The Buffalo Bills (7-3) return from their bye week relatively healthy and with a one-game lead in the AFC East as the team looks to win the division for the first time since 1995.
Buffalo kicks off its final six games of the regular season at 1 p.m. EST Sunday, when the Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) come to Bills Stadium.
Points should be plentiful in this matchup, as Josh Allen has directed an offense that is averaging 27.2 points per game (11th in the NFL) and eclipsed 30 points in five games, while rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is at the helm of a Chargers’ offense that is scoring 26 points per game (15th), and nearly 30 points per game over their last seven.
Buffalo is looking to forget all about a Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, who won on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins. Los Angeles is searching for a way to close out opponents, as the Chargers have had the lead late in many of their losses and have suffered seven setbacks by eight points or less.
Sunday’s matchup will be the 40th all-time between the Bills and the Chargers.
The Chargers lead the all-time series 25-12-2, winning four of the last five and seven of the last ten meetings since 2000.
The last time these teams met was Allen’s rookie season, when Philip Rivers and the Chargers came to Western New York and defeated the Bills 31-20 on Sept. 16, 2018 in a game best known for cornerback Vontae Davis suddenly retiring at halftime.
Allen completed 18 of 33 passes for 245 yards with the first passing touchdown of his young career to go with two interceptions. The day belonged to Rivers, who carved up Buffalo’s offense and completed 23 of 27 passes for 256 yards and three first-half TDs as the Chargers raced out to a 28-6 halftime lead.
Buffalo last beat the Chargers on Oct. 19, 2008 as Trent Edwards completed 25 of 30 passes for 261 yards and a TD, Marshawn Lynch rushed 19 times for 70 yards with a score, and Lee Evans hauled in eight passes for 89 yards with a TD in a 23-14 victory.
Buffalo is currently listed as a 4.5-point favorite. The Bills will be wearing their throwback white jerseys complete with their classic white helmet and red standing Buffalo logo. Here are all the ways to catch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Channel: The game will be carried locally on CBS on WIVB 4 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WIVB 4 and WROC 8 in Rochester, WTVH 5 in Syracuse and Utica, WKTV 2 in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, WBNG 12 in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira, WRGB 6 in Utica and Albany, WCWN 45 in Albany, and WENY 36-2 in Elmira. View the broadcast map.
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst).
Location: Bills Stadium | Orchard Park, N.Y.
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WKRL 100.9 FM and 106.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Steve Tasker with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
Twitter: Follow @BuffRumblings for complete Bills coverage on Twitter before, during, and after every game.
Facebook: Like Buffalo Rumblings on Facebook!
Buffalo Rumblings Podcast Links
Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Blitzed Bills, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Code of Conduct with J. Spence, The Bruce Exclusive, The Buff Hub, Jamie D. and Big Newt, The Mafia Mavens, and Circling the Wagons:
Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone
- Ruled out: WR John Brown (ankle), OL Cody Ford (ankle/knee).
- Will play: DE AJ Epenesa (concussion), DE Jerry Hughes (back), RB/special teamer Taiwan Jones (hamstring), TE Dawson Knox (hamstring).
Los Angeles Chargers
- Out: CB Casey Hayward (groin), DE Melvin Ingram (knee), DE Uchenna Nwosu (chest/ shoulder).
- Questionable: RB Kalen Ballage (ankle/ calf).
- Will play: RT Bryan Bulaga (knee).