5 takeaways from a Chargers’ blowout vs. Buffalo Bills

Alexander Insdorf
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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SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 06: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers walks to the huddle in the game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 06: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers walks to the huddle in the game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

5. Philip Rivers is still Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers has six touchdowns, 680 yards, a 73.1 percent completion percentage and just one interception on the season so far.

While it’s still early in the season, it seems that Rivers is continuing what he did last year; take shots down the field, play smart and limit turnovers. There’s been no regression. It’s also fun when receivers catch balls that you put in their hands.

This team goes as far as Rivers takes them. And he’s been on fire to start the year, despite some offensive issues in Week 1. Patrick Mahomes, Rivers, Derek Carr and Case Keenum. The AFC West quarterbacks are great, and Rivers will keep pace.

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OVERALL

The Chargers took care of business against the Bills and looked great for the most part in doing so. Gordon was a tank, Mike Williams had a fun coming out party and the defense dominated, especially the rookies. I do take some concern with how the offense let up a little in the second half and kind of tapered off, but they were in control of the game from the beginning. It’s a great confidence-booster win going into next week against…

NEXT WEEK

…The Rams. The battle for LA. A big, nationally televised game in the 4:00 hour. This, in my opinion, is the Chargers’ toughest game and toughest test of the season. I’m curious to see what the line will be. I’d imagine the Rams are favorites, but I expect a close game that comes down to the fourth quarter. It’ll be super interesting to see how it goes down. The defense, and especially the offense, will have to keep up with the high-powered Rams’ units.

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