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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Can Nathan Peterman answer the Bills' quarterback questions?

It has been 47 years since a Bills rookie had a 300-yard passing day. Dennis Shaw accomplished the feat in his first game as a starter, completing 12 of 21 passes for 317 yards to outduel Joe Namath in a 34-31 win over the Jets in 1970. Even Hall of Famer Jim Kelly didn't hit the 300-yard mark until his ninth game with the Bills, and he was hardly a rookie after lighting up the USFL for two seasons.

"Keep that in mind when fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman takes the field Sunday against the Chargers for his first NFL start," Bucky Gleason writes. "If you're looking for instant success from the kid after he took the starting job from Tyrod Taylor, the odds are stacked against him."

History has shown rookie quarterbacks tend to struggle in their first career road start, according to Mark Gaughan's analysis. Over the past decade, teams have gone 12-33 in a rookie's away-game debut and only 11 quarterbacks have passed for at least 225 yards in those games.

Peterman will be the fifth rookie to start a game this season. Click here to take a look at how the others have done. Rookie receiver Zay Jones will look to build on the connection he established with Peterman at the Senior Bowl now that he is able to return after missing one game with a knee injury.

Scouting report: Regardless of who is playing quarterback, Buffalo's running game should get back on track out in L.A., Jay Skurski writes.

Protecting Peterman: Keeping the rookie upright is one of five things Vic Carucci believes the Bills need to do to have success on Sunday.

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A-Lynn happy in L.A.: Anthony Lynn ended last season as the Bills interim head coach but won't be seeking revenge on the Bills for not bringing him back. "I didn't think I was a front-runner there for the job," Lynn told Skurski. "I was just glad and fortunate that I got an opportunity to interview.”

Injury update: Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) and Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not practice again on Thursday. Stephen Hauschka (right hip) was also held out of practice. Charles Clay (knee) and Jerry Hughes (shin) were back on the field after missing Wednesday's session. For the Chargers, Philip Rivers is still in the concussion protocol, but Lynn expects him to play.

Listen: Vic and Jay examine the quarterback change from every angle in the latest BNblitz Podcast. Mike Ginnitti of Spotrac.com joins the Daily Drive podcast to discuss Taylor's contract and the salary cap ramifications of releasing him after the season.

Tim Graham Show: Incognito hopes Peterman finds rhythm, lauds Goodell (!)

Watch: The Bills made a cameo in Wednesday's episode of Comedy Central's "South Park."

Meet @Bills_Chick: She prefers to remain anonymous but the 34-year-old lawyer with more than 6,000 Twitter followers shares the story of how her popular online persona came to be in Lyndsey D'Arcangelo's profile.

Analytics: Statistically, Taylor is one of the best quarterbacks the Bills have ever had. Peterman's college production was remarkably similar to that of Jimmy Garoppolo, the former backup to Tom Brady who was recently traded to San Francisco.  Is it time for the Bills to move away from their run-first philosophy? The Bills and Chargers have been called for the same number of penalties this season. Related: Notable numbers from a forgettable period in Bills history — the late in 1970s.

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