The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC. You can also live stream
Watch Rams vs. Bills: How to live stream, TV channel, start time for Thursday's NFL gameThe Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams are opening their 2022 seasons against one another at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday at SoFi Stadium.
How to watch Rams at Bills opening night: Live stream, TV, more
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Buffalo is coming off of an 11-6 season with hopes of advancing further than the second round of the playoffs, where they were eliminated by the Kansas City Chiefs 42-36. Likewise, Los Angeles was 12-5 last year and, of course, capped off the postseason with a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl.
A couple numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: The Bills were the best in passing touchdowns allowed, finishing the 2021 season giving up only 12. But Los Angeles ranked second in the NFL in passing touchdowns, closing the season with 41 overall. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.
The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close contest. We'll see if the game is as close as the oddsmakers expect or if one of these teams has a surprise blowout in them.
How To Watch
When: Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET
Where: SoFi Stadium -- Inglewood, California
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
The Bills are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Rams, according to the latest NFL odds.
See NFL picks for every single game, including this one, from SportsLine's advanced computer model. Get picks now.
The 2022 NFL season is finally here. The league's 32 teams will play 272 games between now and the end of the regular season, then 13 more before we crown a Super Bowl champion in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12, 2023.
Before all that, though, the Los Angeles Rams will kick off their own title defense on Thursday night, when they take on the Buffalo Bills. Both of those teams are among the favorites in their respective conferences, and it should come as no surprise that they number among the teams unanimously selected to make the playoffs this season by our panel of experts.
What else did Jason La Canfora, Pete Prisco, Will Brinson, John Breech, Ryan Wilson, and myself predict? We're glad you asked, because the answer to that question is contained below. Here are a few notes before we get to the projected standings for each division, wild card teams, and Super Bowl participants:
There was a whole lot of agreement between our panelists this year, but not a single division where we had unanimous agreement on the exact order of finish in the standings. The closest we came was in the AFC East, where everyone had the same team in first and second and all but one panelist had the same team finishing third.
The things we had unanimity on: The Bills winning the AFC East, the Dolphins finishing second in the AFC East, the Texans finishing last in the AFC South, the Eagles finishing first in the NFC East, the Cowboys finishing second in the NFC East, and the Bears finishing last in the NFC North.
We had five unanimous playoff participants in the AFC: the Bills, Bengals, Ravens, Chiefs, and Chargers. There were also five unanimous playoff teams in the NFC: the Eagles, Packers, Buccaneers, Rams, and 49ers. Only two teams that received at least one vote to make the playoffs, received only that one vote. (The Jaguars and Raiders.) Every other team that got a vote, received multiple votes to make the field.
There were FOURTEEN teams that received exactly zero votes for the playoffs: Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Browns, Titans, Texans, Giants, Commanders, Lions, Bears, Panthers, Falcons, Cardinals, and Seahawks.
Our six experts combined to have a total of eight different teams playing in the Super Bowl, but everyone had their Super Bowl winner come from the same conference. Three panelists picked the same AFC team, and no other squad got more than one vote. Meanwhile, we had four different NFC champions, with two getting two votes apiece and two getting a single vote.
2022 NFL Kickoff Game odds, spread, line: Rams vs. Bills picks, NFL predictions from L.A. expert on 44-33 run
R.J. White is 44-33 on NFL picks involving Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and the Los Angeles Rams
Super Bowl champions have a strong recent success rate in Week 1 of the following season, and the Los Angeles Rams will hope to keep that trend alive on Thursday when they meet the Buffalo Bills in the 2022 NFL Kickoff Game. The Rams won Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium to cap last season and recent history is on their side for Week 1. Since 2000, defending Super Bowl champions are 19-3 in their first game the following year and have won four straight. But the Bills, who are the preseason 2023 Super Bowl favorites, will try to buck that trend on Thursday.
Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET. The Bills are 2.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 53 in the latest Bills vs. Rams odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before locking any Rams vs. Bills picks, make sure you check out the NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine football analyst R.J. White.
White, a Fantasy and gambling editor for CBS Sports, consistently crushes as SportsLine's No. 1 expert in NFL picks against the spread. He went 445-378-24 on his ATS picks from 2017-21, which returned $2,542 to $100 players. Moreover, he's also 44-33 on NFL picks involving the Rams, lending critical insight into this matchup.
White is known for cashing out big in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest twice since 2015. He also cashed big on his NFL futures in 2021, including nailing Jonathan Taylor as the NFL rushing leader at 10-1. Anyone who has followed him has seen massive returns.
Now, White has studied the Bills vs. Rams Week 1 matchup from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread selection. You can head to SportsLine now to see White's pick. Here are the NFL odds and betting lines for Bills vs. Rams:
Bills vs. Rams point spread: Bills -2.5
Bills vs. Rams over-under total: 53 points
Bills vs. Rams money line: Bills -135, Rams +115
BUF: Bills have covered four of the last five meetings in this rivalry
LAR: Rams have covered five consecutive season-opening games
Bills vs. Rams picks: See picks here
There's good news for a Buffalo secondary that has been banged up in the preseason. Veteran safety Jordan Poyer, who missed the exhibition season because of a hyperextended elbow, is expected to play in Thursday's opener. Bills coach Sean McDermott told the media it would take an unexpected setback to prevent Poyer from taking the field. The 10-year pro is primed to be a key part of Buffalo secondary that ranked first against the pass last year by DVOA. The Oregon State product is coming off a season in which he was named to the All-Pro first team among numerous other accolades.
Poyer earned the second-best coverage grade by Pro Football Focus and allowed a reception rate of just 48.1%. He also tied a career-high in interceptions with five and logged a career-best three sacks. He also had 20 tackles and a forced fumble in last year's postseason.
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