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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to pass, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup, right, makes a catch but is called for offensive pass interference on Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Sean McVay knows good offenses when he sees them.

Quarterback Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills - a team previously known for having a defense-first reputation - have suddenly captured the Los Angeles Rams coach's attention as the teams prepare to play at Orchard Park, New York, on Sunday.

''A lot of mixture in personnel. A lot of different looks they can present,'' McVay said. ''And Josh's ability to be able to beat you with his arms and legs and create off-schedule is a real winning edge. Man, I've been impressed with him the first couple of weeks.''

It's early still, but the Bills (2-0) don't resemble the once-plodding, inconsistent offensive team which ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in yards gained for all but two of the past 17 seasons, including 24th last year.

Sparked by Allen's 729 yards passing, the Bills rank first in yards passing, third in yards gained and are tied for sixth in scoring 58 points.

Buffalo's offensive renaissance was apparent in a 31-28 come-from-behind win at Miami last week, when Allen had 417 yards passing and four touchdowns in becoming the team's fifth player to top 400 yards.

In making up for an injury-depleted defense missing two starting linebackers, the Bills snapped a 38-game skid going back to 2011 when allowing 28 or more points.

''He's a lot more comfortable back there, he's locked in,'' running back Devin Singletary said of Allen. ''He's that general we're looking for.''

The Rams, off to their third straight 2-0 start, are no pushovers on offense, either.

They've finished a season ranked no worse than 10th in yards gained since McVay took over in 2017, and have topped 400 yards in each of their first two outings.

ALLEN VS RAMSEY

Allen dismissed questions about a feud he's had with Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was with Jacksonville in 2018 when he called the quarterback ''trash'' in a magazine article. Ramsey questioned Allen's abilities coming out of Wyoming.

A year later, Allen signed a picture for a fan by writing, ''Hey Ramsey ... Am I still trash?'' to which Ramsey posted ''Yes'' on his Twitter account.

''That was so long ago in my opinion, and it's really a non-factor,'' Allen said Wednesday.

McVay wasn't aware of the taunt, but hoped Ramsey has changed his outlook.

''I can't speak for him, but I would say that one of the things that I really trust about Jalen is that he's got a great feel for the game,'' McVay said. ''And I don't think there's any denying what Josh has put on tape.''

HIGH ON HIGBEE

Tyler Higbee's hot hand has McVay questioning why he didn't get the tight end more involved earlier last year.

Higbee has combined for 51 catches for 616 yards and five touchdowns - half the fifth-year player's career total - in his past seven games, going back to last season. He had a career-best three TDs in a 37-19 win at Philadelphia last weekend.

''I should've done it a lot sooner,'' McVay said. ''You've just seen him continue to grow.''

WRESTLING WITH DONALD

Bills coach Sean McDermott has a theory as to why Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been so disruptive in his six-plus NFL seasons.

''I think it's really one line: he was a wrestler,'' McDermott said, noting how Donald uses leverage to make up for his relatively small 6-foot-1, 280-pound frame.

McDermott, who might not break 200 pounds, was a championship wrestler in high school, and joked he was relieved he wasn't in someone like Donald's weight class.

ROB RETURNS

Rams receiver Robert Woods has spent his entire life in Southern California except for his four-year stint with the Bills, who drafted him in 2013. He was a steady, productive receiver for Buffalo, and grew to love the fans' passion while learning to thrive in cold weather.

Woods also feels he has grown into an even better player back home than Buffalo ever saw. He put up more than 1,100 yards in each of the past two seasons.

''I grew to love Buffalo,'' Woods said. ''Being from LA, going to USC, I never really got a chance to experience another city, especially another weather climate like that. So going to Buffalo, being in the snow, seeing the football culture there, I loved it. Real, true fans. A fun place to play. If you're not wearing Bills gear in the city, they're looking at you funny.''

BACK EAST

Instead of staying on the East Coast, the Rams returned to Southern California after beating the Eagles 37-19 in Philadelphia. McVay initially had planned to stay back East between games, but coronavirus protocols ultimately made it impractical to stay. The extensive travel could conceivably take its toll on the Rams, particularly with another kickoff at 10 a.m. California time, but McVay doesn't believe it will be a hindrance.

He even felt the decision to travel Saturday instead of Friday was helpful.

''It's only a challenge if we allow it to be,'' McVay said.

Player Notes
Aaron Jones Oct 24 7:20pm ET

After coming down with a calf strain at practice on Friday, Aaron Jones is now expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Texans. This is a tough one for fantasy football managers, as Jones has been a reliable RB1 all season long and may be difficult to replace in fantasy lineups on short notice. Fourth-year running back Jamaal Williams is now expected to act as the lead RB, but rookie AJ Dillon will be in the mix as well and should see more touches than usual. Dexter Williams was added to the Packers active roster on Saturday as well for additional running back depth. Consider Williams a plug-and-play RB2/FLEX option, while Dillon looks more like an RB3/RB4 flier for deeper leagues. Both are also intriguing lower-cost options for DFS lineups, depending on the contest format.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Jones Oct 24 7:03pm ET

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) isn't expected to play Sunday, Oct. 25, and the team is planning on him not playing, according to sources Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: It's a big blow for fantasy managers. Packers RBs Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon and Dexter Williams should all play roles with Dillon being the most appealing for fantasy purposes.

From TheHuddle

Rashard Robinson Oct 24 7:03pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DB Rashard Robinson (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Mike Daniels Oct 24 6:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals DT Mike Daniels was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. DB Winston Rose was also promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.

From TheHuddle

Edmond Robinson Oct 24 6:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Edwards and LB Edmond Robinson were added to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24, as COVID-19 replacements.

From TheHuddle

Tevin Coleman Oct 24 5:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) has an 'outside chance' of returning in Week 8, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Coleman should be stashed now wherever available with RB Raheem Mostert going on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Higbee Oct 24 5:23pm ET

Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is officially listed as questionable for the game Monday, Oct. 26, against the Chicago Bears after getting in a limited practice Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Aaron Donald Oct 24 5:23pm ET

Los Angeles Rams DL Michael Brockers (non-injury) and CB Troy Hill (non-injury) didn't practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but don't carry injury designations for Week 7. DL Aaron Donald (non-injury) and OL Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full and don't carry injury designations.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Higbee Oct 24 5:13pm ET

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is hopeful to play Monday, Oct. 26, according to head coach Sean McVay Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Higbee had a season-high 56 yards with three catches on four targets in Week 6. He's a low-tier TE1 when on the field.

From TheHuddle

Robert Woods Oct 24 5:13pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods (groin) was a limited participant at practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but doesn't carry an injury designation into the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 26.

Fantasy Spin: Woods will be a somewhat risky WR3 play in what's projected as a low-scoring game against the Bears.

From TheHuddle

Alex Okafor Oct 24 5:03pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Chris Thompson Oct 24 5:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Thompson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Raheem Mostert Oct 24 4:53pm ET

Updating previous stories, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Johnathan Cyprien and S Jared Mayden were activated from the team's practice squad. WR Jauan Jennings (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

From TheHuddle

Daren Bates Oct 24 4:43pm ET

Tennessee Titans DB Dane Cruikshank was activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. OL David Quessenberry and LB Daren Bates were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

From TheHuddle

A.J. Bouye Oct 24 4:43pm ET

Denver Broncos CB A.J. Bouye, DE Dre'Mont Jones and DE DeMarcus Walker were activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. CB De'Vante Bausby was released in a corresponding move. Free-agent DL Sylvester Williams (Broncos) was re-signed to the practice squad. RB Jeremy Cox and LB Nigel Bradham will be elevated from the practice squad to the game-day roster for Sunday, Oct. 25.

From TheHuddle

David Irving Oct 24 4:33pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders DE David Irving and CB Dylan Mabin were activated from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Jayrone Elliott Oct 24 4:23pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Trey Edmunds and LB Jayrone Elliott were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Eric Saubert Oct 24 4:23pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Doug Middleton and TE Eric Saubert were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

From TheHuddle