Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa struggled to acknowledge his massive statline afterward Sunday 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
“I mean, it’s great … it just sucks,” Bosa said. ‘I really wanted to get that out. And it’s hard to be excited after such a difficult game. ”
Bosa did almost everything he could to win at Bills Stadium. He had a career-high three sacks with six tackles for losses, five quarterback hits, eight combined tackles, one defended pass, and one fumble.
Bosa did all that without teammates and pass-rushers Melvin Ingram and Uchenna Nwosu, who were out injured. But Bosa refused to pat himself on the back and thought about what he could have done differently.
“I have to get that ball on one of the bags,” Bosa said. “I have to do better in that situation.”
Bosa became the first player to include three sacks, five quarterback hits, five tackles for loss, a defended pass, and a fumble in the same game since tackles for loss followed in 2008.
Bosa also surpassed Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau for fifth place on the Chargers’ career list with 47.5. Ingram is fourth on that list with 49 career bags.
“He’s a crazy legend and don’t take that away from him,” Bosa said of Seau. “It’s probably one of the three best chargers of all time, if not the best.”
Bosa’s fumble was the second of three takeaways in the fourth quarter, but the Chargers only produced a field goal from it.
“I thought our defenses were big a few times,” Bosa said. “We really felt like the game was going to change after a few of those transfers and it was just tough.”
Jerry Tillery started at the defensive end with Ingram and Nwosu sidelined with injuries.
A defensive tackle, Tillery played his third game on the edge this season. He replaced Bosa in his absence from two games due to a concussion.
Tillery, the Chargers’ first round in 2019, struggled on Sunday with just one quarterback hit and two penalties.
“He just has to be smart,” Bosa said of Tillery. “He’s a monster and he could become a very, very good (defensive) target in the future.”
BULAGA MISSES THE GAME
Correct tackle Bryan Bulaga did not play on Sunday due to illness. Trey Pipkins took his place on the offensive line.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Bulaga was not feeling well during the pre-game warm-ups.
“He wasn’t feeling well,” Lynn said. “Came out (and) tried to go through pregame. Had an upset stomach. ”
Lynn when asked if it is related to COVID-19: “Not that I know.”
Bulaga missed three games earlier this season due to a back injury. He missed a training day last week due to a knee injury and non-injury related reason.
HARRIS IS COMING BACK
Chris Harris Jr. returned to his cornerback position for the first time since injuring his foot against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.
With Harris’s return, Tevaughn Campbell moved out to replace cornerback Casey Hayward, who was out with a groin injury. Campbell played cornerback for the past four games with Harris on injured reserve.
PERRYMAN GOES OUT
Linebacker Denzel Perryman left in the second quarter with a back injury and did not return to the game.
Nick Vigil replaced Perryman and had a forced fumble in the fourth quarter. The Chargers were thin in linebacker with Kyzir White on the COVID-19 reserve list.