The Rams sorely missed three players who proved critical to the team's successful Super Bowl run on this very field a year ago.
Retired left tackle Andrew Whitworth hosted a pre-game ceremony where the Rams unfurled the Super Bowl banner.
Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., still recovering from offseason ACL knee surgery, hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy during that ceremony.
And the other player, edge rusher Von Miller, wreaked havoc on Whitworth's replacement, left tackle Joe Noteboom, in a humbling 31-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills in a Thursday night
The game was supposed to be a coronation — a celebration of everything the Rams accomplished last season. Instead, the contest degenerated into a nightmarish passing of the baton
Matthew Stafford was sacked seven times, the most in a single game during his tenure with the team.
McVay's offense could muster just 243 total yards and Stafford turned the ball over three times.
Defensively, the Rams allowed the Bills convert 90 percent of the time on third down. They had no answer for Buffalo's bulldozer of a quarterback in Josh Allen, who finished 26-of-
Allen also ran for another 56 yards and a score. His 84 percent completion percentage was the highest for a Buffalo quarterback in franchise history for a Week 1 contest.