Bills Get Failing Grades All Around in Loss to Bears
The Buffalo Bills turned in another dismal performance Sunday at New Era Field leaving fans wishing for a quick end to the season. I saw more entertaining football from the high school teams that played at the stadium over the weekend.
The Bills gift wrapped a 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears with turnovers, ineffective offense and bad special teams play. The Bills were still in it trailing only 7-0 in the 2nd quarter when Jason Croom fumbled after a short reception and the Bears returned the fumble 65 yards for a touchdown.
That was the first of three turnovers in that second quarter that put the game out of reach. Peterman was intercepted twice, one of them returned 19 yards for a touchdown and the Bills allowed a 38 yard punt return to set up another touchdown. It was 28-0 at the half and the game was over.
The Bills inability to run the ball continues to hurt them. They managed only 97 yards against the Bears defense and lost running back Chris Ivory to a shoulder injury late in the game. But final statistics are really deceiving. The Bills defense allowed only 190 total yards and only 11 first downs, but the Bears won this one with defense. And the Bills helped them along the way with 163 yards in penalties.
The stats for Peterman again pretty ugly; 31 completions on 47 attempts for 189 yards, 3 interceptions and 4 sacks.
Coach Sean McDermott says he understands the fans' frustration, "I want it as bad, if not more than they do and they deserve better. Particularly at home when we turn the ball over and they go up 28-0. I understand that."
Receiver Terrelle Pryor signed to the roster this week caught 2 passes for 17 yards said it's a learning curve for him and the team..."and I'm going to continue preaching confidence because, what else do you got? I think if we didn't turn the ball over so many times we may have had a chance."
The Bills drop to 2-7 with seven more games to play. The Bills are on the road to play the 3-6 Jets next week.