Buffalo Bills Week 12 Preview: Chargers cannot be underestimated

Buffalo Bills center Jon Feliciano (76) prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Josh Allen (17). (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Buffalo Bills center Jon Feliciano (76) prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Josh Allen (17). (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Buffalo Bills find themselves in a position to be in a favourable position in the AFC East but need to be cautious.

Going into Week 12 against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Buffalo Bills know they cannot underestimate their opponent despite their 3-7 record.

Going into this game, the big news from the Bills was John Brown getting put on injured reserve and Cody Ford seeing his season come to an end. They are also trying to overcome a tough loss to the Arizona Cardinals where they lost on a Hail Mary play.

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Once again Josh Allen sees himself going up against another emerging quarterback in Justin Herbert who has revived the Chargers’ offense. At the same time, this is a team that has only two wins in their last five games against the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.

What will need to be the key to success is generating turnovers which has been a noticeable improvement with the Bills defense. This season, Buffalo has seven interceptions and nine fumble recoveries and against a pass-happy Chargers offense, that will be something that could make life easier with a healthy secondary.

Offensively, the loss of Brown means more attention will be directed towards Stefon Diggs which could open up more opportunities for Cole Beasley.  Casey Hayward Jr. won’t be playing for Los Angeles but the attention will be on Joey Bosa who will try to exploit Ford’s absence on the offensive line.

The return of Austin Ekeler also creates a major issue for the Bills defense which has been vulnerable to the run. Of course, Keenan Allen is also the key cog of the Chargers offense through the air which might not be an easy assignment for whoever has to cover him.

At some point, the Bills need to establish the run and the Chargers defense is allowing 4.6 yards per rush on the ground. Los Angeles’ secondary is allowing 10.9 yards per reception so a balanced attack might be the right approach.

Unless the Miami Dolphins somehow lose to the New York Jets, the Bills need to hold their lead in the AFC East. A loss to the Chargers and a win by the Dolphins will open up a sprint for the division title which can’t be overlooked.

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