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Chargers vs. Bills: Who has the edge?

By in Press Enterprise on November 18, 2017

By Jack Wang

CHARGERS (3-6) vs. BILLS (5-4)

When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PT
Where: StubHub Center
Line: Chargers by 5.5 points
TV/Radio: Ch. 13, Ch. 11 (joined in progress); 640-AM, 980-AM (Spanish)

CHARGERS OFFENSE vs. BILLS DEFENSE

Philip Rivers cleared the concussion protocol and will make his 195th consecutive start this Sunday — but his presence hasn’t exactly jolted the Chargers offense through nine games. Will that change in the team’s first home appearance in nearly a month? The Bills rank second in the league with 18 takeaways, but they have forced just one turnover in their last two games — games they lost by 50 combined points. The Chargers have only coughed the ball up 10 times this season. While they might not move the ball downfield consistently, Buffalo’s flagging run defense (492 yards allowed in two games) could allow tailback Melvin Gordon to hit an early rhythm. EDGE: EVEN

CHARGERS DEFENSE vs. BILLS OFFENSE

Nathan Peterman might be this year’s Dak Prescott. He could more likely be this year’s Kevin Hogan. Day 3-drafted quarterbacks rarely make a significant impact as rookies — which makes Buffalo’s decision to bench third-year starter Tyrod Taylor this week even more puzzling. Drafted at No. 171 overall this past spring, Peterman is largely an unknown quantity as a pro, completing 54.4 percent of his passes in the preseason before performing well in garbage time of a blowout loss to the Saints last weekend. It’s hard to imagine him faring well against a pass-rushing duo like Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, not to mention a solid secondary. The Chargers have also improved on the ground as of late, which will be crucial against a dynamic runner like LeSean McCoy. EDGE: CHARGERS

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Chargers’ special teams units are a mess. Kicker Nick Novak has held his own since re-signing in early October, but the […]    

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