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Week 11: Bills vs. Chargers
This week's game has plenty of intrigue. The Bills travel to the West Coast where they normally don't play well, in a game that is their biggest of the year as their season is at a crossroads. Add to that the first start of rookie Nathan Peterman's career and the up in the air status of his counterpart Phillip Rivers who has never missed a game but is suffering from a concussion. Top that off with the man that was snubbed for the Bills head coaching job roaming the opposite sidelines in Anthony Lynn. Needless to say this game will be interesting.
Sunday, Nov. 19th
FACTS AND FIGURES
||Buffalo (5-4) vs. L.A. Chargers (3-6)
||Network: FOX; DirecTV: 713; Sirius: 119; SiriusXM: 380
||Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, and Laura Okmin
||Chargers by 4½
||Chargers lead 22-12-2 (Bills 2-0 in Playoffs)
||Chargers Won 2
||Chargers 22-10 in Buffalo (2014)
||Rush (26th); Pass (13th); overall (18th)
||Rush (32nd); Pass (11th); overall (19th)
||Rush (15th); Pass (30th); overall (28th)
||Rush (22nd); Pass (21st); overall (25th)
The Bills are getting healthy their biggest injury question marks heading into this game is Jerry Hughes and Cordy Glenn. Hughes suffered a shin/calf injury against the Saints and has missed practice time this week. Glenn has been battling ankle and foot injuries all year and is currently sidelined. Mike Tolbert is suffering from a hamstring injury.
The Chargers biggest worry is Phillip Rivers who put himself in concussion protocol but all signs are encouraging for him to play. He needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist. DE Chris McCain and OLB James Onwaula have missed practice time with quad injuries. LB Hayes Pullard (Neck)and T Joe Barksdale (Foot) have also missed practices this week.
Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.
QB Nate Peterman vs. FS Tre Boston:
Peterman has more of a gun slinger mentality than Tyrod Taylor so he may make mistakes. He has to watch for Boston who has three interceptions on the season to lead the Chargers.
LT Dion Dawkins and RT Jordan Mills vs. DEs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram:
I'm gonna assume Dawkins starts again for Glenn who can't stay on the field this year. The Bills tackles will have a big test against the two Charger defensive ends who have combined for a whopping 18 sacks this year.
DT Kyle Williams vs. RB Melvin Gordon:
The Bills need to stop the run and it starts with the wiley veteran Williams who needs to lead the line in pluggin up the running lanes against Gordon who is a quality back.
DB Tre'Davious White vs. WR Keenan Allen:
White may be hitting the rookie wall a bit as he has struggled in recent weeks a bit. Allen is the main receiver for the Chargers so look for White to shadow him some in this game.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Get Peterman In A Rhythm: They will be nerves for the young QB but if he can establish a rhythm earlier with some quick completions that may settle him down and allow him to have a good debut.
2. Tackle Better: The tackling has been terrible the past two days and they need to shore that up for a chance at beating anybody.
3. Hold The Line: The Bills have been destroyed in the trenches the last two weeks as both the offensive and defensive lines have been blown off the ball. They need to at least hold their own on both sides are it will be another long day.
BILLS DAILY PREDICTION
This game has so many storylines it makes it tough to pick a winner. I think Lynn will have his team fired up to beat his former team that wouldn't hire him. That along with the Bills horrible West Coast record and the turmoil this week gives the Chargers the advantage. The Bills need to prove it to me that they can play better after two terrible performances in a row:
Chargers 24, Bills 10
Season Prediction Record: (4-5)
Season Record Against The Spread: (2-5-2)
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Gameday Grades - Coming Sunday Night!
|2017 Buffalo Bills|
vs AFC: (3-2)
vs NFC: (2-2)|
Team Rankings: Through Week 10
Total Offense: 28th
Total Defense: 25th
|Player Of The Week|
None - They don't deserve one after this loss.
|The Bills are now...|
405-464 all time in the regular season.
3-11 with Tyrod Taylor at QB when down by one possession or tied entering the fourth quarter.
4-18 with Tyrod Taylor at QB when down by four or more at any point in a game.
117-163 since 2000.
66-67 in home games since 2001.
16-36 in road games since 2011.
16-38 in road divison games since 2000.
7-15 in their last 22 road divison games.
39-87 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
36-64 against the AFC East since 2001.
19-37 against the AFC East since 2008.
20-15 in OT.
9-19-1 when allowing a safety.
11-13 when they have a punt return TD.
41-14 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
7-8 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
2-11 when Tyrod Taylor throws more than 30 passes.
2-7 when Tyrod Taylor throws for more than 250 yards.
43-33 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
17-11 since 1990 following a bye week.
4-17 in primetime since 2001.
|Did you know...|
47-10 loss is the worst defeat at home in 10 years.
The 6 Rushing TDs given up is the most ever in one game by the Bills.
Micah Hyde leads the NFL with five INTs.
Matt Milano and Tre'Davious White are the first rookie duo to have fumble returns for TDs ever for the Bills.
Stephen Hauschka is tied for the NFL record with 12th consecutive 50+ yard FG.
LeSean McCoy is the 4th active RB with 3,000 receiving yards in his career.
Tyrod Taylor moved into 1st place on the team's all time QB rushing list ahead of Joe Ferguson.
Tyrod Taylor is 2nd on the team's all time rushing TD list for a QB with 11.
Jerry Hughes is the 6th fastest Bill to 30 sacks as a member of the team.
LeSean McCoy is now over 12,000 yards from scrimmage in his career.
Kyle Williams has 41.5 career sacks moving him into 7th place on the team's all time list, 1st among interior linemen.
| 2016 Schedule/Results|
Click on the final score for Bills Daily review/analysis of the game.
|Sept. 10||NY Jets||W 21-12|
|Sept. 17||@ Carolina||L 9-3|
|Sept. 24||Denver||W 26-16|
|Oct. 1||@ Atlanta||W 23-17|
|Oct. 8||@ Cincinnati||L 20-16|
|Oct. 22||Tampa Bay||W 30-27|
|Oct. 29||Oakland||W 34-14|
|Nov. 5||@ NY Jets||L 34-21 |
|Nov. 12||New Orleans||L 47-10 |
|Nov. 19||@ LA Chargers||Preview|
|Nov. 26||@ Kansas City||1:00pm |
|Dec. 3||New England||1:00pm |
|Dec. 10||Tennessee||1:00pm |
|Dec. 17||Miami||1:00pm |
|Dec. 24||@ New England||1:00pm |
|Dec. 31||@ Miami||1:00pm |