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.
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.''
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.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 8
Buffalo Bills CB Josh Norman (hamstring) hasn't been ruled out, but he's unlikely to play in Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: It's a tough break for Norman, who was going off in fantasy before the injury. He can be dropped for fresh legs in IDP leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap was told to stay home while the team attempts to trade him.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy doesn't intend to bench quarterback Nick Foles in favor of Mitchell Trubisky after the team's 24-10 Monday night loss to the Rams in Week 7. The Bears are 5-2 but rank 27th in points per game (19.7), 30th in yards per play (4.8), 30th in yards per run (3.8), 29th in yards per pass (5.6), 30th on third-down conversions (35.1 percent) and 29th in red-zone efficiency (47.6 percent). Foles took over for Trubisky in Week 3 and was 28-for-40 for 261 yards and two interceptions against the Rams. Foles has thrown for 1,139 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions in five appearances (four starts) this year. The Saints -- Chicago's Week 8 opponent -- allow the sixth-most fantasy points per game to signal-callers, but Foles remains a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues in Chicago's stagnant offense.
Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones (hip) and Russell Gage (knee) were both limited in practice on Tuesday. Jones' injury is new, but the 31-year-old always seems to be fighting through some sort of injury and he should be fine for the Thursday night matchup with the Panthers. The All-Pro wideout missed the Week 5 matchup with Carolina due to an injury, but he should be fine for this one and he remains a locked-in, must-start WR1 whenever he's on the field as the team's No. 1 receiver. Jones has 16 receptions on 19 targets for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the last two weeks against the Vikings and Lions. The Panthers allow the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to wideouts, but Jones should be in all starting lineups regardless. Gage should play on Thursday, but he's been a non-factor the last five weeks and can be left to the waiver wire in shallow leagues.
The San Francisco 49ers reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Tavon Austin (knee) on Tuesday, and he is no longer on their Injured Reserve list. Austin was put on IR before the 2020 regular season started. He spent the last two years in Dallas, recording 21 catches on 37 targets for 317 yards and three touchdowns in 21 games. The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Rams, Austin had his best season in 2016, catching 58 passes for 509 yards and three touchdowns. He has just 15 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons and has essentially become a little-used gadget player in recent seasons. Don't expect Austin to resurface anywhere in 2021 as a fantasy relevant option.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that rookie third-round safety Terrell Burgess (ankle) broke his ankle in the Monday night win over the Bears and will miss the rest of the season. The 21-year-old will finish his rookie season with eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed in seven games of action. Burgess was taken with the 104th overall pick in April and has the versatility to also play nickel cornerback in the NFL. He's a smart player and anticipates routes in coverage. The former Utah Ute should have plenty of time to recover in time for training camp next summer.
Because of COVID-19 protocols, the Detroit Lions Defense will not have newly acquired defensive end Everson Griffen available to play in Week 8 against the Colts. Griffen's debut with Detroit will come on Nov. 8 against the Vikings, the team that he spent the first 10 years of his career with while earning four Pro Bowl nods. The Lions sent a sixth-round draft pick in 2021 to the Cowboys for Griffen's services on Tuesday, and he'll be a veteran present for Detroit's defensive line the rest of the season. While the 32-year-old isn't an IDP starting option at his position on a weekly basis, he should help improve their defensive line. However, the Lions defense overall is near the bottom of the league in fantasy points through seven weeks, so you should continue to avoid them everywhere.
Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley has either topped 50 receiving yards or caught a touchdown pass in all seven games this season.
Fantasy Spin: Beasley's 470 receiving yards rank in the top 20 in the NFL, and he sits inside the top 15 in receptions. He's a PPR flex option.
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley's 122 rush attempts rank second in the NFL, and he has logged at least 14 carries in all seven games.
Fantasy Spin: The heavy workload is a bit of a surprise given Gurley's history of knee problems, and while he has managed just one 100-yard game, he has scored seven times and topped 50 yards six times. He's a volume-based RB2 heading into a friendly matchup against Carolina in Week 8.
Free-agent WR Dwayne Harris (Texans) was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Los Angeles Rams DL A'Shawn Robinson (undisclosed) will be activated from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list this week, head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) could be ready to play against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8, according to head coach Sean McVay Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Fantasy Spin: Higbee was forced to sit out Week 7 for his first missed game of the season. He has 18 catches on 21 targets for 222 yards and three touchdowns through six games and is a low-end TE1 most weeks.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't being shopped for a trade, according to a source with direct knowledge Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzpatrick would definitely have at least some measure of fantasy value on any one of the NFL's current QB-needy teams, but it appears he'll be staying in Miami to mentor rookie Tua Tagovailoa. It will help Tagovailoa, but it's a shame for fantasy managers in two-QB leagues.
Tennessee Titans RB D'Onta Foreman, PK Tucker McCann, QB Trevor Siemian and LB Tuzar Skipper were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 8 Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Deon Cain, RB Trey Edmunds, LB Jayrone Elliott and RB Wendell Smallwood were named to the team's Week 8 practice squad protection list Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Greg Joseph and DT Jeremiah Ledbetter were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 8 Tuesday, Oct. 27.
New York Giants RB Alfred Morris, P Ryan Santoso, G Chad Slade and QB Clayton Thorson were named as protected practice squad players for Week 8 Tuesday, Oct. 27.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (knee) could be back in the mix as soon as Sunday versus Seattle, with head coach Kyle Shanahan saying that he was hopeful that they'd have Coleman for the game. The 49ers' backfield has been a constant shuffling endeavor with Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson Jr. (ankle) both now out of the mix for the foreseeable future. Coleman's return coincides with Jerick McKinnon likely moving up the depth chart, although how any share of carries would be split remains unclear. Coleman started 11 games for San Francisco last season, so despite having compiled just 30 yards across 18 carries this year, he's likely to see an increased role whenever he's officially ready to return. Check back throughout the week for updates on his status as they become available.