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Peterman implodes after entering in relief, Bills lose 20-13

Josh Allen was injured in the third quarter, while Nathan Peterman throws two interceptions in final two minutes

October 14, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Nathan Peterman's career with the Buffalo Bills continues to be one of football tragedy. 

The Bills fell to 2-4 on the season after the a 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Peterman entered the game for the injured Josh Allen in the third quarter, but cost the Bills late with two interceptions in the final two minutes of play, including a pick-six that gave the Texans the lead for good with 1:30 left in the game. The second-year quarterback ended the game 6-of-12 passing for 61 yards, one touchdown and those two interceptions. Allen was 10-of-17 for 84 yards before leaving the game with a right elbow injury.  

The loss buried a gem of a performance from the Bills defense. The defense wound up with seven sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and allowing only 13 points to the Texans. The Bills also held off the Texans at the Buffalo one-yard line after a 41-yard pass interference penalty. 

The Texans struck first on the scoreboard after a muffed punt by Ray-Ray McCloud, ending the drive with the short field with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to DeAndre Hopkins. While Tre'Davious White had solid coverage, Hopkins made the tough catch to give the Texans the lead. 

After the Bills failed to get the ball moving again, the Bills' punt team was pushed back on the entire left side of the formation, leading to a blocked punt for the Texans recovered at the Bills' 21-yard line. The Buffalo defense stepped up again, limiting Houston to only a field goal and minimizing the damage on the great field position.

When Houston was driving after the two-minute warning, Buffalo's defense flexed their muscles again, coming up with an interception of a Watson pass that was caused by good pressure by the defensive line. Jordan Poyer came up with the interception to end the scoring at 10-0 at the half.  

The Bills started off the second half with an interception from Lorenzo Alexander to give the Bills the ball at the Houston 30-yard line. However, the Buffalo offense could only muster a field goal to cut the lead to 10-3. The Bills got another field goal thanks to a 39-yard pass from Allen to Kelvin Benjamin to set up a 52-yard bomb from the leg of Stephen Hauschka. It may have come at a cost, as Allen left the drive with a right arm injury. Nathan Peterman checked into the game at quarterback. Peterman wound up taking advantage of a fumble recovery from Harrison Phillips with a spot on touchdown pass to Zay Jones from 16 yards out to help the Bills take their first lead of the game, 13-10. 

However, after the Texans tied the game at 13, Peterman's next drive ended in disaster with the pick-six to Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Peterman then threw the second interception in an attempt to come back after the Bills were suddenly behind. Texans safety Kareem Jackson came down with the pick of Peterman to seal the game.

Up next for the Bills is a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana to face the Colts next Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium. Catch the call on WGR with John Murphy, Mark Kelso and Sal Capaccio on the call.


First Quarter:

  • 0-0 TIE - Texans recovered fumble - Ray-Ray McCloud muffed the punt from Houston, recovered by the Texans at the Bills' 29-yard line
  • 7-0 TEXANS - Texans touchdown - Deshaun Watson tosses a 13-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins 
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yards, 2:52

Second Quarter: 

  • 7-0 TEXANS - Texans blocked punt - The entire left side of the Bills punt formation gets blasted back and Houston gets their second major play on special teams by blocking Corey Bojorquez's punt, Houston recovered and returned the ball to the Buffalo 21-yard line
  • 10-0 TEXANS - Texans field goal - Ka'imi Fairbairn's 33-yard field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:40
  • 10-0 TEXANS - Bills interception - Deshaun Watson's pass into the endzone is picked off by safety Jordan Poyer, downed for a touchback

Third Quarter: 

  • 10-0 TEXANS - Bills interception - Lorenzo Alexander tracks down a tipped pass and picks off Watson at the Houston 31-yard line
  • 10-3 TEXANS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 22-yard field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 26 yards, 4:11
  • 10-6 TEXANS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 52-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yards, 1:19 
  • 10-6 TEXANS - Bills fumble recovery - Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips recovers a fumble on a Trent Murphy sack at the Texans' 32-yard line

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 13-10 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Nathan Peterman tosses a 16-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones 
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 32 yards, 2:44
  • 13-13 TIE - Texans field goal - Ka'imi Fairbairn 27-yard's field goal attempt is good
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 84 yards, 2:18
  • 20-13 TEXANS - Texans touchdown - Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph picks off Nathan Peterman and returns it 28 yards for a touchdown
    • Drive info: 1 play, 28 yards, 0:07
  • 20-13 TEXANS - Texans interception - Nathan Peterman gets picked off by safety Kareem Jackson and returned to the Bills' 21-yard line.



Buffalo Bills:

Josh Allen: 10-of-17, 84 yards 

Nathan Peterman: 6-of-12, 61 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT 

Houston Texans:

Deshaun Watson: 15-of-25, 177 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT


Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 16 carries, 73 yards

Josh Allen: 4 carries, 20 yards 

Chris Ivory: 6 carries, 5 yards

Nathan Peterman: 1 carry, 2 yards

Houston Texans: 

Lamar Miller: 15 carries, 46 yards

Alfred Blue: 7 carries, 26 yards

Deshaun Watson: 2 carries, 2 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Kelvin Benjamin: 2 receptions, 43 yards

Zay Jones: 3 receptions, 35 yards

LeSean McCoy: 3 receptions, 21 yards

Charles Clay: 4 receptions, 20 yards

Chris Ivory: 1 reception, 4 yards

Ray-Ray McCloud III: 1 reception, 2 yards

Logan Thomas: 1 reception, 0 yards

Houston Texans:

DeAndre Hopkins: 5 receptions, 63 yards, 1 TD

Will Fuller V: 2 receptions, 33 yards

Keke Coutee: 3 receptions, 33 yards

Lamar Miller: 2 receptions, 25 yards

Alfred Blue: 2 receptions, 17 yards

Jordan Akins: 1 reception, 6 yards



Buffalo Bills:

Tremaine Edmunds: 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Matt Milano: 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss

Jordan Poyer: 5 tackles, 1 interception 

Lorenzo Alexander: 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception 

Kyle Williams: 3 tackles, 2 sacks

Jerry Hughes: 3 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Shaq Lawson: 2 tackles, 1 sack

Houston Texans:

Zach Cunningham: 12 tackles

Benardick McKinney: 11 tackles, 1 sack

Johnathan Joseph: 6 tackles, 1 interception, 1 TD

Kareem Jackson: 3 tackles, 1 interception

Total Yards:

Bills: 229
Texans: 216

Passing Yards:

Bills: 129
Texans: 142

Rushing Yards:

Bills: 100
Texans: 74

First Downs:

Bills: 12
Texans: 15


Bills: 12 for 104 yards
Texans: 6 for 50 yards

Time of Possession:

Bills: 33:00
Texans: 27:00

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