After being completely annihilated by the Ravens in week 1, the Buffalo Bills will be back on the field next Sunday for their home opener. The opponent will be the Los Angeles Chargers, also coming from a loss in their first game, versus the Kansas City Chiefs. LA entered the season as one of the most hyped teams in the AFC and will be looking to rebound against the struggling Buffalo team.
The Chargers couldn’t contain the up-and-coming star WR Tyreek Hill, who finished the game with 169 yards on 7 receptions and 2 TDs. He was the real difference maker in the game and the Bills don’t have a wide receiver which can threaten the Chargers’ defense the way Hill did. Buffalo’s best hope is offensive coordinator Brian Daboll figuring out ways to give the ball to running back LeSean McCoy in space. He’s the most dangerous offensive weapon on the team and needs to be utilized better than in the first game of the season.
The most important change in the Bills’ line-up is Josh Allen, the rookie first-round QB, earning the starting job after giving the team a spark in the previous game. The offense had only one first down on offense before he was inserted in the game and it was clear he was the best option for the team at the quarterback position. Starting the rookie was the only option available for head coach Sean McDermott, after Nathan Peterman showing complete ineptitude as the starting QB. Allen gives his teammates and the fan base hope. He’s far from a finished product but already showed flashes of what made him a top-10 pick. His talent alone makes this offense more dangerous.
To have a shot at winning his first official NFL start, Allen will need all the help possible from his teammates. The offensive line will remain the same and they need to give him time to stand tall in the pocket and use his powerful arm to deliver the ball on time. Chargers star DE Joey Bosa being out with a foot injury helps for sure. Another guy who will need to step up is WR Kelvin Benjamin. After a rough first game where he struggled with drops and had his effort questioned by fans and media, it’ll be huge to have the big-bodied wideout playing at his best next Sunday.
On the other side of the ball, the Bills’ defense will have a big challenge. Chargers’ veteran QB Philip Rivers shred the Chiefs secondary throwing for 424 yards and 3 TDs. The Bills will need to find a way to pressure him to give the secondary a shot at creating turnovers. Both of LA’s running backs are threats receiving out of the backfield and will be a big challenge to Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds, the Buffalo’s pair of young linebackers.
It’ll be another tough game in Buffalo’s brutal schedule. They’re going to face the Vikings and the Packers after this game. I can’t predict a Bills win against a Chargers team which has so much talent on both sides of the ball, but I have hope. I don’t think this Bills’ team is bad as most people believe and with Allen starting and the defense being able to create turnovers like they always were able to, Buffalo has at least a shot.