Buffalo Bills vs Los Angeles Chargers Game Preview
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were the best team to not win in Week 1 thanks to turnovers and special teams. Los Angeles piled 541 total yards against the Chiefs and dominated time of possession but still lost 38-28. That’s just the type of team the Chargers are. They look good on paper and put up stats but find ways to lose games. But they get a layup here against the hapless Bills.
The Bills must sit at the bottom of the NFL power rankings thanks to the worst performance in Week 1. Buffalo managed a measly 153 total yards. Both Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen combined to complete just 11 of 33 passes with a whopping 2.1 yards per attempt. Returning to the New Era Field, they hope to salvage some dignity but are in for a rough outing against the potent Chargers.
The Chargers are 24-12-2 all-time against Buffalo including being 6-2 in their last eight meetings. This figures to stay consistent, especially with the status of each franchise. Los Angeles is built like a Super Bowl contender even if they underperform while the Bills, despite ending their playoff drought last season, are looking like the worst team in the league.
Buffalo Bills vs Los Angeles Chargers Game Prediction
Buffalo looks completely inept on offence, especially with the worst starting quarterback in Nathan Peterman. While the Bills still have LeSean McCoy at running back, the Chargers tempered a more prolific running game from Kansas City.
The Bills’ inability to threaten through the air will make life more miserable for McCoy and the backfield. The Chargers have astounding linebackers and an even better secondary. They are also a better road team (5-2-1 ATS in 2017) as they don’t really have a home field advantage and are used to hostile environments.
Most importantly, their offence is lights out and will cancel Buffalo’s scrappy defence. Philip Rivers is still an elite quarterback and their one-two punch from the backfield will give Buffalo all sorts of problems.
Rivers is 4-1 versus the Bills and 2-1 in Buffalo. They will not only win but thoroughly outclass the Bills and betting them to win by eight or more shouldn’t be an issue, especially at even odds.
Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (-340)
42.5 seems like a generous number given how atrocious the Bills are on offence. But this is a new week and the Bills are playing at home so they will improve. Both teams have terrific defences, especially Los Angeles. The Chargers have consistently ranked in the top-five in passing defence and are not too shabby against the run.
The Chargers passed a lot against the Chiefs thanks to being behind. But if they go up early on Buffalo, expect them to grind out the clock making this a low-scoring albeit boring affair.
Pick: Under 42.5 (-110)