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Chargers vs. Bills Week 16: By the Numbers

The Bills have one of the league's best offenses and defenses. Do the Chargers have any hope for competing?

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

This post is always a lot more fun when at least one side of the ball is having a notable season. Through the first half of the year, the Chargers offense was still a top-10 unit and it was fun to watch their numbers rise and remain one of the league's best. It made the sting of their defensive rankings all the more bearable knowing something, if at all, was working.

That unfortunately changed several weeks ago when the path of this team started on a downward trajectory prior to their stretch of losing five of their last six. Now everytime I put together the numbers for this piece, I'm reminded how their offense numbers have slowly but surely inched further and further down the league standings. What started as the league's second-best rush offense after Week 1 is now amongst the bottom five. The passing offense was a top-five unit through the first eight games but now sits in the bottom half of the league. What makes this harder to swallow is that thus trend was in full swing long before Justin Herbert was lost for the season.

As it stands, it seems like Kellen Moore is now coaching for his future in hopes of earning not just a potential coordinator role elsewhere, but a possible head-coaching gig, as well. If he's really worth potentially keeping through to the next coaching staff, he should be able to show us why over the next three games.

With that said, let’s go ahead and jump into the numbers!

*Team statistics all via ESPN Stats. Individual stats via Pro Football Reference.

Chargers Offense

Total yards per game: 333.7 (15th)
Points per game: 21.6 (17th)
Passing yards per game: 238.0 (10th)
Rushing yards per game: 95.7 (27th)

Top Performers

Passing: QB Justin Herbert - 3,143 passing yards, 20 touchdowns
Rushing yards: RB Austin Ekeler - 506
Rushing touchdowns: RB Austin Ekeler - Five
Receiving yards: WR Keenan Allen - 1,243
Receptions: WR Keenan Allen - 108
Receiving touchdowns: WR Keenan Allen - Seven

Chargers Defense

Total yards allowed per game: 375.3 (29th)
Points allowed per game: 24.6 (28th)
Passing yards allowed per game: 261.4 (30th)

Rushing yards allowed per game: 113.9 (18th)

Top Performers

Tackles: S Kenneth Murray - 103
Tackles for loss: EDGE Khalil Mack - 15
Sacks: EDGE Khalil Mack - 15
Passes Defended: CB Asante Samuel Jr. - 12
Interceptions: CB Asante Samuel Jr. - Two
Forced fumbles: EDGE Khalil Mack - Five
Fumble recoveries: S Alohi Gilman, S Derwin James - Two

Bills Offense

Total yards per game: 376.9 (4th)
Points per game: 27.1 (6th)
Passing yards per game: 244.6 (8th)
Rushing yards per game: 132.3 (6th)

Top Performers

Passing: QB Josh Allen - 3,541 passing yards, 26 touchdowns
Rushing yards: RB James Cook - 968
Rushing touchdowns: QB Josh Allen - 11
Receiving yards: WR Stefon Diggs - 1,041
Receptions: WR Stefon Diggs - 91
Receiving Touchdowns: WR Stefon Diggs - Eight

Bills Defense

Total yards per game: 312.9 (12th)
Points per game: 18.1 (4th)
Passing yards per game: 200.6 (9th)
Rushing yards per game: 112.2 (16th)

Top Performers

Tackles: LB Terrel Bernard - 117
Tackles for loss: DT Ed Oliver, EDGE Gregory Rousseau - 11
Sacks: EDGE Leonard Floyd - 10.5
Passes Defended: EDGE A.J. Epenesa, CB Christian Benford - Eight
Interceptions: LB Terrel Bernard - Three
Forced fumbles: CB Taron Johnson - Three
Fumble recoveries: LB Terrel Bernard - Three