OPINION: Bills weren't in Super Bowl LVI, but were sure on our minds

It was impossible not to think about the Bills numerous times while watching Super Bowl LVI
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I have a confession to make: I rooted for the Los Angeles Rams to win Super Bowl LVI.

Last week, I said I would be rooting for the Cincinnati Bengals, but something happened when the game started. My brain told me a Bengals win would have made me feel worse about the Buffalo Bills' loss in Kansas City to the Chiefs. Therefore, I decided to root for the Rams.

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I tried not to think about the Bills on Sunday, but it was unavoidable, at times.

I didn't turn on NBC's pregame coverage until around 6 p.m. EST, but when I did, I immediately wondered how I'd be feeling knowing the Bills were a half hour away from playing in the Super Bowl.

I had flashbacks to what it was like waiting for Super Bowls XV through XVIII to be played.

As the game was playing out, like many of you, there were points where I thought the Bills would have definitely beaten the Rams. The Bills offense, most notably their quarterback, was much better than either offense that played in this game.

The Bills would have put up more than 20 points against that Rams defense. Allen would have turned some of those seven Rams sacks into missed sacks/broken tackles and scrambles for gains.

As angry as we were at Bills coaches for the final 13 seconds in Kansas City, neither head coach did anything to help his team's chances on Sunday.

Rams head coach Sean McVay kept calling for run plays even though they were going absolutely nowhere. Through three quarters, a Matthew Stafford seven-yard scramble was the longest run play for Los Angeles.

I didn't see the final stats, but at one point, McVay had called a run on first down 60% of the time. Those runs averaged just 2.1 yards per-carry.

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On the other side of the field, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor had no answer in the second half when the Rams took away the short pass routes and Joe Burrow's ability to get the ball out quickly. Burrow holding on to the ball just a little longer helped contribute to the Rams getting six sacks in the second half after recording just one in the first half.

On a key 3rd-and-1 on the Bengals' final drive, Taylor decided to run the ball and opted for the backup running back as opposed to having Joe Mixon on the field.

I'm not sure exactly why, but I found this as one of the more uninteresting Super Bowls ever. Perhaps it's because I had no emotional investment in this game.

For me, there was no clear-cut villain to root against, nor was there an obvious feel good story if that person or coach would have won. In addition, neither offense was functioning at a high level.

I was probably spoiled by that Bills-Chiefs game in the AFC Divisional Round.

Only 206 days until the next NFL season opens. Not that I'm counting.

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