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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills Preview and Predictions 09-16-2018

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The Buffalo Bills will try to get past an embarrassing season-opening loss by turning to rookie Josh Allen at quarterback when they host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Allen, who was drafted seventh overall in April, replaced Nathan Peterman in the third quarter in last week's 47-3 loss at Baltimore and will take over to begin the home opener.

"At the end of the day, he's a young player," coach Sean McDermott told reporters. "We keep that all in mind, manage expectations, and know that we embrace that growth mindset that there's going to be some challenges, some adversity, and you keep learning as you go and you embrace that." There figure to be loads of challenges and adversity for the Bills if they continue to play like they did last Sunday, when they managed a measly 153 total yards in the team's most lopsided loss in nearly 11 years. The Chargers are also looking for a rebound performance after a 38-28 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. Los Angeles routed Buffalo 54-24 last year while intercepting Peterman -- who was making his first career start -- five times in the first half alone.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Chargers -7. O/U: 43

ABOUT THE CHARGERS (0-1): Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 418 yards and three touchdowns last week -- despite a handful of notable drops by his receivers -- as Los Angeles outgained Kansas City by nearly 200 yards and had a 33-19 advantage in first downs. Melvin Gordon had 64 yards rushing and another 102 on nine receptions while Keenan Allen -- who had 159 yards receiving and two TDs last year against Buffalo -- hauled in eight catches for 108 yards and a score versus the Chiefs. Star defensive end Joey Bosa missed the opener and is reportedly not expected to be available for this one as he tries to overcome a bone bruise in his left foot.

ABOUT THE BILLS (0-1): Buffalo responded to last year's 30-point loss to the Chargers by winning four of its next six games to end a long postseason drought, and the current unit is hoping for another turnaround. "It's one game and we have to keep things in proper perspective," McDermott told the media. "We're still finding out who we are as a football team, and we have to continue to grow and learn from the film." Allen completed 6-of-15 passes for 74 yards and added 26 yards on the ground in his limited action.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Bills RB LeSean McCoy has 32 rushing yards in 18 attempts over his last two regular-season games.

2. Los Angeles RB Austin Ekeler had five catches and five runs in Week 1, compiling 126 total yards and a TD.

3. The Chargers have won the last three meetings by an average of 23 points.

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Last Injuries

Buffalo Bills

  • Zack Moss

    Toe
    Prob Sun | probable

    Moss sat out the last game with a toe injury, but it is likely that he will suit up against the Raiders on Sunday.

  • Dion Dawkins

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dawkins was lifted from the last game with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Raiders on Sunday.

  • Micah Hyde

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hyde departed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Raiders on Sunday.

  • Quinton Jefferson

    Foot
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jefferson is bothered by a foot injury, leaving his status for Sunday's clash with the Raiders unclear.

  • Tremaine Edmunds

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Edmunds is managing a shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen if he will dress for Sunday's matchup against the Raiders.

  • Dawson Knox

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Knox missed the last game with a concussion and is going through the league's protocol. It is likely that he will be cleared in time for Sunday's matchup versus the Raiders.

  • Mario Addison

    Lower Body
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Addison exited the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Raiders on Sunday.

  • John Brown

    Calf
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown was forced from the previous game with a calf injury, and his availability for Sunday's contest against the Raiders is likely.

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Mike Williams

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Williams exited the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will play Sunday against the Buccaneers.

  • Nick Vigil

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vigil was held out of the last game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part in Sunday's showdown against the Buccaneers.

  • Donald Parham Jr.

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Parham Jr. has sat out the previous two games due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup versus the Buccaneers on Sunday.

  • Melvin Ingram III

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Ingram III is on the injured reserve list due to a knee injury, and it is unknown when the team will activate him.

  • Justin Jones

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain when the team will activate him.

  • Trai Turner

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Turner was absent from the lineup during the previous game with a groin injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Sunday's clash with the Buccaneers.

  • Justin Jackson

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jackson has missed the past two games due to an injured quad, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Buccaneers.

  • Nasir Adderley

    Face
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Adderley left the previous game with a facial injury, and it is up in the air if he will face the Buccaneers on Sunday.