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Buffalo Bills winners and losers from the beatdown from the Los Angeles Chargers

It was hard to find any good from this game

Buffalo Bills v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

This is going to be short and not-so-sweet. The Buffalo Bills were embarrassed on Sunday by the 3-6 Los Angeles Chargers. The Nathan Peterman experiment went about as badly as you could imagine, multiplied by five. Sure, there were some late-game stats that made players look good, but as a whole, the Bills might as well have just stayed on the plane and flown back to Buffalo.


RB LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy was really the only player to perform at a high level all game. He only had 13 carries, but he made the most of them with 114 yards and a touchdown. He also added a touchdown catch from Tyrod Taylor for 12 yards.

QB Tyrod Taylor

Sure, Tyrod had a good outing when he came in for the second half, but that isn't why he's a winner this week. Peterman was so much worse than anyone thought he could be, and it showed the entire league that Sean McDermott made a mistake in benching Taylor. Tyrod made it clear, if it wasn't already, that he is the best option at quarterback for the Bills if they want a shot at the playoffs this year.

K Stephen Hauschka

Hauschka set the record for most consecutive field goal conversions over 50 yards and his former team lost because they missed a long last-second field goal.


Coach Sean McDermott

He made the call to switch quarterbacks, and it was the wrong one. Players on the team kept quiet about the decision and prognosticators around the league weren't on board with this decision, and it for good reason. On top of that, the defense gave up 54 points, which is never a good look for a head coach who was hired due to his success as a defensive coordinator.

QB Nathan Peterman

You can't help but feel bad for the guy, as he was thrown into a burning building. His offensive line or offensive coordinator didn't help him much, but five interceptions is five interceptions. It is hard to bury him, since it is only one game, but it has to be hard to bounce back from a performance like that.

The defensive front seven

This was yet another week of watching Buffalo’s defense fail to stop anything. The Bills defense gave up 146 yards on the ground on 35 carries. Any time the defense gives up an average of over 4 yards a carry, it won't be a great day for them. The Chargers also kept Buffalo’s defense on the field, both due to their own offense moving the ball and their defense causing turnovers, which forced Buffalo’s defense right back onto the field. The guys in the box looked out of place on just about every run, and the secondary saved touchdowns on numerous occasions.