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NFL Week 3 PFF ReFocused: Buffalo Bills 35, Los Angeles Rams 32

It took a pass interference penalty that will no doubt be debated ad nauseam, but Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills narrowly avoided an all-time collapse against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.

It was a tale of two different games altogether, as the Rams looked completely inept in the first half before the Bills took their turn in the second half. In the end, the Bills found their offense just in the knick of time as Josh Allen's fourth touchdown pass of the day with 15 seconds left proved to be the game-winner.

Editor's note: All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.

Story of the Game

Both quarterbacks flashed what makes them so special. Allen's playmaking ability was once again on display with three big-time throws, though he got a little too reliant on that ability down the stretch and refused to eat some plays that he should have. He broke the pocket on nearly a quarter of his dropbacks on the day, and his average time to throw was well north of 3.0 seconds. On the whole, though, it was yet another impressive outing for the young Bills quarterback, who's now 3-0 for the second straight season.

Goff, on the other hand, was accurate and efficient down the stretch. His performance under pressure should be the most encouraging thing for Rams fans, as he went 5-for-7 for 69 yards and a score when pressured. That hasn't been the case for Goff most of his career.

Defensively, Aaron Donald did all he could to try and dig the Rams out of their hole. He racked up at least five pressures on the day, including two sacks. With how dominant he's been for so long, it's easy to get desensitized to how special he is, but the second half of this game was a nice refresher.

For the Bills, cornerback Levi Wallace gets a game ball himself. He allowed only two catches from three targets for 24 yards and also picked off a pass. It was a big bounce-back game for a player who was much maligned only a week ago when he gave up over 100 yards to the Dolphins.

Rookie Watch

The only rookie who saw a legitimate workload in this one was Bills receiver Gabriel Davis. It was quite easily the best outing of his young career, as he hauled in all four of his targets for 81 yards, moving the chains three times.

We also saw a good deal of Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa. After playing 17 snaps last week, he saw 23 snaps this week — he collected a sack, a hit and a hurry on those limited snaps.

After a breakout game in Week 2, Rams safety Jordan Fuller left the game early with a shoulder injury.

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