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Get the latest Chargers news, schedule, photos and rumors from Chargers Wire, the best Chargers blog available
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    Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will start Sunday against the Bills after self-reporting concussion symptoms and spending part of the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

    Rivers suffered multiple hits that could have led to the symptoms he reported to Los Angeles’ staff early in the week, including a helmet-to-helmet blow on Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye who was attempting to return an interception of Rivers for a touchdown.

    Upon first glance, the words “hit stick” likely came to mind for many young views, as Bouye’s momentum came to a screeching halt after his collision with the Chargers quarterback.

    Upon closer examination one sees that Rivers leads with his head, does not position his helmet off to the side nor does he look to wrap up Bouye. All factors which led to the collision being helmet-to-helmet.

    With Rivers playing, he extends his consecutive games streak to 186 games. That is the second-longest streak among active quarterbacks behind only New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (208 heading into Sunday).


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    Here is five quetions with Bills Wire managing editor Robert Quinn ahead of the Chargers and Bills contest Sunday at the StubHub Center at 1:05 p.m. PT on FOX.

    Have the Bills pulled the plug on the season by going with a rookie QB? What do you expect to see from Peterman?

    The writing was on the wall for Tyrod Taylor ever since he took a $10 million pay cut one day before the start of free agency, restructuring his contract to provide the Bills with arguably the most team-friendly deals among NFL quarterbacks.

    While many criticized the switch from Taylor to Peterman, citing the atrocious play of the defense in recent weeks, Buffalo’s passing game has been a big issue – and not just this season. Taylor has a unique skill set and will make a handful of ‘wow’ plays each game, but ultimately, his negatives have outweighed his positives.

    Peterman couldn’t be more different than Taylor, stylistically and many argue that he’s a better fit for Rick Dennison’s offense that relies on quick, efficient passes thrown with anticipation – something Taylor has struggled with in his two-plus years as a starter. In his limited action during the preseason and in mop-up duty last week, it was clear that Peterman is decisive and isn’t afraid to throw the ball into tight windows.

    Now, it’s important to note that these throws came late in preseason games and while the Saints were playing prevent, nursing a 47-3 lead but it will be interesting to see how Peterman performs, given the rave reviews he’s received.


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    The Bills saw their big-bodied wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, go down with a right knee injury during the first quarter of their contest against the Chargers Sunday at the StubHub Center.

    Benjamin caught a quick slant from rookie Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman for a first down over the middle when he was hit with a clean shot by Chargers safety Adrian Phillips in the right knee, appearing to hyperextend the joint.

    Benjamin immediately grabbed his knee after the hit and laid on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the field and going into the medical evaluation tent.

    Shortly after, Fox Sports reported on its live broadcast that Benjamin was “unable to put any weight” on his right knee and showed him being carted off by the training staff. The 26-year-old WR tore his left ACL in 2015, making the image of him being carted off of the field a ghastly one for Bills fans.


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    The Chargers came out aggressive defensively in the early goings against the Bills, highlighted by linebacker Korey Toomer intercepting Buffalo QB Nathan Peterman’s pass and returning it for a 59-yard touchdown.

    Below is a look at Toomer’s masterpiece, via the team’s official Twitter account.

    On the next drive, Peterman threw another interception to the ballhawking cornerback Casey Hayward — a player who continues to thump on the door of being labeled as the game’s best “cover corner” in the absence of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

    Unfortunately, Chargers kicker Nick Novack missed the ensuing field goal and the Bolts went on to allow Bills running back LeSean McCoy a 27-yard touchdown rush evening the score at 7-7 despite Peterman tossing two interceptions in his first four passes.


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    The Chargers set a franchise record for the most points scored in one-half of football with 37 against the Bills at the StubHub Center Sunday.

    Buffalo bewilderingly started rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, who arguably played the worst half of offensive football in NFL history. Peterman finished his debut outing getting benched after halftime after having completed just 6-of-14 passes for 66 yards with five interceptions, zero touchdowns posting a passer rating of 17.9.

    One of the five interceptions was returned for a 59-yard touchdown for linebacker Korey Toomer. That was followed by quarterback Philip Rivers and wide receiver Keenan Allen regaining some old form. The Bolts QB completed 19-of-31 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns — each to Allen, who has racked up 11 receptions for 156 yards with 10:21 left to go in the third quarter.

    Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward recorded two interceptions in the first half as he continues to make his case for consideration as the best cover corner in the game with Seahawks CB Richard Sherman down with a torn Achilles tendon.

    Safety Tre Boston added another interception to his increasingly impressive resume with L.A., while CB Trevor Williams notched an INT of his own to go along with Toomer’s show-stopping highlight.


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    The Bills arguably made one of the worst coaching calls in recent NFL history, electing to sacrifice rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman at the hands of the Chargers in their 54-24 loss at the StubHub Center Sunday.

    Peterman played just the first half of the game, but it very well may be the only quarters he ever plays as a starter at the NFL level given what he put on tape. His feeble arm was only bested by his worse decision making, as Peterman completed just 6-of-14 heaves for 66 yards, zero touchdowns and five interceptions for a quarterback rating of 17.9.

    The Chargers set a franchise record for points in a half with 37 against Peterman & Co., and also became the first team since the 1973 Dolphins to record five interceptions in a half (first time in franchise history), according to the Associated Press.

    Once Buffalo finally succumbed to their egregious mistake in starting a rookie who clearly wasn’t capable of the job they put their regular starting QB, Tyrod Taylor, into the game. And coincidentally, the Bills were able to move the ball with some efficacy.

    However, by that time, Buffalo was down by 25-plus points and any statistics Taylor put up must be measured with a grain of salt.

    Make no mistake, after dropping a fifty-burger on the Bills, L.A. has announced itself as a contender within its division. They also possess the most established and effective quarterback in the AFC West at this stage of the season, in QB Philip Rivers.


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    Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman played what may have been the worst half of football in NFL history, throwing five interceptions against the Chargers at the StubHub Center Sunday.

    Peterman completed 6-of-14 passes for 66 yards and zero touchdowns with five interceptions while posting a 17.9 passer rating. His stat-line so ugly that Pregame CEO RJ Bell provided fans with a little context on Twitter by way of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

    Peterman was the first quarterback to throw five interceptions in the first half of the game since at least 1991, according to Fox Sports, with three in the first quarter alone.

    The five first-half interceptions were the most by the Chargers in a single half in team history and directly led to the offense setting its own record by scoring 37 points in a half for the first time in franchise history.

    Below fans can vote on whether they believed Peterman’s performance was the worst they’ve ever seen or not.


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    Monday, the Bills got their only good news in the last 24 hours when doctors confirmed wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin did not suffer any ligament damage in his right knee after taking a hit from Chargers safety Adrian Phillips Sunday.

    Bills coach Sean McDermott was the one to confirm the news to reporters Monday, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, which was sure to be a surprise for some with images of Benjamin being carted into the locker room fresh in mind.

    Benjamin tore his left ACL in 2015. And, at his size, will always end up taking shots that other smaller, shiftier receivers avoid.

    The hit by Los Angeles’ Phillips was completely legal. He came in from Benjamin’s right side to tackle the 250-pound receiver low for efficiency’s sake.

    Buffalo traded for Benjamin in a rare mid-season move for NFL teams, acquiring the former Florida State product from the Panthers on Halloween.


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    Defensive pressure and outstanding offensive execution were the names of the game in the Chargers’ win over the Bills Sunday, and for coach Anthony Lynn, his team passed the ultimate test in his book.

    “Really, the only one [statistic] I care about is penalties. At halftime, the only stat I Iooked at was zero penalties. Anytime we’re playing that type of game, we’re playing smart football,” Lynn said in his postgame press conference.

    As Los Angeles slowly chips away in the AFC playoff hunt, here are 3 takeaways from Sunday’s win over Coach Lynn’s former team, the Buffalo Bills.

    1. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn answered a lot of questions through his players

    After interviewing for the head coaching vacancy in Buffalo before the team decided on current coach Sean McDermott, this win had to feel good for Lynn.

    The team began to find a rhythm on offense early and used that to see Lynn’s desire to insert a stronger run-game through to the tune of 35 rushing attempts for his Los Angeles squad.

    Running back Melvin Gordon had 20 carries for 80 yards with one touchdown, while former undrafted free agent rookie running back Austin Ekeler continued to display why he made the team with his six carries for 40 yards and one touchdown for good measure.


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