Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald calls Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills ‘futuristic Big Ben’
Despite an impressive win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, the Los Angeles Rams won’t be able to rest on their laurels.
To open the 2022 NFL regular season, the Rams will face arguably the best team in Week 1. Los Angeles will host quarterback Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on September 8, the opener of the 2022 season.
While the Rams are confident in their ability to repeat as champions, they are keenly aware of the Bills’ place at the top of their list of potential challengers. Despite Buffalo’s prowess on both sides of the ball, Allen remains their primary offensive weapon.
Allen’s abilities certainly caught the Rams’ attention, especially that of Los Angeles star defensive end Aaron Donald. The 31-year-old defensive tackle is looking forward to facing Allen and the Bills in the season opener Sept. 8 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
Donald acknowledges the potential difficulties defending the 6-foot-5, 237-pound quarterback. He compared Allen’s toughness to former Pittsburgh Steelers signalman Ben Roethlisberger — with greater athleticism.
“He’s a big guy. He’s a badass. He’s athletic,” Donald said on “Inside Rams Camp.” “In my opinion, it looks like a futuristic Big Ben [Roethlisberger]. A little more athletic, can move a little better. But he’s a guy who’s not going to fall easily, so you have to come with your big boy towels when you get to wrap him up.
Allen has played some of the best football in his career in 2021. The 25-year-old threw for 4,407 yards throughout the regular season with 36 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.
His dual-threat abilities in the passing game and the running game make him a metaphorical nightmare for opposing defenses.
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Not to be outdone, Donald brings an elite level of play to the field every time he dons a Rams uniform. Considered one of the greatest defensive players of all time, he received a record three Defensive Player of the Year awards, Pro Bowl selections in his eight seasons, and seven All-Pro honors from the first team.
In Super Bowl LVII, Donald had two sacks and three quarterback hits, including the game-sealing pressure play on fourth-and-first with less than a minute left, resulting in a incompleteness and victory 23-20.
Conversely, Buffalo is considered one of the most complete teams in the NFL. In addition to Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and tight end Dawson Knox, the Bills have also added the services of linebacker and former Rams linebacker Von Miller to their defense – completing the return of injured cornerback Tre’Davious. White.
Unsurprisingly, the Bills became the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl, with Allen having the best chance of winning the league MVP. Their matchup with the Rams has the makings of an instant classic.
In addition to the duel between Allen and Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, Diggs will meet his cover match in Los Angeles, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, while Rams receiver Cooper Kupp will have his hands full to try to break free. of White.
While the Rams-Bills game will be an exciting opener to the 2022 NFL season, its season-ending potential at Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will make it even more intriguing.
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