1. Buffalo Bills, Week 2 (Road)
This is a dumpster fire one ignited match away from exploding in the eyes of ‘Bills Mafia.’ Yes, the Buffalo Bills defied the odds in 2017 when they clinched a postseason spot at 9-7. With the help of the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17, the Bills locked in a playoff berth for the first time since 1999.
No such miracles will be crafted in 2018 because this Bills roster could undoubtedly be the most lackluster in the NFL, especially on offense. Buffalo’s overall ineptitude will lead to a sure-fire win for the Chargers.
When glancing at the Bills’ offense, running back LeSean McCoy provides the lone glimmer of watchability for this unit. He is coming off a 2017 campaign where he racked up 1,138 rushing yards to go with 448 yards receiving. McCoy recorded eight total touchdowns. However, he is entering his age-30 season, a dreaded mark for the running back position.
Aside from ‘Shady’ McCoy, the Buffalo attack looks to be atrocious. The two-man race for starting quarterback between Nathan Peterman and rookie Josh Allen does not instill heaps of excitement for the offense. Do not be surprised if bothsee playing time this season. Who will these signal-callers throw to? A mundane pass-catching corps featuring wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Jeremy Kerley and tight end Charles Clay.
Add in a rebuilding offensive line, and it is a recipe for disaster in Bills land. Do not forget Peterman’s five-interception performance in two quarters against the Chargers last season in Week 11. L.A. won that matchup 54-24
Buffalo’s defensive unit should not strike fear into the hearts of Chargers players, coaches, and fans but they do posses some viable pieces. The front seven includes defensive lineman Jerry Hughes, Star Lotulelei, and linebackers Lorenzo Alexander and Tremaine Edmunds.
The Bills secondary features cornerback Tre’Davious White and safety Micah Hyde. Two-time Pro Bowl corner Vontae Davis is also on the roster, but reports suggest the former Indianapolis Colt is still scraping for a starting role.
While the defense has a handful of solid veterans, the unit will struggle with a high-octane Chargers passing attack led by quarterback Philip Rivers. Moreover, running back Melvin Gordon will give the front seven fits. Expect a score hovering around 24-13 in favou of the road Chargers.