Buffalo Bills drop a winnable game in Houston in painful fashion

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The Buffalo Bills played great on defense, but Nathan Peterman imploded late as the Houston Texans stole a victory at home.

The Buffalo Bills committed too many penalties. Takeaways weren’t made on defense and the offense struggled all game.

But the main story from this one will be the implosion of Nathan Peterman.

Peterman came into the game for an injured Josh Allen and proceeded to throw a touchdown strike to Zay Jones to put the Bills up 13-10 at the start of the fourth quarter.

That was the score until the Houston Texans tied it at 13-13 with just under two minutes to play. Allen remained on the sideline with his elbow wrapped and it was time for Peterman to redeem himself.

Instead he threw a pick-six and the Texans went up 20-13.

The Bills still had a chance to tie the game after losing the lead in a matter of 10 seconds. Alas, Peterman threw yet another interception to cement himself as a candidate to be cut as soon as Derek Anderson learns a little more of the playbook.

It’s not like Allen was lighting it up when he was in the game. He didn’t throw a touchdown and was held to 84 yards in yet another brutal statistical game for the rookie. His biggest play was a throw to Kelvin Benjamin, which has been a rare connection, but it was the same play that knocked Allen out of the game.

The running game was working, as LeSean McCoy had 73 yards on 16 carries. Allen also added 20 yards on four rushes.

The first blunder in this game was a fumble on a punt return by Ray-Ray McCloud. But honestly, that may be forgotten with the way this game ended.

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The defense played a great game and forced Deshaun Watson to throw two interceptions. He was also sacked seven times and was held to just 177 yards through the air. Considering seven of the Texans’ 20 points came on a pick-six, it was a fantastic day for the Bills defense.

Maybe Sean McDermott will watch that tape as well.

Back to Peterman, I can’t even say I’m at a loss for words. He has continually proven to be careless with the ball and a touchdown pass to Zay Jones wasn’t going to magically change that. He is who he is.

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Let’s hope Brandon Beane finally comes to his senses and doesn’t keep Peterman on the roster much longer. If the starter goes down, he cannot be relied upon to come into the game. Today’s latest meltdown should be the last time Bills fans see him on the field.