AFC East: Chargers-Bills
For those out there wondering if the Buffalo Bills are for real, you can start believing now.
The Bills rebounded from their ugly, pre-bye loss to the Arizona Cardinals to defeat the resurgent San Diego Chargers, 23-14, in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Bills are atop the AFC East with a 5-1 record. The other division teams, meanwhile, can't exactly be described as scintillating
The Bills haven't gotten off to that hot of a start since 1995, and they haven't played a divisional opponent. They'll visit the Miami Dolphins next Sunday.
Trent Edwards needed to clear no cobwebs. In his first game since suffering a concussion, Edwards was masterful. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown without an interception. He used seven different receivers.
But the game MVP might be linebacker Kawika Mitchell, who intercepted a Philip Rivers pass in the end zone, preventing the Chargers from taking a lead in the final few minutes. Mitchell also forced a fumble to end the Chargers' final possession.
It was another balanced performance from the NFL's most-balanced club.
Bills coach Dick Jauron already has ruled out starting cornerback Terrence McGee, who suffered a knee injury in Week 4. Another cornerback, Ashton Youbouty, is listed as questionable with a sore foot.
"He is very limited in team [drills] and very limited in the look-squad stuff," Jauron said of Youboty. "So we're just trying to get him through it. Again, we'll just have to see how that thing feels at game time."
That should be troubling for Bills fans. The Chargers have the No. 8 ranked passing offense and are coming off a game in which Philip Rivers targeted the New England Patriots corners for several long gains. Rivers threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He did so without Chris Chambers, who's listed as doubtful for Sunday.
Asked if the Bills will need to get creative in how they line up in the secondary, Jauron simply replied "Absolutely."Listed as questionable on the Bills' injury report are Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Schobel (foot) and starting center Melvin Fowler (elbow). Duke Preston would start if Fowler can't go.