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Thursday will be a night to remember the Los Angeles Rams when they get to hoist their Super Bowl banner at SoFi Stadium.
But when the game starts against the Buffalo Billsthe Rams will be considered underdogs despite not losing many players from last season’s roster.
Fox Bet has the Bills as two-point favorites over the Rams.
The bills are the Super Bowl Preseason Favoritesa team in the AFC with an MVP-caliber quarterback, deadly assault weapons, and an intimidating defense.
Again, the Rams are no slouch in those departments either. Matthew Stafford, last season in his first year as an Aries after years with the Detroit Lions, led his team to a Super Bowl victory. Widely regarded as the best defensive player in the NFL, Aaron Donald still chases offensive linemen every week.
“It’s going to be fun,” Donald told The Associated Press. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to be loud. … We definitely need to go out and play a good team and try to find a way to win.”
On the other hand, Allen wants to start his season strong at Buffalo and set the tone by beating the Rams.
“If you’re going to play the defending Super Bowl champions and see them raise their banner, that’s definitely going to be an interesting feeling,” he said. “And I’ve talked to a few people who have played and coached in this match before. And the unanimous thing they talked about was that it feels like a play-off atmosphere.”
The only way these two teams can meet in the playoffs is in the Super Bowl in Arizona this year.
“We have to understand that we’re going in, not too high and not too low. Understand the flow of the game and just try to put our best foot forward,” Allen said.
Sean McVay, the head coach of the Rams, has no season opener lost in his five seasons leading the team. The Rams are also 19-3 since 2000 in Week 1 games.