Bills vs. Chargers: 34 games all-time.
Bills record: 10-22-2 (.324).
Playoffs: 2-1. The Bills won the AFL Championship 20-7 against the Chargers at home at War Memorial Stadium, on Dec. 26, 1964. Then, exactly one year later, they again won the title 23-0, despite being 6.5-point underdogs, against the Chargers on the road at Balboa Stadium in San Diego. And most recently, they had a 20-14 loss in the Divisional Round on Jan. 3, 1981, squandering a 14-3 lead at halftime.
First game: On Oct. 2, 1960, the Chargers topped the Bills 24-10. Buffalo's loss was emphasized by four turnovers, all interceptions, three by Tommy O'Connell and one via Bob Brodhead. In all, three Bills threw passes in this game. Richie Lucas, unlike O'Connell and Brodhead, had, in a way, a perfect game, going 1-for-1 with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Elbert Dubenion for the Bills' lone touchdown of the day.
Longest Bills winning streak: In their 38 games against the Bills, San Diego, now Los Angeles, has had Buffalo's number, as the Bills have never won more than two consecutive games.
Longest Bills losing streak: Seven games, from Oct. 1, 1967, to Sept. 16, 1979.
Most points for: 40 points, in a 40-20 victory on Nov. 11, 1962.
Most points against: 48 points, in a 48-10 loss on Nov. 20, 2005.
Biggest win: 29 points, in a 32-3 victory on Nov. 20, 1960.
Biggest loss: 39 points, in a 45-6 loss on Dec. 14, 1969.
All-time Bills leaders against the Chargers
Passing leaders: Jack Kemp leads with 113 pass completions and 1,499 passing yards, but that came over 10 games played. In those games, he had just two touchdown passes to 19 interceptions thrown, tallying just a 44.1 completion percentage and a 34.9 passer rating – spiking each of his attempts would have been an improvement, as it would have resulted in a 39.6 passer rating. Rob Johnson leads the way with a 62.2 completion percentage and a 78.0 passer rating among quarterbacks with at least 50 attempts, and Warren Rabb in front with five touchdown passes really emphasizes just how much the Bills have struggled against the Chargers throughout their history.
Rushing leaders: The head-to-head rushing leaders mark a gleaming improvement over the top passers, starting with their rushing leader (and hopefully one day Hall-of-Famer) Cookie Gilchrist, who picked up 437 yards on the ground. O.J. Simpson had 354 yards on 72 touches – 4.92 yards per attempt – which is tops requiring any reasonable minimum number of carries. Worth noting, though, is Wayne Crow, a punter by trade, who had 181 yards on just 14 touches, an incredible 12.93 yards per attempt. Fullback Wray Carlton had a team-best four rushing scores.
Receiving leaders: Elbert Dubenion is all over the receiving leaderboard for the Bills and had the most impressive numbers against the Chargers of really any player. He had 39 catches for 735 yards, 18.85 yards-per-reception and five touchdown receptions. Only Jerry Butler bested his average yards-per-catch, at 23.17, but with 30.8 percent as many receptions (12 total for 278 yards).
Special teams leaders: Pete Gogolak had the most total field goals made with five, but he also had four misses. Rian Lindell was 4-for-5, the most accurate among kickers with at least three attempts. Hagood Clarke has the Bills' lone punt return touchdown, doing so in a 30-3 win on Sept. 26, 1964. No Bills' return man has ever brought a kick back for six.
Defensive leaders: Not much to show for in the sack department, though Marcell Dareus, Aaron Schobel and Marcellus Wiley each had a pair. Four different Bills – Carl Charon, Henry Jones, Richie McCabe, and Mike Stratton – had three interceptions, and Butch Byrd and Archie Matsos each had pick-sixes.
Bills single-game records against the Chargers
Passing leaders: On Sept. 8, 1985, Vince Ferragamo threw a team-best 31 completions for 377 yards but also threw a pair of picks without a touchdown pass, and the Bills lost 14-9. Warren Rabb threw three touchdown passes despite just five total completions, in a 35-10 victory on Oct. 13, 1962. And how about Trent Edwards with the best single-game completion percentage and passer rating, 83.33 percent and a 114.0 rating, in a 23-14 win on Oct. 19, 2008?
Rushing leaders: Travis Henry had a brilliant performance on Dec. 15, 2002, rushing for 144 yards on 22 attempts with two rushing touchdowns, leading the Bills to a 20-13 win over the Chargers, but his 6.55 yards-per-touch were no match for what Wayne Crow did on Oct. 13, 1962, rushing for 115 yards on just six carries – 19.17 yards-per-touch.
Stats Wizard: As previously mentioned, Wayne Crow was actually the Bills' punter that season, and in that game, he added 195 punting yards. Crow is one of just four players in the last 70 years with at least 100 yards rushing and 100 punt yards in a single game. He did so twice, first on Oct. 1, 1961, in a 33-19 win over the Broncos.
Receiving leaders: The single-game receiving leaders provide an interesting medley of four different Bills. Leading in receptions is running back Greg Bell, who had 13 catches Sept. 8, 1985, in the 14-9 loss. In that same game, Jerry Butler had 35.00 yards per catch – four catches for 140 yards – and a long of just 48 yards shows that he consistently had some big catches, but no touchdowns. Eric Moulds takes home the yardage crown, with 170 receiving yards in a 27-24 victory on Oct. 15, 2000. And Hall of Famer Andre Reed is the only Bills' player with a pair of receiving touchdowns in a game against the Chargers, as he accounted for both of Buffalo's scores, in a 16-14 loss on Sept. 6, 1998.
Defense/special teams leaders: Both of Marcellus Wiley's sacks came in the 27-24 win on Oct. 15, 2000. All three of Carl Charon's interceptions came in the 35-10 victory on Oct. 13, 1962. Rian Lindell and Scott Norwood each had three field goals in a game, Lindell in the 23-14 win on Oct. 19, 2008, and Norwood in that 14-9 loss on Sept. 8, 1985.
Sunday’s game: The Bills are getting four. I like them to cover, but I think Los Angeles holds on to win. My record calling the Bills games this year: winning team (5-3), with the spread (4-3-1). Note: did not make a play in the second Jets game.
Many of the stats in this article made possible by the Pro Football Reference Play Index.