Bills vs. Chargers live score, updates, highlights from NFL Week 16 Saturday night game

The Bills had to fight hard just to be alive at this point in the season, but wins over the Chiefs and Cowboys have kept Buffalo’s playoff hopes afloat. Could another AFC East title also be in play? The Bills might need a win to hang with the Dolphins in the race for the division crown.

Fortunately for Sean McDermott’s squad, a win is what they are favored to get on Saturday night. The Chargers are down to backup quarterback Easton Stick, won’t have star receiver Keenan Allen available, and just fired coach Brandon Staley eight days ago. 

Staley’s ouster might spark some life for the Chargers, but with the way the Bills have been playing, Los Angeles is facing an uphill challenge in prime time. 

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After a lifeless performance against the Raiders in Week 15, the priority for the Chargers’ defense will be stopping James Cook. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady has made a point of building the Bills’ offense around Cook, and the second-year running back has come through with five consecutive games of at least 100 scrimmage yards.

Cook was used so often in Buffalo’s win over the Cowboys that Josh Allen threw just seven completions, but Allen made it clear he doesn’t care what his numbers are as long as the team is winning. Right now, winning seems to be coming easily for the Bills.

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Saturday night’s Week 16 game between the Bills and Chargers. Follow along with all of the key moments below.

Bills vs. Chargers score

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Bills vs. Chargers live updates, highlights from Saturday night game

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7:15 p.m. — The Chargers are playing their first game without Brandon Staley on the sideline since the end of the 2020 season. Will it matter? Interim coach Giff Smith is working with limited resources, but just a little more effort from the defense would be a step in the right direction.

6:45 p.m. — As was already announced, the Chargers will be without WR Keenan Allen tonight. Will Grier will be LA’s No. 2 QB, with Max Duggan the emergency No. 3 quarterback.

6:35 p.m. — Bills safety Micah Hyde is inactive for the second consecutive week.

Bills vs. Chargers start time

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 23
  • Start time: 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT)

Saturday night’s game between the Bills and Chargers will kick off at 8 p.m. ET from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. 

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What channel is Bills vs. Chargers on today?

  • Game: Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 23
  • TV channel (Buffalo): WGRZ (Channel 2)
  • TV channel (Los Angeles): KNBC (Channel 4)
  • Live stream: Peacock | DAZN (in Canada)

Saturday’s battle between the Bills and Chargers will be broadcast exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) will be on the call from SoFi Stadium.

Viewers in the Buffalo and Los Angeles markets will be able to watch the game on local channels, but the rest of the country can only find the game on Peacock.

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Fans in Canada can stream it on DAZN, which carries every NFL game of the season.


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