Bolts Notebook: Back Below .500

The Chargers struggled through another tough outing on Sunday, failing for the third time to seize a chance to climb above .500. SDBoltReport.com's Samantha Fillerup shares notes and anecdotes from the game and gives an overview of the action.

--The Bolts-Bills series began in 1960. The Chargers still lead the series, 21-12-2, despite the nine-point loss on Sunday. The teams last met in Buffalo in 2006 where the Chargers pulled out a 24-21 victory.

--The Bills lead the AFC East with a 3-0 conference record and a 5-1 mark overall. The Chargers, despite enduring their worst start since 2005, are only one game back in the AFC West after the Denver Broncos (4-3) lost to the New England Patriots.

--The Bills' stadium lost power for much of the first half and third quarter, with only intermittent reception. The game and play clocks were out, as was communication from the offensive coordinators to the field. While both teams had delay of game penalties in the first half, the Chargers seemed more affected by the blackout.

"[The lack of a play clock] definitely affected our timing, because pressuring them was a big part of the game plan," LB Matt Wilhelm said.


QB Philip Rivers
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--The Bills entered the game with the NFL's No. 9 pass defense (184.8 yards per game) and lived up to the hype. Philip Rivers was held more than 40 yards below his season average of 248.1 yards and turned the ball over three times.

--Rivers entered the game with no lost fumbles and having gone 13 quarters without a pick. Rivers lost two fumbles Sunday and also threw the first red-zone interception of his career. The Bills converted his turnovers into 10 points.

"You get a lot of credit when the team wins, but when it goes the other way you look bad," Rivers said. "We look bad when it happens. I felt like I was playing pretty good up to that point. You don't ever want the turnovers to happen but they did. The only way I know to fix it is to work hard, make corrections and play."

--Malcom Floyd was busy again on his second start of the season with four catches for 65 yards and one touchdown. Floyd will be bumped from the starting lineup this week due to the return of Chris Chambers (ankle), but Floyd's strong play has vaulted him ahead of Buster Davis and Legedu Naanee on the depth chart.

--The Chargers' run offense has dropped all the way to No. 26 in the NFL, averaging 94.7 yards per game. RB LaDainian Tomlinson toted the rock 14 times for 41 yards, while no other running back gained more than 1 yard from scrimmage. WR Vincent Jackson added one carry for 31 yards, the longest run of his career.

--San Diego's defense, which ranked in the top-five in takeaways and sacks a season ago, was held without either on Sunday. It was the first time this season the defense failed to net a sack or a takeaway.

"From a defensive standpoint, our job is to get to the quarterback and we weren't able to get that," Marques Harris said. "( Buffalo ) had a plan for us and they executed."

--Bills' QB Trent Edwards was 25-for-30 (83 percent) for 261 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Edwards was playing for the first time since suffering a severe concussion and the Chargers had hoped to rattle him. However, he had ample time to throw as the Chargers finished with no quarterback hurries, let alone a sack.

--Darren Sproles continues to improve his punt return numbers. He had two punt returns for 16 yards against the Bills. Now with 10 punt returns on the season, he has enough to rank among the NFL leaders and is tied for fourth in the league with 13.0 yards per return. He is also among the best kickoff return men and is fourth in the league with 28.0 yards per return.

--Two-time Pro Bowler Kassim Osgood delivered his strongest performance of the season. Bills KR Leodis McKelvin averaged less than 20 yards on three kickoff returns while PR Roscoe Parrish had one return for just 5 yards. Osgood also made a heads-up play on a Bolts' punt when he leaped into the end zone to keep the ball from crossing the plane, which forced the Bills offense to play from its 1-yard line.

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