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#pounditThursday, December 1, 2022

Rams dealt with 1 embarrassing problem during season opener

A look at SoFi Stadium from the outside

The exterior of SoFi Stadium the day of Super Bowl LVI. Feb. 13, 2022 in Inglewood, Calif. Credit: Larry Brown

The Los Angeles Rams were beaten soundly by the visiting Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. Though the 31-10 final score certainly was somewhat embarrassing for the Rams, there was one other issue that they shouldn’t be proud of.

The Rams’ offense had to use a silent snap count despite being the home team. Not only were the Rams the home team, but they are coming off a Super Bowl win. And the pro-Bills crowd made it seem somewhat like a road game for them.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said he actually anticipated the need for a silent snap count.

“No. I mean, we prepared for it. We prepared to be on the silent count at home again. But it wasn’t something that we haven’t done before,” Stafford said, via ESPN’s Sarah Barshop.

This is undoubtedly embarrassing for the Rams. Home teams are expected to have big advantages in football games, and much of that is due to the way home fans can influence a game. Being noisy makes it more difficult for opposing teams to communicate, and it also can hurt the confidence of players.

It must not be fun to feel like you’re on the road even when you’re at home.

Bills fans are a passionate group, and their team is expected to be excellent this season, which likely led to the big crowd they delivered. There was a Bills Mafia takeover in Los Angeles this week.

The Rams dealt with a similar situation in Week 18 last season against the 49ers, who have a large fanbase in Los Angeles.

The Rams are still somewhat new to the city after moving back to Los Angeles in 2016. But the team probably is wondering what more they have to do to get strong fan support after winning the Super Bowl last season.

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