Preview: San Diego at Buffalo

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York


The Buffalo Bills are in the unfamiliar position of leading the AFC East after a pair of impressive performances. The San Diego Chargers, who visit the Bills on Sunday, are coming off a win over the defending Super Bowl champions and enter the weekend with expectations soaring. The Chargers figured out how to throw against the Seattle Seahawks' secondary and will attempt to do the same against a Buffalo defense holding opponents to 15 points.

San Diego devised a game plan that put tight end Antonio Gates to work against the Seattle secondary, and the veteran ended up with three touchdowns in the 30-21 triumph. Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers could be getting heavy work again as the Bills' run defense is yielding an average of 83 yards and Chargers top back Ryan Mathews (sprained right MCL) is expected to miss at least a month. Buffalo has excelled on special team behind kicker Dan Carpenter and running back/returner C.J. Spiller, who returned a kickoff 102 yards last week to crush Miami’s momentum in a 29-10 win.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bills -2.5. O/U: 45.5

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (1-1): San Diego dropped an 18-17 heartbreaker at Arizona in its opener but came out looking like a different offensive team against the Seahawks with quick passes underneath and throws to Gates in the red zone. “All three touchdown catches, for the most part, didn’t come exactly like they were drawn up,” Rivers told reporters. “They were a little bit backyard. We ended up close to the spots we were trying to do, but just a little bit different.” The Chargers are looking for their first road win after squandering a 17-6 second-half lead in the loss to the Cardinals.

ABOUT THE BILLS (2-0): Buffalo’s offense has not needed to do much thanks to the defense and special teams, but EJ Manuel is occasionally showing how effective he can be when healthy and with a full complement of weapons. Manuel and rookie receiver Sammy Watkins have developed an instant chemistry, and Watkins’ 11 catches and 148 yards leads all rookies. Spiller, who also broke off a 47-yard TD run last week, and Fred Jackson are a dynamic pair in the backfield but were not on the field at the same time at all in Week 2 after a package involving both was used in the Week 1 win over Chicago.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Rivers needs one TD passes to tie his own team record of 23 straight games with at least one.

2. Buffalo WR Robert Woods injured his ankle in practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday.

3. Gates (90) needs one TD catch to move into a tie with Isaac Bruce for 10th on the NFL’s all-time list.

PREDICTION: Chargers 24, Bills 21

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
San Diego 1-1 W1 23.5 19.5 1-0 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Buffalo 2-0 W2 26.0 15.0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0

Last Meeting

San Diego Buffalo
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/11/11 BUF 10 SD 37 366 150 216 281 96 185

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SD P. Rivers 72.7 240 3 0
BUF R. Fitzpatrick 38.2 176 0 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SD R. Mathews 20 114 5.7 0
BUF C. Spiller 12 46 3.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SD A. Gates 7 68 9.7 2
BUF S. Johnson 4 116 29.0 0
TDs Player TD
SD A. Gates 2
BUF B. Scott 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SD P. Rivers 67.1 522 4 1
BUF E. Manuel 66.7 375 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SD R. Mathews 23 71 3.1 1
BUF C. Spiller 27 122 4.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SD A. Gates 13 177 13.6 3
BUF S. Watkins 11 148 13.5 1
TDs Player TD
SD A. Gates 3
BUF C. Spiller 2

Quickchart Matchup

San Diego Off vs  Buffalo Def
333.5 yards
358.5 yards
2.5 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
7 yards/attempt
5.6 yards/attempt
Buffalo Off vs  San Diego Def
337.5 yards
345.5 yards
4.6 yards/rush
5.6 yards/rush
7.7 yards/attempt
7.6 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
2.5
-110
44
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-2.5
-110
45.5
Sportsbook
-110
-2.5
-110
45.5
5Dimes.eu
-105
-2.5
-105
45.5
GTBets.eu
-110
-2.5
-110
45.5
Top Bet
-120
-1.5
-110
45.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-2.5
-110
45
BetDSI
110
-3
-110
45.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
2.5
OFF
BookMaker.eu
110
-3
-110
45.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-120
-2.5
-110
45.5
Mirage
-110
-2.5
-110
45.5
Station
-110
-2.5
-110
45.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

San Diego Overall Buffalo
1-1 W/L 2-0
2-0-0 ATS 2-0-0
1-1-0 O/U 0-2-0
23.5 Pts For 26.0
19.5 Pts Against 15.0
San Diego A/H Buffalo
0-1 W/L 1-0
1-0-0 ATS 1-0-0
0-1-0 O/U 0-1-0
17.0 Pts For 29.0
18.0 Pts Against 10.0