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Refocused, NFL Week 2: Los Angeles Chargers 31, Buffalo Bills 20

Sep 16, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) avoids the pass rush of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (98) to throw a pass during the third quarter at New Era Field.
Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31-20, continuing the second full week of action in the NFL.
Los Angeles Chargers 31, Buffalo Bills 20 Analyst Takeaways While the second half didn’t go their way, it was the dominance of Philip Rivers and the passing game in the first half that left the Bills chasing.
The veteran pass rusher did not disappoint against Buffalo as he was constantly in the Bills backfield, hurrying quarterback Josh Allen.
Ingram also made an impact in the running game.
There were some ill-advised decisions including his interceptions; however, there were also some jaw-dropping passes which highlighted his arm strength, mainly his long pass to Zay Jones which traveled 55 yards in the air from the line of scrimmage.
Allen didn’t have an easy job as he was playing behind a Buffalo offensive line that was very inconsistent against Los Angeles.
While there were some plays in which they provided him with more than three seconds to find an open target, the unit missed several assignments both in pass protection and in the running game which prevented the Bills offense from getting into a rhythm all afternoon.
Keys to the game Los Angeles: The Chargers got off to a fast start and an efficient offensive outing proved just too much for the Bills.
Buffalo: Buffalo’s coverage did little to slow the Chargers’ passing attack.

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Sep 16, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) avoids the pass rush of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (98) to throw a pass during the third quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Buffalo Bills, 31-20, continuing the second full week of action in the NFL.

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

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Los Angeles Chargers 31, Buffalo Bills 20

Analyst Takeaways

While the second half didn’t go their way, it was the dominance of Philip Rivers and the passing game in the first half that left the Bills chasing. Rivers didn’t have many “wow” throws, as he took what the Bills defense was willing to give him. His efficiency was highlighted by the fact that he had three touchdowns to just four incompletions.

For all the talent the Chargers have, their offensive line continues to be their biggest issue. The running…

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