This sure is getting old.
The Buffalo Bills (2-7) dropped their fourth straight game, a 41-9 decision at New Era Field to the first-place Chicago Bears (5-3). Once again, the offense was anemic, as Nathan Peterman tossed three more interceptions...although he did score on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, snapping Buffalo’s embarrassing 11-quarter, 38-possession touchdown-less streak.
What can Bills fans takeaway from the latest clunker?
In the latest edition of Billieve: A Buffalo Bills Fan podcast, co-host Anthony Marino is joined by a special guest co-host, Matt Warren, editor-in-chief of Buffalo Rumblings, to break down Buffalo’s fifth loss of 30-plus points during the Sean McDermott era in Western New York.
Marino and Warren take some time to hand out blame for the latest Bills debacle, Buffalo’s seventh time surrendering 33 or more points to an opponent in McDermott’s 25-game coaching stint in Western New York.
While Peterman did make it into the fourth quarter for the first time in his professional career, completing 31 of 49 passes, he managed to throw for only 189 yards, the fewest in league history by a quarterback with 30+ completions.
While not all of Peterman’s three interceptions were his fault, what mattered is that Da Bears capitalized on turnovers. Defensively, they returned both an interception and a fumble for touchdowns as the Bears scored four times in a span of 12:20 in the second quarter—breaking open what had been a scoreless game entering the second.
Among the other topics covered: McDermott’s decision to kick a field goal on Buffalo’s first possession of the second half. Trailing 28-0, Stephen Hauschka’s 41-yard field goal turned a four-score game into...a four-score game. Simply stunning.
Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, signed three days before the game, played 82 percent of Buffalo’s snaps, finishing with two catches for 17 yards, and adding one rush for negative-one yards. What does it say about the off-season plan of McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane that seemingly didn’t include providing any offensive weapons?
Speaking of weapons, the struggles of LeSean McCoy (10 carries for 10 yards) continued, as Buffalo’s Pro Bowl running back has carried 24 times for 24 yards over the last three weeks.
The podcast wasn’t all negative, as DE Shaq Lawson, filling in for Trent Murphy, made several big plays on the line.
Check out our latest Billieve: a Buffalo Bills Fan Podcast for the answers to these questions and more!
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