The Los Angeles Chargers finally broke through last week in their 34-28 win against the winless Jets, but that hardly calls for too much celebration. Their reward for finally finding the win column again? A meeting with the first place Buffalo Bills.
All is not doom and gloom for the Chargers, however, as they have started to find their stride as the season reaches the final stretch. With plenty on the line for Buffalo in this one, here are some ways that the Chargers can sour their postseason picture.
3. Slow Down Stefon Diggs
While the Chargers have their guy in Keenan Allen, the Bills run their offense through Diggs. He is second in receptions this season, only behind Allen himself.
He has singlehandedly revived the Buffalo passing game this season and has been a huge part of their success all year long. If the Chargers hope to come away with a win, a strong game from Keenan Allen won’t be enough. They must slow down the Bills’ WR1 enough to keep things close.
2. Force Josh Allen to Make Plays
It may sound strange to actually want an opposing quarterback to make plays, but Josh Allen is no ordinary quarterback. While his arm is one of many talents, his legs are by far his greatest weapon in a short field.
On the season, Allen has a total of 5 rushing touchdowns, one more than the rest of his team combined. If the Chargers defense can keep Allen from finding open field, they should be able to stay in this game for 4 quarters.
1. Reinforcements at Running Back
After 8 long weeks, Austin Ekeler is primed for a return to action in Week 12 after being activated off of the IR on Saturday afternoon. While this does not necessarily mean that he will play on Sunday, the move to activate him speaks volumes about the team’s confidence in his readiness to play at full speed.
The running game just hasn’t been the same since Ekeler went down, and his return would add another wrinkle to an already potent offense.
- Los Angeles Chargers @ Buffalo Bills
- Sunday, November 29th @ 10:00 AM PT on CBS