EJ Manuel and the Bills offense struggled against the San Diego Chargers in Buffalo’s first loss of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The Buffalo Bills were one of just seven NFL teams to open their season with back-to-back wins, but they were sent back down to earth on Sunday as they suffered a 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium, bringing both teams to 2-1 records for the year.
There were some aspects of Sunday’s game that went fine for the Bills.
Buffalo’s offense finished the game without a single turnover.
Its defense was able to limit the Chargers to field goals on two of their four trips into the red zone. The rushing defense also had a strong performance, as it limited the Chargers to just 85 yards on 37 carries.
The Buffalo special teams continued to execute well: Dan Carpenter made his only field goal attempt of the day, Colton Schmidt averaged 45.2 yards per punt, no punts were returned for positive yardage and all three of Jordan Gay’s kickoffs were touchbacks.
Overall, however, the Chargers were simply the better team on the field Sunday. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and his offense executed efficiently throughout the game, whereas Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel and his offense never found any consistent rhythm. The Chargers appear to be one of the NFL’s better teams this year, but the Bills need to improve in a number of areas in order to score wins against playoff-caliber teams this season.