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One Stat Recap: Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers

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Philip Rivers owned the Bills defense on Sunday

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The Los Angeles Chargers were in control all game long against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at New Era Field. The number one reason for that was Philip Rivers’ performance through the air.

Rivers picked apart the Bills defense, going 23 of 27 for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns. Those aren’t eye-popping numbers, but they are very significant. Only four times in the history of the NFL has a team lost a game when throwing for more than 250 yards with fewer than five incompletions. None of those four teams had three passing touchdowns on top of the other stellar statistics.

This is the second consecutive week that the Bills defense has given up 30 or more points. That bring their average points per game allowed to 38.5. That is more than two touchdowns per game higher than their 2017 regular season total. It is obviously early, but regardless of what the offense can do, giving up nearly 40 points per game will not result in a ton of wins for the Bills.