Brandon Spikes and Buffalo’s run defense will be put to the test against San Diego. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot
The Chargers win 22-10. Buffalo moves to 2-1 on the season.
-Philip Rivers picked Buffalo apart on 3rd downs and finished 18/25 for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
-Buffalo’s offense made good adjustments on their first series of the 2nd half, but missed other opportunities in the half.
-San Diego dominated the first half and their first drive of the second half had to affect morale on Buffalo’s sideline. The Chargers took over 7 minutes off the clock to start the third.
-Neither team was effective in the run game, but San Diego used the run game to eat time off the clock. They finished with 37 carries, I believe the same amount they had last week versus Seattle.
-EJ Manuel panicked in the pocket a lot today. He was able to use his athletic ability early but late in the game he took some unnecessary sacks and a brutal intentional grounding for a safety. His passes were off-target most of the game and at one point he was responsible for Marquise Goodwin taking a hard shot.
-Manuel was bad, but so was Buffalo’s offensive line. Chris Williams was out with a back injury early and unfortunately Urbik wasn’t much better. The entire line had a rough outing. This led to a lot of pressure for the Chargers.
-Frank Reich called a wonderful game for San Diego.
-Buffalo had over 100 yards in penalties. You won’t win any games doing that.
-Buffalo needs to go back to the drawing board against Houston. The Texans have a terrific defense so the Bills need to call a better game. Ryan Fitzpatrick will not pick the Bills apart like Rivers did however.