ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Josh Allen couldn’t entirely overlook how sloppy the Bills' offense played, having difficulty closing out a 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Buffalo’s defense cleaned up whatever mess they created.
“Yeah, we can be better, especially in the fourth quarter,” Allen said. “But I don’t want to make a mountain of a molehill. Obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do, but 8-3 is pretty good.”
Though they never trailed, the Bills overcame turning over the ball on three straight fourth-quarter possessions to maintain their one-game edge over Miami atop the AFC East standings. Allen threw an interception and muffed a snap, while running back Devin Singletary also fumbled in that stretch.
Linebacker A.J. Klein had 14 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks, and Tre’Davious White’s fourth-quarter interception with 5:17 left essentially sealed the victory. The turnover led to Tyler Bass' 43-yard field goal to regain Buffalo a two-score edge.
“All we can do is go out there and try to get some takeaways, that’s it,” safety Micah Hyde said. “The fourth quarter, we came up with a big pick by Tre’Davious, huge play, and also a fourth-down stop.”
The defense’s performance wasn’t perfect. It allowed Justin Herbert’s 55-yard completion to Tyron Johnson in the final minute. Buffalo, however, limited the Chargers to Michael Badgley hitting a 27-yard field goal on their five final possessions.
Allen threw for a touchdown and ran for another score, and receiver Cole Beasley completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to rookie Gabriel Davis.