The Buffalo Bills started the season with a beautiful first drive right into the end zone. Quarterback Josh Allen threw a 26-yard pass to wide receiver Gabriel Davis for a touchdown. Allen was 5-for-5 with 58 yards on the drive.
A turnover fest broke out in the second quarter, with three straight turnovers. First, Allen "threw" an interception to receiver Isaiah McKenzie (who straight up dropped it). Then, running back James Cook fumbled the ball on his first carry shortly after. Finally, Rams QB Matthew Stafford gave it right back, throwing an interception to CB Dane Jackson. The Bills ended this turnover streak with a field goal to take a 10-0 lead over Los Angeles.
The game went into halftime tied 10-10 after a phenomenal catch from wide receiver Cooper Kupp. It's good. Trust me.
Following halftime, Buffalo appeared to make adjustments as they forced a Rams' three-and-out. A stiff arm and a redemption touchdown by McKenzie later, the Bills were up 17-10.
Buffalo came away with the win, beating the Rams 31-10.
The Los Angeles Rams kick off the 2022 NFL season on Thursday, but one of its members who won a ring with the team will be absent. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is a free agent, as he's been nursing a knee injury this offseason. However, reports surfaced on Monday that the Rams have kept Beckham's locker (with the nameplate - very important) intact, perhaps keeping him in mind when he's healthy and ready to return.
Adding fuel to the fire, Beckham tweeted on Tuesday that he would be watching the game very closely, which led to questions of whether his decision to sign was between the Rams and their opponent, the Buffalo Bills.
One thing to note: The Rams and Buffalo are two teams linked to landing the star WR this off-season. While a resolution might not come until later in the season due to his recovery, Beckham could certainly have to decide between these two teams, which may not be a bad problem to have.
New York Jets right tackle Mekhi Becton is likely out for the 2022 season, after suffering a knee injury during Monday's practice. The team is calling it a fractured knee cap, which sounds terribly painful (and terribly confusing as to why they weren't initially concerned yesterday when it occurred).
Becton was a first-round pick in 2020 and hasn't had much good luck since then. Becton missed the 2021 season after suffering a knee injury in the Jets' season opener.
The Cleveland Browns have informed running back Kareem Hunt that he won't be traded after Hunt started skipping team drills in training camp. Hunt, who wants a new contract, is basically shit out of luck at this point. The Browns can fine him for "holding in," and by denying a trade, it doesn't seem like they think the team can get anything substantial in return for him.
Hunt will be a free agent following the 2022 season.
Legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement for the second time on Tuesday. The first time happened two seasons ago, and a Super Bowl ring came out of it. The person who coaxed him out of retirement was none other than Tom Brady, who recently un-retired himself. Could it happen again? That remains a mystery, but at least for now, Gronk will be in the Hall of Fame in five years.
We all know the history between the Cleveland Browns and Odell Beckham Jr. (and his dad). The common denominator amongst that drams was quarterback Baker Mayfield, and now that it looks like Mayfield will not be a Brown come 2022, is there a chance Beckham could return to Cleveland? It's not such a crazy idea, according to reports stating that the team has discussed his return. Beckham also has had interest from the New Orleans Saints and his most recent team, the Los Angeles Rams.
As soon as the confetti fell from the ceiling, rumors began swirling that legendary defensive tackle Aaron Donald was mulling retirement. However, with thoughts of 'going on top' on his mind, Donald ultimately decided to return to where he won a Lombardi. Famously known for creating the 'Dream Team,' the Los Angeles Rams are preparing to do the same this season with Donald, pushing an extra $40 million his way over the next few seasons. With a grand total of $95 million through 2024, Donald is now the highest-paid non-quarterback.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has done a lot in his career. Along with his recent Super Bowl trophy, Donald has stacked up three Defensive Player of the Year awards, seven All-Pro nods, and has been a Pro Bowler in all of his eight seasons in the NFL. But, at 31, Donald is in the midst of contract talks with his team and isn't shying away from the retirement talk.
As a guest on the 'I Am Athlete' podcast, Donald explained his decision to contemplate walking away from the game he loves. What's super interesting to me; is Donald said he went into the NFL expecting to play eight seasons. Now that his eighth season is up -- what's next? While many signs point to a deal getting worked out between Donald and the Rams, it's not going to be under his current contract. So, how long will we continue seeing Donald in an NFL uniform?
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