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Chargers defense records five interceptions in face of Bills’ ‘disrespect’

By in Press Enterprise on November 20, 2017

By Jack Wang

CARSON — When the Bills announced rookie Nathan Peterman as their new starting quarterback last Wednesday, Casey Hayward was a little confused.

“Against us?” he thought.

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The way Hayward saw it, he was part of a Chargers defense that ranked among the best in the league. A dynamic pass-rushing duo in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, who entered the weekend with 18 combined sacks. A stout secondary that included Trevor Williams — a promising second-year pro — and Hayward himself, a Pro Bowl cornerback.

This was the week Buffalo decided to play a fifth-round pick?

“I felt a little disrespected,” Hayward said. “So we just took advantage of the disrespect.”

That they did. The Chargers picked off Peterman five times en route to a 54-24 blowout at StubHub Center, setting a franchise record for interceptions in a single half.

Linebacker Korey Toomer got the party started, catching ball that went off fullback Patrick DiMarco’s hand and turning it into a 59-yard touchdown return — the first such play of his career. Hayward took his turn next, diving for a pass that Peterman floated 2 or 3 yards short of the nearest receiver. Ten minutes and three pass attempts later, Peterman found Tre Boston, connecting with the Chargers safety just shy of midfield.

At that point, Buffalo coach Sean McDermott could have made the move. Down by […]    

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