The Buffalo Bills go into today’s home game against the San Diego Chargers with one of the NFL’s better rated rushing attacks. They’re also one of the league leaders in red-zone drives and have a 2-0 record. Yet the Bills know they still have a lot to prove in today’s Chargers Bills game.
Buffalo shares the lead with New Orleans for the number of drives (10) into the red zone, but they’ve scored just three touchdowns in two weeks. Last week against Miami, in fact, the Bills scored just one touchdown in six trips to the red zone, sealing their 29-10 win with five field goals from kicker Dan Carpenter.
Points are points, but going into today’s Week 3 Chargers game, the Bills will need quarterback EJ Manuel to be a bigger threat in the passing game to open up the rush even further for running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Manuel is 32-of-48 for just 375 yards passing for the season, whereas Spiller (122 yards) and Jackson (85 yards) have more than half of that same yardage on the ground.
When you watch the Chargers game you’ll see a different style completely. San Diego has the 8th-ranked passing game behind quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers last weekend led the Chargers to a surprising 30-21 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle. In that game Rivers completed 28 of 37 passes for 284 yards, with three touchdowns to Antonio Gates alone.
Will Rivers be able to keep up that pace in today’s Bills game? Against Buffalo’s 20th-rated defense he might. On the flip side, the Bills have a good shot at pounding it out on the ground in today’s Chargers game, which could improve Buffalo’s odds if they can wrest the time of possession battle from San Diego.
You can watch the San Diego Chargers take on the Buffalo Bills live on TV on CBS. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST. You can also watch Chargers vs Bills game online live free streaming using the CBS Sports website or DirecTV’s website. The latter requires you to have an NFL Sunday Ticket MAX package, which requires a subscription. All subscribers can watch the game online free via the DirecTV live stream if they’re stuck using a smartphone, tablet or PC.