A review of the latest injury news and game odds for the Buffalo Bills, as they prepare to host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3 at Bills Stadium.
Josh Allen continued his impressive start to this season, with the first 400-yard passing game of his NFL career in the Week 2 31-28 win over the Miami Dolphins. However, the team as a whole will have to play better this weekend, as the Buffalo Bills face off against the Los Angeles Rams in a battle of 2-0 teams.
At the time of posting, Odds Shark have the Bills as -1.5 favorites. What’s interesting though is that this number has dropped during the week, after Buffalo opened as -3 favorites.
This will only be the third meeting between the two teams since 2008, so history can’t really be used as much of an indicator. The fact the Bills are the home side won’t theoretically mean much either, with no fans allowed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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What Buffalo fans will take some hope from though, is that they are 10-1 straight up in their last 11 games as favorites. However, as per Odds Shark, the Rams faithful can counter with the fact they are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games, which is something to consider with how closely matched these two teams seem to be.
The Bills lead the all-time series 7-5-0, scoring 292 points and allowing 239 in those 12 previous games. The last meeting took place in 2016, as Buffalo left Los Angeles with a 30-19 win.
Turning to the injury news, the Bills had a lengthy report during the week and three players have already been ruled out for Sunday’s game. These include running back Zack Moss (toe), tight end Dawson Knox (concussion) and linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips (quad).
Understandably, two of the players Bills fans will be most wondering about, are linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano. Both players missed last week’s win in Miami and are extremely important to the defense.
Starting with Edmunds, he has been listed as questionable for Sunday with a shoulder injury, after being limited all week in practice. As for Milano, he is also questionable, although there is slightly more reason for optimism after he fully participated in practice on Friday.
The only other player listed as questionable for the Bills is Taron Johnson. The cornerback has been dealing with a groin issue all week, but as with Milano, he completed a full practice on Friday.
Bills fans will be relieved to know fellow cornerback Tre’Davious White (shoulder) has been cleared to play. Wide receivers John Brown (foot) and Cole Beasley (hip/thumb), along with defensive tackle Ed Oliver (knee) have also been cleared to play.
Defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison were given the week to rest, while quarterback Jake Fromm was again limited due to a non-injury related matter. Cornerback Josh Norman remains on the injury list with a hamstring strain and will not be eligible to return to action until Week 5 at the earliest.
Overall, the Bills may well struggle to deal with the Rams’ high octane offense, especially if the likes of Edmunds and Milano are out for a second consecutive game. Make no mistake about it, this matchup will tell us a lot about Buffalo’s status as a genuine contender.
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