Last week's loss to the New York Jets was atrocious. At least it could be rationalized.
The Buffalo Bills were on the road on a Thursday night. Short week, banged up, pushed around, unpleasant but that happens sometimes.
The Bills had extra time to rest and prep for the New Orleans Saints and got pushed around even worse Sunday at New Era Field.
A couple weeks ago, the Bills were in sterling shape at 5-2. Now they're desperate for a victory against a tricky opponent and must chase the opportunity cross country.
The Los Angeles Chargers are 3-6, but they're sneaky. They've been outscored by only five points all season.
The Chargers dropped their first four games, but three of those losses were by a combined seven points. Then the Chargers won three straight, including a shutout over the Denver Broncos.
Sunday, the Chargers suffered an obnoxious defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
On the road and in overtime, the Chargers fumbled while running out the clock, surrendered a tying field goal with three seconds left in the fourth quarter, threw an interception on their first overtime drive and blocked the Jaguars' field-goal try, but the ball wobbled over the crossbar anyway.
The Chargers have lost a lot in recent years, but they've endured 23 one-score losses over the past three seasons.
The Bills, meanwhile, are 4-10 in the Pacific time zone during their playoff drought and 1-7 over the past dozen years. They did defeat the Los Angeles Rams last season.
Sunday is among the easiest games left on the Bills' schedule, undercut only by the Indianapolis Colts and maybe the Miami Dolphins.
Buffalo must figure itself out posthaste.