I’m not sure if I’m going to comment every week as I no longer have NFL game pass (or whatever it’s called now). My comments, if I have any, will be based on highlight footgae. That’s how I “watched” the Rams-Bills games on Thursday.
Here are some thoughts on that game:
I was kinda surprised by the number of turnovers in this game, particularly by the Bills. Had the Bills protected the ball better, I’m guessing the final score would have been even uglier. (I saw Stafford struggle with ball security in the earlier part of last season, but since they went on to win the Super Bowl, I assumed his ball security got a lot better. But then I heard the commentator say he threw the most INTs last year; and just seeing the INTs in this game, I’m wondering if his ball security is still shaky.)
Question for those who watched the game: Were the Rams in shotgun/spread formations a lot? That’s the impression I got. In general, was the running game a factor with both offenses?
With regard to both questions, I think this could impact the Rams pass protection–and based on the highlights–it didn’t look so good. My sense is that McVay’s offense (with the OL talent they’ve had) won’t be able to provide great pass pro–if the run game isn’t a factor. The latter manifests itself in more long-yardage (read: obvious passing situations). The Rams offense, like pro-style offenses, will struggle a lot more in these situations, compared to really good spread/pass-first offenses (e.g., Chiefs, Patriots with Brady).