Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 10, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 05:   Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers hands off to  Ryan Mathews #24 during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 5, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Two of the more disappointing second-half teams of the NFL season will square off on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills travel across the country to take on the San Diego Chargers.

Both teams enter the game 5-7. The Bills started 3-0. They got to 5-2, but haven't won since. The Chargers had a similar start to the year. They were 4-1 through five games, but didn't win again until last Monday night in Jacksonville.


When: Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4:15 p.m. EST

Where: Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego, California

Watch: CBS


Spread: Chargers (-7), according to Bodog.

Go with the Bills here. The Chargers aren't playing well enough this year to depend on a win of eight points or more.


Over/Under: 48, according to Bodog. 

I'm expecting some points here. The defenses will be more about making a key play or two, not total domination. I like the over.


Key Injuries

Bills K Rian Lindell and TE Scott Chandler are out.

Bills CB Aaron Williams is doubtful.

Bills FS Jairus Byrd, G Chad Rinehart and SS George Wilson are probable.

Chargers S Darrell Stuckey is doubtful.

Chargers LB Donald Butler and LB Shaun Phillips are questionable.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 09:  Wide receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates his 42 yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. T
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Chargers LB Na'il Diggs, T Brandyn Dombrowski, G Tyronne Green, C Nick Hardwick, DE Corey Liuget, and G Louis Vasquez are probable. 


Fantasy Big Plays

David Nelson is a nice sleeper play. With Scott Chandler out, the Bills will need to look elsewhere over the middle.

Malcom Floyd is a great play. The Bills do have an aggressive defense that forces turnovers, but that doesn't hurt receivers at all. Buffalo is also vulnerable to the big play. That's where Floyd will do his damage.


Keys to Bills Win

They need to take chances in the secondary. That's what got them off to such a nice start this season and they seem to have gotten away from that. Given the struggles of Philip Rivers this season, there's no reason to not play bold and try to force turnovers.


Keys to Chargers Win:

Keep the ball away from the Bills defenders. The Chargers' record should be much better than it is, but Rivers just turns it over too much. They need to run it and make higher percentage passes.


Prediction: Bills 31, Chargers 27

We'll see plenty of points this week. The Bills won't do enough to get back into contention, but they will pull an upset here.