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Chargers 22, Bills 10: Buffalo can't find the mojo this week

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The Buffalo Bills looked lost on offense this week, struggling to muster yards and points in an uncompetitive loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Tom Szczerbowski

The Buffalo Bills had their moments, but they were unable to get enough going on the offensive side of the ball. The defense solidified in the second half, holding Philip Rivers in check, but the San Diego Chargers still come out on top, 22-10.

EJ Manuel finished 23-of-39 for 238 yards and a touchdown but never got into a rhythm. He rarely was able to find his receivers down the field and took a costly safety late in the game on an intentional grounding in the end zone. He wasn't helped out a lot by the offensive line on the day, regularly escaping pressure but also taking a pair of sacks. Buffalo managed just 81 yards rushing, too, playing for behind for much of the second half.

For San Diego, Philip Rivers had a nice day with 256 yards and a pair of scores. He was sacked a pair of times and flushed from the pocket but commanded the offense well for the most part. Missing their top two running backs, they out-rushed Buffalo's vaunted rushing tandem with Donald Brown and UDFA Brandon Oliver.

The Bills had 11 penalties for 101 yards on a day of miscues, as well.

Buffalo (2-1) travels to Houston next week to take on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Texans. Houston is also 2-1 after losing to the Giants this week. Buffalo still sits atop the AFC East in a tie with the New England Patriots (who are 0-1 in the division).