The Chargers (5-4) are coming off their bye week while Sunday's opponent, the Bills (4-5), are coming off one of their best games of the season. The Bills dumped the Chiefs 14-3 Sunday in impressive fashion.
But the Chargers, it appears, look at the Bills as a team they should handle at home. Not only will the Bills have to trek across the nation to face the well-rested Chargers, but they will do so with a second-year quarterback, J.P. Losman, who has already been benched this year.
But coach Marty Schottenheimer wasn't buying any talk of traps.
"A trap game? In what context?" he said. "Looking ahead to Buffalo? Beyond Buffalo? Who do we play after Buffalo? Redskins? If that's the definition of a trap game, no."
Instead Schottenheimer is sticking with his spiel that the Chargers are two games into a nine-game season. Before the Chiefs game, that became the team's rallying cry, and it remains so today.
"Right now we're 2-0 with seven to play," Schottenheimer said, "And those seven are going to determine where we are at the end. Everyone here understands that the opportunity to be a playoff team doesn't come along every year."
Especially in San Diego. If the Chargers are able to earn a playoff berth, it would be the first time they did so in consecutive seasons since 1994-95.
To ensure such a distinction, the Chargers need to erase the Broncos' two-game lead in the AFC West. That would seem to be the Chargers' top aspiration, as counting on a wild-card berth when you are one game above .500 is a risky proposition.
Wrong, Schottenheimer said.
"Our team's No. 1 goal is to find a way to beat Buffalo," he said.
Sounds like a man trying to convince his team to avoid a trap.