Buffalo Bills (4-1) vs San Diego Chargers (3-3)
Sunday, October 19, 2008 1PM EDT
Unlike the Bills last two opponents, the Bills have faced the San Diego Chargers plenty of times in their history, 34 times to be exact. Most of those were during the 60's in the old AFL days, of course. The Chargers lead the all time series 21-11-2.
October 15, 2000: Bills 27, Chargers 24 (OT)
Neither team could run the ball very well. The Bills had 95 rushing yards and the Chargers managed just 59, but both more than made up for it in the passing game. Jim Harbaugh threw for 287 yards and 2 scores, most of that to two guys, Jeff Graham (9-113) and Curtis Conway (7-143). The Bills countered with big days from Rob Johnson (321 yards and a TD) and Eric Moulds (11-170). Jerry Ostroski even recovered a fumble in the end zone for a TD. The game went to OT where Steve Christie won it with a 46 yard field goal.
October 28, 2001: Chargers 27, Bills 24
Doug Flutie helped the Chargers get revenge on the Bills by beating them almost exactly a year later by the same score the Bills beat them by. This game was back and forth until a Travis Henry 3 yard TD run put the Bills ahead 24-20 with 1:30 to play, but Flutie magic struck the Bills as 20 seconds later the diminutive one scored on a 13 yard scamper to put the Chargers ahead for good. Peerless Price had a nice day with 8 catches for 151 yards and a TD.
December 15, 2002: Bills 20, Chargers 13
Travis Henry (22 carries, 144 yards, 2 scores) out-dueled LT (28-110-1) showing off just how much talent he wasted. Two former Bills played for San Diego in this game; Doug Flutie replaced a mostly ineffective Drew Brees (13-24-148) but isn't much better himself (3-11-64), and Steve Christie (playing for San Diego) was 2 of 3 on field goals.
November 20, 2005: Chargers 48, Bills 10
Not much good about this one if you're a Bills fan. Drew Brees tossed 3 TD passes and led the Chargers to a 35-10 halftime lead. The Chargers D takes over from there, shutting out the Bills the rest of the way. Sam Aiken caught a pass for 15 yards, so I guess that was a rare occurrence worth noting.
December 3, 2006: Chargers 24, Bills 21
LT ran wild in this one, to the tune of 178 yards on 28 carries and 2 scores. The Bills meanwhile didn't muster a whole lot offensively. Willis McGahee managed just 26 yards on 16 carries. J.P. Losman had 26 yards rushing also, but at least it only took J.P. 6 carries. Losman did throw 2 touchdowns, but also threw 2 picks, adding to the 4 total turnovers that the Bills had on the day.