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Should the Buffalo Bills bench starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman?

Should the Bills make a change?

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills offense has struggles this season against good defenses. Is that a result of lack of playmakers, bad play calling, injuries, or poor play from Tyrod Taylor. The obvious answer is all four, but the easiest change the Bills could make at this point would be to bench the starting quarterback. Let’s examine pros and cons.

Bench Tyrod

Tyrod had one of his worst games as a pro on Sunday, passing 37 times, the seventh-most of his career, for a paltry 166 yards. At 4.49 yards per attempt, it’s his lowest output in that category in any game he’s ever played with more than four pass attempts. Against the Carolina Panthers earlier in the season, he threw for five yards per attempt in what is now the fourth-worst yards per attempt of his career. Clearly not a good look.

Also working against Tyrod on Sunday, he was sacked six times, losing 27 yards. It was the second-most sacks he’s ever taken in a game. and bumps his adjusted YPA all the way down to 3.81 yards per attempt.

Over and over, the Bills offense sputtered on Sunday and against the Carolina Panthers while the defense shut down the passing game and stacked the box in the running game. LeSean McCoy is averaging 3.1 yards per carry, partly due to the defensive fronts he’s facing because the Buffalo passing attack isn’t commanding any respect down the field.

If Buffalo makes the change now, Nathan Peterman has two weeks to get ready for his first NFL start.

Keep Tyrod in the lineup

Tyrod Taylor keeps the Bills in the playoff race. It’s as simple as that. He is efficient enough to keep Buffalo moving forward. Right now they top the AFC East and have the potential to continue doing that.

Even on Sunday, Tyrod made good plays where he found Nick O’Leary and Brandon Tate`. And isn’t that saying something? The Bills are counting on Nick O’Leary and Brandon Tate five weeks into the season. Charles Clay left the game early and was Tyrod’s most efficient target. Jordan Matthews, number two on that list, is out for a month. The Bills offense is using role players as their primary playmakers, outside of LeSean McCoy. Even McCoy saw a lot of time split out wide on Sunday as the Bills tried to address the lack of playmakers.

Could Nathan Peterman do that much better with Vlad Ducasse and Dion Dawkins in front of him, O’Leary at tight end, and Andre Holmes, Brandon Tate, and rookie Zay Jones as the primary receivers? Probably not.

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