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A debut to forget: Nathan Peterman struggles in 1st start as Bills fall to Chargers 54-24

A debut to forget: Nathan Peterman struggles in 1st start as Bills fall to Chargers 54-24
Posted at 7:28 PM, Nov 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-19 19:29:57-05

Earlier this week Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced the decision to start rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman against the Los Angeles Chargers.

That meant Sunday's game was going to be Peterman's first start with the Bills, first career start in the NFL, and first time going up against a 1st string defense.

On Sunday, things didn't go as planned for the rookie.

Peterman threw five interceptions in the 1st half of play, the most by a QB in his 1st career start since 1991. Along with those five interceptions were just six completions as he was benched at the break following a 37-7 halftime deficit.

All-year starter Tyrod Taylor got the nod in the 2nd half but it wasn't enough as the Bills fell 54-24 for their 3rd straight loss and 5th loss of the season.

LeSean McCoy got the BIlls on the board in the 1st quarter to tie things up after he ran for a 27-yard score but that was their lone offensive score of the half. McCoy added another touchdown in the air in the 2nd half and finished the day with 126 all-purpose yards.

Taylor added a rushing touchdown in the 4th quarter and finished 15-of-25 for 158 yards along with 38 yards on the ground.

The Bills once again suffered a few injuries in Sunday's game, the biggest to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who was injured on the Bills first drive. He was helped off the field with a knee injury and was ruled out for the game.

After a promising 5-2 start, the Bills are now 5-5 on the year.

The Bills will be back on the road next Sunday when they play the Kansas City Chiefs.