Bills struggle again, fall to 0-2 with loss to Chargers

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes)

Josh Allen threw for 245 yards and his first career touchdown, along with two interceptions and provided a slight boost to the offense, but it wasn’t enough in a 31 to 20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Buffalo is now 0-2 on the year.

For the second straight game the Bills defense was picked apart by an opposing quarterback. Philip Rivers was 15-for-16 in the first half for 178 yards with three scores as the Chargers opened up a 28-6 lead at halftime.

Allen answered the bell to open the third quarter.  The rookie QB marched Buffalo 75 yards on its first series, highlighted by a 24-yard pass to Pat DiMarco and capped off with a short TD run by Chris Ivory to pull within 28-13.

While the Bills defense was able to bounce back and keep Rivers in check, the offensive struggles continued after a stellar opening drive.

The Bills would punt twice and Allen would throw his first career interception on the next three series.  He would add his second midway through the fourth quarter, which led to a Chargers field goal to make it a 31-13 ball game.

After only having seven carries in the season opening loss to the Ravens, running back LeSean McCoy finished with nine carries for 39 yards before exiting in the second half with a rib injury. He also had four catches for 29 yards.

For the Bills, the schedule only gets tougher. Allen, the offense and defense will tested with back-to-back road games to the Vikings and Packers.

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