Nathan Peterman Starting for Bills Over Tyrod Taylor is a Real Stunner

Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman throws a pass to Nick O'Leary for a touchdown during the second half Sunday

Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman throws a pass to Nick O'Leary for a touchdown during the second half Sunday

But after a 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, head coach Sean McDermott named rookie Nathan Peterman the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Bills, now the sixth seed in the AFC playoff race, are starting a rookie quarterback for the first time against quite possibly the best tandem of rush defensive ends in football this year. "Tyrod has made improvements", McDermott told reporters Wednesday.

Tyrod Taylor is now Pro Football Focus' 9th ranked quarterback with a season grade of 83.0.

It's been hard to process for many players who have staunchly defended Taylor from seemingly never ending criticism.

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Tyrod Taylor has been a major part of the team getting off to a hot start, but now Buffalo has dropped two in a row and is looking for answers. LB Preston Brown leads the Bills with 70 tackles, but he suffered through one of his worst games last week. "As a team we have to regroup and refocus", Taylor said. Peterman, of course, wouldn't confirm that, but he explained his ability to drop back, make a quick read, and throw, this way: "I was told by a coach in college who's in the National Football League now, what separates quarterbacks from college to the National Football League is anticipation", said Peterman. "Just a bad game overall". I know what Tyrod has done and I also know what Nate has done. "I want to help this team succeed", Taylor added. Do you know who said that?

"I get that, and I understand that; we are 5-4, I understand that and we're in the playoff hunt", he said.

McDermott insisted he still has faith in Taylor and that this decision is not an indictment on him as a quarterback. In the team's final two drives, Peterman went 7-for-10, 79 yards passing and a score - outperforming what Taylor had done in three and half quarters (9 of 18, 56 yards and 0 TDs). Maybe he's good enough to be a starter, but the middle of a playoff race seems like a odd time for Sean McDermott to go about trying to figure that out. His average quarterback rating of 93.5-about six points lower than Russell Wilson's career QBR-earned him a Pro Bowl nod in 2015. Nothing is promised to anyone.

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