowl. Miller had two sacks, three QB hits, and one pass defended in the Super Bowl alone.
It was thought that Miller would resign with the Rams, but Miller released a video himself on March 16th declaring he would sign with the Bills, a shock to those around the NFL. This offseason, the Bills added several other players, but none will be as hyped up as Miller against his former team.
Champs vs. Favorites
This game obviously features the Super Bowl Champions from last season in the Rams, but the current betting favorites for this next season’s Super Bowl are the Buffalo Bills. After the playoffs last season, many fans and analysts across the NFL thought of the Bills as the biggest threat to the Rams’ attempt to repeat.
Currently, via BetMGM, the Buffalo Bills are +650 to win the Super Bowl, while the Rams have the fifth-best odds at +1100. The NFL matched up last season’s Super Bowl winner with this season’s Super Bowl favorite, which is must-see TV.
The Bills only have one trip to the west coast on their schedule against the Rams. This means Buffalo gets to make their only major week of travel in week 1, effectively getting it over with. Additionally, it has already been confirmed that the Bills will play the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in Week 2.
This means Buffalo gets an 11-day break after their trip west coast and a really nice break before facing last year’s one-seed in the AFC. All around, the Bills not only start the season on prime time, but they get some solid extra days to rest after week 1.