Despite the 10 a.m. PT start on the East Coast against a team with a winning record, the Chargers stayed competitive for most of the game. Ultimately, a comedy of errors kept the team on the wrong end of the scoreline for the eighth time this season.
The Chargers’ first possession was a three-and-out that took all of 35 seconds, and the Bills followed up with a touchdown drive in under two minutes, the majority of the yards gained on a defensive pass interference by Rayshawn Jenkins. Even when the Chargers came back on the ensuing drive to score a touchdown of their own on a beautiful dart to Keenan Allen in the red zone, Michael Badgley missed the extra point. That set the tone for the errors that would plague the Chargers throughout.
Credit to the Chargers’ defense for keeping the team in contact throughout the game. They pressured Josh Allen throughout, limiting the Buffalo QB to 157 passing yards. Joey Bosa had three sacks and two more QB hits. The defense forced three turnovers in the final quarter — two fumbles and an interception — but the offense simply couldn’t capitalize.
The Chargers will look back on this game as one that could have been won had they converted one more fourth down, committed one fewer penalty, or held on to one more catch. That wasn’t the case, as the team falls to 3-8.