Bills hang on in sloppy 27-17 win over Chargers

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Micah Hyde (23) and cornerback Levi Wallace (39) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

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.