In the first quarter, AJ McCarron couldn't move the first team offense, and despite only surrendering a single touchdown, the starting Bills defense was gashed on the ground. Offensively, the Bills did not earn a first down until 10:59 in the second quarter.
After coming in early in that same quarter, Josh Allen immediately provided a spark, marching the team right down the field and completing a pretty pass to Rod Streater for a touchdown. Then, after a great punt return by Marcus Murphy, Allen successfully commanded the two-minute offense in a drive that resulted in a field goal. Allen again led the team into field goal range after halftime. Allen finished 9-of-13 for 60 yards and the aforementioned touchdown pass, and Bills fans have to be impressed with his second preseason performance.
Allen’s night aside, this half will be very important for Nathan Peterman, as AJ McCarron had a brief but subpar start to the game. Peterman has an opportunity to create some separation in the ongoing quarterback competition. His performance in last week’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers was almost flawless, but how will he perform playing with the third-string receivers and linemen? Keep it locked here as we watch and find out.