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Buffalo Bills end first half with zero first downs

The Bills had their worst first half since... who knows?

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 didn’t just have zero points at the end of the first half. They had zero first downs. According to Mike Rodak of ESPN, that’s the first time since at least 2001 that Buffalo didn’t even have one first down in the opening half of a game.

The Bills head into the locker room with just 25 total yards. Pair that with seven penalties for 71 (SEVENTY-ONE!) yards, and you’ll see the Bills offense is sputtering.

Quarterback Nathan Peterman has 17 yards passing but has also been sacked three times. He threw a second quarter interception, as well, when the ball floated over his receiver in the middle of the field.

On the ground, LeSean McCoy has three yards on four carries and Marcus Murphy has two carries for 16 yards. (Many of those yards came on third and long.)

Earlier today, we said Brian Daboll needed to hit the ground running as the Bills’ new offensive coordinator. He has hit the ground, for sure, but face planted instead.