The Quarterback Dilemma

The Bills face a major dilemma at quarterback.  Both Tyrod Taylor and Nathan Peterman are coming off injuries.  Third-stringer Joe Webb entered the Colts game after Peterman’s concussion and guided the team to the overtime victory.  His backup is tight end Logan Thomas who played quarterback at Virginia.  COACH McDERMOTT SAID THE SITUATION IS UNDER EVALUATION.  BY MID-WEEK THE BILLS MAY TAKE ON A FREE AGENT QUARTERBACK TO LEND FURTHER DEPTH.  THE PLAYOFFS HANG IN THE BALANCE WITH DIVISION RIVAL MIAMI COMING TO TOWN ON SUNDAY.  CONCERNED BY THE CRISIS UNDER CENTER, WE AWAIT WORD AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills kept their playoff quest alive with a 13 – 7 overtime win against the Colts.  It was a wild contest played in blizzard conditions with near white outs.  LeSean McCoy came through with a 21 yard touchdown run which cemented the victory in overtime.  On the day he carried  32 times for 156 yards.  Nathan Peterman, filling in for Tyrod Taylor, was himself injured and replaced by third-string quarterback Joe Webb, who threw a critical completion to Deonte Thompson that set up the winning run.  Coach McDermott made a controversial decision to punt on 4th and 1 in overtime.  The team fortunately held the Colts and got the ball back for the winning series.  THE 7 – 6 BILLS ARE NOW IN A 3 WAY TIE WITH THE RAVENS AND CHARGERS FOR THE SIXTH WILDCARD BERTH.  ATTENTION TURNS TO PREPARATIONS TO HOST THE DOLPHINS NEXT SUNDAY.  EXHAUSTED YET ENERGIZED BY OUR GUYS CLUTCH PERFORMANCE, WE EMERGE UNITED AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills are predicted to be 2.5 point favorites when they host the Colts today.  The quarterback decision is up in the air.  ESPN reports that Nathan Peterman will get the nod.  It would be his second NFL regular season start.  In week 11 he threw 5 first half interceptions against the Chargers before being benched.  The Colts will start Jacoby Brissett in place of Andrew Luck.  Wide receiver Donte Moncrief is sidelined with injury.  THE BILLS SHOULD PULL OUT A VICTORY AT HOME.  WILDCARD PROSPECTS HANG IN THE BALANCE.  LOOKING FOR A TOUGH FOUGHT CONTEST BEFORE THE HOMETOWN CROWD, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AS 1BUFFALO.

The decision on which quarterback to start will be made game day according to Coach McDermott.  Tyrod Taylor has seen limited action this week.  McDermott will do nothing to make his injury worse.  If he can not play, then rookie Nathan Peterman will get the nod.  THE BILLS BACKS ARE AGAINST THE WALL.  THEY NEED A VICTORY AGAINST THE COLTS TO KEEP THEIR PLAYOFF HOPES ALIVE.  REALISTICALLY THEY MUST WIN 3 OF THE NEXT 4 CONTESTS TO HAVE A SHOT AT A WILDCARD BERTH.  HOPING OUR GUYS COME THROUGH WITH CLUTCH PERFORMANCES, WE KEEP THE FAITH AS 1BUFFALO.

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor had limited practice yesterday.  He had been sidelined earlier in the week following his knee contusion suffered in the Patriots game.  Coach McDermott says he is day-to-day.  His condition continues to be evaluated.  WHETHER TAYLOR CAN PLAY SUNDAY AGAINST THE COLTS REMAINS UP IN THE AIR.  THE BILLS CHANCES OF PULLING OUT A VICTORY AND SUSTAINING THEIR PLAYOFF HOPES DEPEND ON HIM SUITING UP.  OTHERWISE THEIR PROSPECTS ARE BLEAK IF THE INEXPERIENCED NATHAN PETERMAN START.  HOPING THAT TYROD IS CLEARED FOR SUNDAY’S CONTEST, WE EXPECTANTLY AWAIT WORD AS 1BUFFALO.

The 6 – 6 Bills are preparing to host the 3 – 9 Colts Sunday at New Era Field.  Both teams are struggling, having each gone 1 – 4 in their last 5 games.  The Bills may be without Tyrod Taylor, who was injured against New England.  Nathan Peterman or Joe Webb may start in his place.  Ace quarterback Andrew Luck is out for Indianapolis.  Jacoby Brissett will take over for him.  Injuries plague the Colts, with cornerback Pierre Desir, center Ryan Kelly, and linebacker John Simon sidelined.  THE BILLS DESPERATELY NEED A WIN TO KEEP THEIR WILD CARD HOPES ALIVE.  THEY ARE SECOND IN THE AFC EAST BEHIND THE PATRIOTS.  THE COLTS WILL BE PLAYING FOR PRIDE, THEIR SEASON ESSENTIALLY OVER.  LOOKING FOR OUR GUYS TO PULL OUT A VICTORY IN THIS WINNABLE CONTEST, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills continue their decline in National Power Rankings.  Commentators now place them between 16th and 22nd overall in the NFL, following their loss to the Patriots.  They are not seen as playoff calibre.  They have lost 4 of the last 5 contests by an average of 25 points.  Since the trade of Marcell Dareus they have let down on run defense, allowing 156 rushing yards per game.   THE ONCE PROMISING PLAYOFF HOPES HAVE FADED.  THE BILLS ARE LIKELY TO RIDE OUT THE SEASON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK.  IF PETERMAN REPLACE TAYLOR, THE OUTLOOK IS EVEN WORSE.  ACCEPTING THE REALITY OF DIMINISHED PROSPECTS BUT STILL HOPEFUL, WE STRIVE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for one game without pay for his hit on Tre’Davious White.  The Buffalo native is appealing the league’s decision.  Gronk made the controversial hit after White intercepted a Tom Brady pass.  He has entered the concussion protocol as a precaution.  THE UNSPORTSMANLIKE PLAY COULD HAVE CAUSED WHITE SERIOUS INJURY.  GRONK SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR THIS REGRETTABLE LAPSE.  SHAKING OUR HEADS AT THE UNCHARACTERISTIC INFRACTION BY OUR NATIVE SON, WE ARE STUNNED AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills were defeated by division rival New England 23 – 3.  It was a costly loss, with injuries to both Tyrod Taylor and Tre’Davious White.  Taylor  injured his knee in the first play of the game and eventually left in the fourth quarter.  He is under evaluation by the doctors.  White took a blow to the head on a cheap shot from Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and is in the concussion protocol.  It was a long afternoon on offense, with Taylor completing just  9 of 18 for 65 yards.  The only score came on a field goal by Stephen Hauschka.  THE BILLS CONTINUE THEIR DOWNWARD SPIRAL.  THEY HAVE NOW LOST 4 OF THE LAST 5 GAMES.  WITH PLAYOFF HOPES FADING, DIFFICULT DECISIONS WILL BE MADE CONCERNING WHICH QUARTERBACK TO START NEXT WEEK.  THIS MAY WELL BE THE END OF THE TYROD TAYLOR ERA.  REELING FROM ADVERSITY AND SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS,  WE MUST REGROUP AS 1BUFFALO.

The Patriots are 8.5 point favorites over the Bills.  The defending World Champions are in town for a key division matchup.  At age 40 Tom Brady is at the height of his game.  Fans can find consolation that the Bills are 4 – 1 at home.  They may pull off an upset.  IT WILL BE AN UPHILL BATTLE IN THE REGULAR SEASON HOMESTRETCH.  NEW ENGLAND IS ARGUABLY THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE AND A LONG-TIME NEMESIS.  LOOKING FOR SPIRITED ACTION AGAINST ALL ODDS, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AS 1BUFFALO.


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