McDermott Post Game Presser: The post game press conference by Sean McDermott was the most anticipated post game presser I can remember. He took responsibility for the game but they have to push threw things like this. They will go back to work when they land. It wasn't what they hoped for but when you put a young player out there that can happen. He is a tough player who can come back for this but he would not announce who will play quarterback next week, he said he will evaluate things. At halftime he evaluated it and decided to go with Tyrod Taylor in the second half. They can get better in all areas and will go back to evaluate all areas of the football team. Every decision he makes his for the best interest of the football team and he's not second guessing his call to go to Nathan Peterman who is a mentality tough individual who will learn from this experience. He needs to know everyone will support him and they will stick together as a team. Tyrod came out and embraced it and did a good job moving the football. He admits the team is going through a downturn which is a huge understatement. They need to manage it and stay mentally tough and make the corrections. The injuries to Kelvin Benjamin and Micah Hyde are still under evaluation at this time. He will keep to himself the evaluation process in deciding who will play quarterback next week. On the atrocious play of the defense, he said he has to go back and watch the film and evaluate every down but said field position was an issue. He felt like this was the right situation for Nate to come and play and he doesn't regret the decision but regrets the result and doesn't think he overestimated his readiness for the big stage but he admitted the game got away from them.
Gameday Grades: The offense turned the ball over six times and gave up two touchdowns of their own which didn't help out an atrocious defense as the Bills got annihilated once again. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: Nathan Peterman made his first NFL start and threw five first half interceptions, two more than Tyrod Taylor threw all season. The first one was returned for a score as the Chargers built a 10-7 first quarter lead. It would have been worse except for a couple of good plays by the Bills defense and LeSean McCoy had runs of 37 and 27 yards to give the Bills their only 1st quarter touchdown of the season. After that thanks to the giveaways by Peterman, and the atrocious play by the Bills defense that left the middle of the field wide open for Chargers receivers, Los Angeles annihilated the Bills 54-24. The Bills have now been blown out three weeks in a row as this 17 year playoff drought has hopefully, finally hit rock bottom. Bills Blitz.
Benjamin, Hyde Suffer Knee Injuries: The game got off to a terrible start when Kelvin Benjamin injured his knee on his first catch. He was carted off to the locker room and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. The game got worse and so did the injury news as Micah Hyde suffered a knee injury in the second half. He did not return but was seen riding the bike on the sidelines so hopefully his injury is not serious. LeSean McCoy limped off in the third quarter and Deonte Thompson suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter as well. McCoy came back in the game but Thompson did not come back. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: Jordan Matthews, Jerry Hughes, and Charles Clay were listed as questionable for today's game but Clay and Hughes did play. Matthews sat out. John Miller, Mike Tolbert, and Cordy Glenn were all ruled out on Friday. The healthy scratches are: Conor McDermott, Logan Thomas, and Shareece Wright. Surprised Thomas is inactive over Khari Lee and Wright is inactive over recently signed Lafayette Pitts.
Gameday Weather: It will be perfect Southern California weather for today's game against the Chargers. Temperatures during the game will be in the mid 70s and the game will be played under partly sunny skies with little wind out of the southwest at 5mph.
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Friday November 17, 2017
Glenn, Tolbert, Miller Out: After not practicing all week the Bills have officially ruled out Mike Tolbert and Cordy Glenn from Sunday's game in Los Angeles. For Glenn it will be the second straight and fifth game this season that he has missed with his ongoing foot and ankle issues. Tolbert is out with a hamstring injury which means recently signed Travaris Cadet gets his chance at the backup running back spot. John Miller has also been ruled out after leaving practice early on Thursday with an ankle injury. He in all probability would have been inactive anyway. Jerry Hughes, Jordan Matthews, and Charles Clay are listed as questionable but all are expected to play despite being limited in practice this week. All other banged up players including Stephen Hauschka practiced today and have been removed from the final report. Injury Page.
Hauschka Should Go: Sean McDermott addressed the media about the injury situation before practice today and said Stephen Hauschka should kick on Sunday despite missing practice yesterday. Zay Jones should be good to go and will be full go in practice today. Jerry Hughes will be limited again today but they like where he is headed after yesterday's practice. Jordan Matthews, Charles Clay, and E.J. Gaines are also headed in the right direction and Gaines will get his work bumped up today. Cordy Glenn and Mike Tolbert will miss practice again today but no decision has been made yet on if they will be ruled out on Sunday. On the quarterback change he said Nathan Peterman looks very comfortable in the scheme. He said he weighed everything before making the change including how it would look after the very poor defensive performances the past two weeks. He said they have to get better as a team and that includes the defense. He feels Peterman is extremely poised and balanced with a great support system so nerves shouldn't be too much of an issue. They are looking at how they have gotten off track rushing the passer and they need to go back to the fundamentals. He's very happy with the rookie class and how they’ve contributed and they continue to add guys that have the DNA in helping them build what they want to become. Injury Page.