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Buffalo Bills Suffer First Loss of Season vs. San Diego Chargers; What Went Wrong?

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
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)

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.

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2014 NFL Week 3: Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Offseason acquisition Brandon Spikes is in position to start for the Bills at middle linebacker. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

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.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

-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.

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Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule Gets Released

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Buffalo will finish their 2014 season against the New England Patriots. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Bills versus Packers on Monday Night Football? Nope.

Okay, how about the rumored Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions? Not happening. In fact, the new scheduling allowed the Lions to get around playing the Bills or Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo’s schedule was released (a bit early) over at the team’s official website, and the Bills only have one primetime game: A week 11 Thursday Night Football game with the Dolphins.

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Breaking Down the 9-Way Race for the 6th AFC Playoff Spot

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a deciding factor in the AFC wild card race. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

At 4-7 and trailing in the AFC East by four games, making the playoffs isn’t supposed to be considered realistic for the Buffalo Bills.

While there have been 10 NFL playoff teams since 2007 with seven or more losses, only five of those teams have been wild card teams. And there is certainly a big difference between teams who finished the year 9-7 or even 8-8, and expecting the Bills, who have not won consecutive games yet this season, to put together a significant winning streak to secure a playoff berth.

Coming out of Buffalo’s Week 12 bye, however, the possibility should not be ruled out. And that isn’t just blind optimism from a Bills perspective. In the American Football Conference, in which only five teams have winning records, there are still nine teams with a realistic of being the AFC’s second wild card and sixth playoff team.

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