OPEN THREAD: Bills vs. Chargers


Melvin Gordon and the Los Angeles Chargers host LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills in Week 11. Chat with other Chargers fans on the open thread while watching the game.

The Chargers are coming off a rough loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Los Angeles wants to keep any postseason hopes alive, they MUST beat Anthony Lynn’s former team, the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo (5-4) is currently the No. 6 seed in an unimpressive AFC.

The thing is, the Bills haven’t looked good the past two weeks. They got beat pretty bad by the Jets and Saints. They also just replaced starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor for rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. This will be Peterman’s first career start.

As for the Chargers, Philip Rivers will make his 186th consecutive start after passing the NFL’s concussion protocol. He’ll lead a struggling offense that’s averaging 18.6 points per game, 23rd-worst in the league. Despite the Chargers holding Leonard Fournette to 33 yards on 17 attempts, both teams have played poorly against the run (Bills rank 22nd and Chargers ranks 32nd in that category, respectively), so expect to see a lot of Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Shady McCoy.

Let’s see who’s inactive for the Chargers:

Our #BUFvsLAC inactives:

WR G. DavisRB B. OliverDE C. McCainLB J. OnwualuLB H. PullardRT J. BarksdaleTE S. Culkin

— #BUFvsLAC (@Chargers) November 19, 2017

Joe Barksdale was already ruled out a few days before, so Michael Schofield will again get the start at right tackle. Linebacker Hayes Pullard will miss his second straight game, but his absence will not be missed as the Chargers have Denzel Perryman back making plays (the dude was on fire in his debut last week). Like I predicted it would, Perryman’s presence also made Jatavis Brown perform at a higher level. Backup pass-rusher Jerry Attaochu will be counted on as Chris McCain sits out with a quad injury.

Meanwhile, the Bills will be without starting left tackle Cordy Glenn, starting guard John Miller, wide receiver Jordan Matthews and backup running back/fullback Mike Tolbert.