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Rams vs. Bills odds, line, spread, predictions: 2022 NFL Kickoff Game picks from proven model on 138-97 run

The Buffalo Bills are just 8-5 all-time against the Los Angeles Rams, but the series has leaned in their favor recently. Buffalo has won four of the last five meetings between the teams and seven of the past nine dating back to 1989, going 3-0 on the road during that stretch. The Bills will hope to continue their success when they visit the Rams for the 2022 NFL Kickoff Game on Thursday, September 8. The teams last met in Week 3 of the 2020 season, when Buffalo squandered a 25-point lead in the second half at home before emerging with a 35-32 victory.

Kickoff from SoFi Stadium is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Buffalo is a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Bills vs. Rams odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 53. Before making any Rams vs. Bills picks, make sure to check out the expert NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,500 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception. The model enters the 2022 NFL season on an incredible 138-97 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. Amazingly, it hasn’t missed a top-rated pick since Week 15 last season.

The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past six years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated Bills vs. Rams in the NFL Kickoff Game 2022 10,000 times and just revealed its NFL expert picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see its picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting trends for Rams vs. Bills:

  • Bills vs. Rams spread: Buffalo -2.5
  • Bills vs. Rams over/under: 53 points
  • Bills vs. Rams money line: Buffalo -135, Los Angeles +115
  • BUF: Bills scored at least 31 points in 11 of their 19 games last season, including playoffs
  • LAR: Rams have lost their last three home games against Buffalo
  • Bills vs. Rams picks: See picks at SportsLine

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Why the Bills can cover

Buffalo has had little difficulty scoring against the Rams of late, putting up at least 30 points in seven of their last eight meetings. Josh Allen recorded 311 passing yards in the victory against Los Angeles in 2020 and factored in all five of the Bills’ touchdowns, throwing for four and running for the other. One of the 26-year-old’s TD tosses went to Stefon Diggs, who has been Allen’s top target since arriving in Buffalo.

The 28-year-old wideout from the University of Maryland has made 230 catches in two seasons since being acquired from Minnesota, the most by a player in his first two years with a team in NFL history and the third-highest total in the league over the last two campaigns. Diggs set career-highs of 1,535 receiving yards in 2020 and 10 touchdown receptions last season. Allen has another dangerous weapon in the 23-year-old Gabriel Davis, who made six TD catches during the regular season in 2021 and added five in the playoffs, including an NFL postseason-record four against Kansas City in the divisional round.

Why the Rams can cover

The Rams have performed exceptionally well in season-openers in recent years, going 19-3 in Week 1 since 2000 and 5-0 under coach Sean McVay. They also own the third-best overall record in the NFL since McVay took over in 2017 at 55-26. The Rams also will have history on their side, as Super Bowl champions are 14-3 in NFL Kickoff Games since 2004.

Los Angeles had one of the top aerial attacks in the league last season, ranking fifth in passing (273.1 yards) in Matthew Stafford’s first year with the club. The first overall draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Stafford was third in the NFL with 4,881 yards and second with a career high-tying 41 touchdown passes. The 34-year-old’s arrival from Detroit resulted in a prolific campaign for Cooper Kupp, who posted the first 2,000-yard season by a receiver in league history with 1,947 in the regular season and 625 in the playoffs.

How to make Rams vs. Bills picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 48 points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. Head to SportsLine to see its NFL picks

So who wins Bills vs. Rams in the NFL Kickoff Game 2022? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see the Bills vs. Rams picks, all from the model that has returned over $7,500 on top-rated NFL picks, and find out. 

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