When it involves assembling the NFL’s common season schedule every year, the last word purpose for NFL Broadcasting Vice Presidents Onnie Bose and Mike North is to place the perfect video games in the perfect home windows for followers.
In seeking to maximize Game 1 of 27, they arrived on the Bills for the Rams’ Kickoff Game opponent at SoFi Stadium, seeking to capitalize on Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen’s pair of spectacular playoff performances final season.
“One of the primary issues we checked out was, the place are we going to play?” Bose stated throughout a convention name with reporters Friday alongside fellow NFL Broadcasting Vice President Mike North. “You’re all the time taking a look at, ‘Where’s Aaron Rodgers? Tom Brady? The Dallas Cowboys?’ And this yr, it is ‘Where’s Joe Burrow, the place’s Josh Allen gonna play? And very a lot it was simply, your lasting reminiscences of Josh Allen have been among the most unimaginable quarterback play and it simply felt proper and made numerous sense, one, to simply put him proper again on that highlight towards the Super Bowl champions, and additionally only for the combination of the remainder of the weekend and the place we ended up slotting the Sunday evening recreation, the Monday evening recreation, the 2 doubleheader video games. All of these issues are interconnected. But it was a robust narrative that we needed to place on the market entrance and heart.”
In the Bills’ two playoff video games, Allen threw for a mixed 637 yards with a 9-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He accomplished 21 of 25 passes for 308 yards and 5 touchdowns towards the Patriots within the Wild Card Round, then accomplished 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns in Buffalo’s wild 42-36 extra time loss to the Kansas City Chiefs within the Divisional Round.
Mix in Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s efficiency through the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI-winning playoff run – which included main three consecutive game-winning drives throughout the Divisional Round, NFC Championship and Super Bowl – and it is a recipe for an thrilling quarterback matchup and primetime recreation in Inglewood.
There was loads of hypothesis and fan curiosity in a potential Rams-Broncos kickoff matchup given the familiarity with Denver quarterback Russell Wilson from his time with the Seattle Seahawks. Bose stated Rams-Broncos “is definitely in that blend for awhile” by way of exploring kickoff choices.
“I assume we talked about this a bit bit, proper, that the Rams have nice opponents,” Bose stated. “It might have been the Broncos, it might have been the 49ers in a championship recreation rematch, it might have been the Cowboys.”
Ultimately, although, the enchantment of pitting one of many league’s prime ascending quarterbacks towards the defending champs was too good to go up.