The Bills are plagued by injuries as they prepare for the Chiefs. They will be without top wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Cordy Glenn is likely to be sidelined, having missed several practices this week. Mike Tolbert and John Miller will also be out, to be replaced by Travaris Cadet and Vlad Ducasse. MIDESEASON INJURIES ARE A FACT OF LIFE IN THE NFL. THE STRUGGLING BILLS NEED BIG TIME HELP FROM BACKUPS IN THIS MUST WIN CONTEST. LOOKING FOR OUR GUYS TO PULL OUT A VICTORY, WE NERVOUSLY RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.
Members of the Bills spread holiday goodwill in the community on Thanksgiving. Players, coaches, and womens association members gave back by sponsoring turkey dinners and special events. Micah Hyde and his foundation served 100 meals for children at New Era Field. Tyrod Taylor, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, and Zay Jones sponsored a dinner at Hope House. Several rookies hosted a youth forum at the Delevan Grider Center. SUCH OUTREACH EXEMPLIFIES THE BILLS GREATER MISSION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THE PLAYERS SERVE AS POSITIVE ROLE MODELS FOR THOSE IN NEED. PROUD OF THEIR CONSCIENCE AND GENEROSITY, WE GATHER TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers and their families. The Editors wish you a joyful holiday and sumptuous feast. We are grateful to God for all His gifts, including professional sports. Football embodies the traditional Thanksgiving values of family, patriotism, and country. THE BILLS ARE A SOURCE OF PRIDE IN OUR LIVES AND COMMUNITY. THEY ENRICH AND ENLIVEN US. IN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WE PAUSE TO REFLECT ON ALL THEY MEAN TO US. THANKFUL FOR THE BLESSING OF SPIRITED COMPETITION,WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills continue their downward fall in the weekly Power Rankings. National commentators now rank them between 17th and 26th overall in the league. They cite the disastrous benching of Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman. ESPN deemed the experiment a train wreck. The once promising playoff hopes have faded. AFTER STARTING THE SEASON 5 – 2, THE BILLS ARE NOW .500. COACH McDERMOTT WILL LOOK BACK ON HIS QUARTERBACK SUBSTITUTION AS A COLOSSAL BLUNDER. LOOKING TO SALVAGE THE BALANCE OF THE SEASON WITH TAYLOR AS QB, WE HOPE FOR THE BEST AS 1BUFFALO.
Coach Sean McDermott explained he does not regret his decision to start Nathan Peterman. Rather he regrets the result. The magnitude of this blunder may well have cost the Bills a playoff berth. McDermott said yesterday he is still evaluating which quarterback to start against the Chiefs on Sunday. Hopefully saner heads will prevail and Taylor will get the nod. THE PETERMAN EXPERIMENT WAS SHEER FOLLY IN THE MIDST OF THE PLAYOFF HUNT. ENTERING THE GAME AT 5 – 4 THE BILLS WILDCARD HOPES WERE STILL ALIVE. AFTER BEING BLOWN OUT OF THE LAST 3 CONTESTS, THE TEAM MUST WIN VIRTUALLY EVERY REMAINING MATCHUP. THAT WILL BE FORMIDABLE, GIVEN THE PROSPECT OF PLAYING THE PATRIOTS TWICE. SHAKING OUR HEADS OVER THE COSTLY MISCALCULATION, WE STRIVE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Bills were trounced 54 – 24 by the Chargers as Nathan Peterman imploded. He threw 5 interceptions in the first half, the most in the league since 1970. On the day he was 6 of 14 for 66 yards and the interceptions. He was replaced at halftime by Tyrod Taylor, who went 15 of 25 for 158 yards and a touchdown. So ends the ill considered Peterman experiment. Coach Sean McDermott will take heat for going with an untested rookie late in November while clinging to playoff hopes. AS REGRETTABLE AS THE QUATERBACK SUBSTITUTION WAS, IT DOES NOT ACCOUNT FOR THE BILLS TOTAL BREAKDOWN. THEY HAVE BEEN OUTSCORED 135 TO 55 OVER THE LAST 3 LOSSES. LOOKING TO REGROUP AND SALVAGE WHAT REMAINS OF THE SEASON, WE EMERGE BATTERED YET LOYAL AS 1BUFFALO.
The 5 – 4 Bills meet the 3 – 6 Chargers today in a decisive AFC matchup. Nathan Peterman debuts as starter in his first regular season game. The decision to go with the fifth round rookie is a major gamble. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers cleared concussion protocol and will make his 195th start. Peterman will have a full corps of receivers, with Kelvin Benjamin joining the lineup and Zay Jones returning to action. A big day is needed from the defense, which has fallen from third overall to 22nd in just 2 weeks. THE BILLS WILDCARD CHANCES ARE UP FOR GRABS VERSUS THIS CONFERENCE RIVAL. THE PLAYOFF PROSPECTS HINGE ON BREAKING THE 2 GAME LOSING STREAK. LOOKING FOR PETERMAN TO ENGINEER A VICTORY ON THE ROAD, WE HOLD OUR BREATH AS 1BUFFALO.
Coach Sean McDermott is betting the store on rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. The Bills are in contention for a wildcard berth for the first time in 17 years. The benched Tyrod Taylor had turned in credible performances, throwing for 10 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. The mantle passes to Peterman, who had his first regular season start in the closing series of the Saints game. He had a solid college career, transferring to Pitt from Tennessee. In 26 games for the Panthers he completed 378 of 619 passes for 47 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Drafted in the fifth round (171st overall) by the Bills, he was 43 of 79 for one touchdown in preseason action. McDERMOTTS DECISION TO START PETERMAN IS A COLOSSAL GAMBLE. THE SEASON HANGS IN THE BALANCE. IF SUCCESSFUL THE COACH WILL BE HAILED FOR HIS DARING AND VISION. OTHERWISE HE WILL LIKELY JOIN THE LONG PROCESSION OF FAILED BILLS COACHES. HOLDING OUR BREATH TO SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT, WE EXPECTANTLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The fallout from the Tyrod Taylor benching is evident. The Bills are likely to part company with him following this season. They will not be obligated to pay a 6 million dollar bonus due under his restructured contract next March. His count against the salary cap will be reduced from 18 to 3 million dollars. TAYLOR UNDERWHELMED IN HIS 3 YEARS IN BUFFALO, WITH A 19 – 18 RECORD. HE CLEARLY IS NOT THE FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK THE BILLS SEEK. WITH 2 FIRST ROUND AND 2 SECOND ROUND PICKS IN 2018, THE TEAM WILL LOOK TO THE DRAFT FOR A QB. THE ROOKIE NATHAN PETERMAN HAS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE HIMSELF. APPLAUDING THESE STRATEGIC MOVES, WE STAND UNITED AS 1BUFFALO.
Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman will start in Sundays game versus the Chargers for the benched Tyrod Taylor. The announcement was made by head coach Sean McDermott. The substitution comes in the wake of the Bills second devastating loss in 2 weeks. Taylor struggled against the Saints, going 9 of 18 for 56 yards, an interception, and dismal 33.6 passer rating. Peterman replaced him in the final 2 series, completing 7 of 10 for 79 yards and a touchdown. A DISHEARTENED TAYLOR TOLD THE MEDIA HE STRONGLY DISAGREED WITH THE PERSONNEL MOVE. IT UNDERSCORES HOW DIRE THE BILLS SITUATION IS AT MIDSEASON. WITH 7 GAMES TO GO, THEY FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE FOR A WILDCARD BERTH. HOPING THE YOUNG PETERMAN PROVES TO BE THE LONG AWAITED FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK, WE CLOSE RANKS AS 1BUFFALO.