This NFL season has been jam packed with young quarterbacks watching their stock rise and their play improve. It’s been exciting to watch Justin Herbet, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa come into the league but equally as exciting to see guys like Kyler Murray and Josh Allen really up their game.
That’s why this Chargers vs Bills matchup should be so good. Herbert is going to win Offensive Rookie of the Year without a doubt and while Allen may not be garnering MVP votes, he has had his best season to date as Buffalo finally showered him with a couple of legitimate weapons on offense.
Herbert has shown flashes of brilliance for the Chargers. He is making plays that are reminiscent of Patrick Mahomes and leading his offense on drives that make him look like he’s been in the league for a decade. He has taken Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Mahomes right down to the wire this year. He’s already a top-10 quarterback in yards and touchdowns thrown while also threatening to beat defenses with his legs, rushing for 187 yards and three scores.
Allen has put on performances that inspire many of the same feelings. He has shown that he can compete with the top guys in the league and has shown massive progress from some of the weaknesses that he struggled with in years one and two. For instance, his completion percentage this year is a career best at 68.4 percent, compared to the previous best of 58.8. He has already surpassed his season touchdown total with six games still left to play and his interception rating has fallen as well.
As we watch some of the older quarterbacks like Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer and others retire and move on, it’s starting to become apparent as to which younger QBs will act as a vital part of the QB fabric in the National Football League.
Keys to the Game:
Los Angeles Chargers, Hold on for dear life: The biggest issue with the Chargers this season has been blown leads. If it happens once, maybe there was a performance issue. If it’s happened four times or more, it’s probably on your coach. At one point this season, they had blown leads of 17, 16, 21 and 24 points. Despite Herbert doing his best to look like the top QB in the league, his defense and coaching staff haven’t done a lick to help him out. If the Chargers can even jump out to a 7 or 14 point lead, not self-destructing would be a massive help.
Buffalo Bills, Step Up the Pass D: The Bills have taken a huge step back defensively from last season when they were a Top-5 defense in the NFL and Top-3 defense in the AFC. They are facing a Chargers offense with a ton of weapons and their pass defense currently ranks 16th in the league. If they don’t set the tone early in the game, it will be the Bills hoping they can crawl back from a deficit.
The Bills are 5.5 point favorites at home and although I love Herbert, I don’t like Anthony Lynn a bit.
Chargers 24 Bills 31
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com