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5 takeaways from a Chargers’ blowout vs. Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a touchdown reception by Mike Williams #81 during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a touchdown reception by Mike Williams #81 during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the start of NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

3. Offense has got to keep the foot on the gas pedal in the second half

Despite the fact that the game was pretty much already decided at halftime, I would have liked to have seen more aggression in the second half from the offense. It may not matter against the Josh Allen-led Bills, but the Chargers have some great offenses coming to play against them this year. They’re going to have to have some big second halves to contend with some of these teams, despite a defense that looks good.

Let Rivers keep slinging if he’s slinging. Let Gordon and Ekeler eat. Let great receivers like Keenan Allen and Mike Williams go up and grab it. Stay aggressive for the whole game.

4. Anthony Lynn doesn’t have a ton of faith in Sturgis

The score was 28-13. The Chargers are at the Bills 33-yard line on fourth down. They elect to…punt? Look, I get that the Chargers’ special teams and kicking unit specifically has been much maligned, and maybe as a result, Anthony Lynn didn’t want to take the chance there. But 50-yarders are becoming more common and you must have more faith in whoever your kicker is to be able to knock it down. Caleb Sturgis later knocked down a field goal to essentially close the game.

But I believe Lynn has to take the chance there. Maybe it didn’t matter against the Bills, but a three-point difference can be crucial against any other team.

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