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Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman hands off to Jonathan Williams during the 1st quarter of Thursday night’s game (Getty Images)

As miserable as preseason games often are, at least you can walk out of the stadium with a smile on your face if your favorite team won.  The Buffalo Bills completed the much-too-long preseason schedule Thursday night at New Era Field with a 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions – the Bills only win in the 4-game August schedule.

The most positive news coming out of Thursday night’s game was the strong play of rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman.  He led the Bills on two scoring drives to open the game, going 9 of 11 passing for 81 yards as the Bills built a 10-0 lead before leaving the game.  He completed passes of 15, 12, 11, 11 and 10 yards in the two series that he played.

Keith Wenning, who was signed to the team just Monday completed the game for the Bills going 5 of 15 for 41 yards.  Running back Joe Banyard finished with 68 yards rushing on 14 carries including one for 40 yards and a one-yard touchdown run.

Now the Bills have to decide on which players to cut to get down to the league mandated 53 players by 4 pm Saturday.  It’ll mean 36 players will be out of jobs unless they’re resigned to the practice squad.  Defensive end Ian Seau made a case for himself with a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.  Cornerback Greg Mabin intercepted a pass in the end zone to end a Detroit scoring threat.

The Bills open the regular season at home a week from Sunday against the New York Jets.

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