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First quarter analysis: Things can only go up for Nathan Peterman after 3-INT quarter

The good news for rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman is that things can only go up from his first quarter as a starter.

The Buffalo Bills won the coin toss and chose to receive to get Peterman's offense on the field against the Los Angeles Chargers. The rookie completed his first two passes, but Kelvin Benjamin, the Bills' top wide receiver, suffered a right knee injury while being tackled on the second pass and was quickly ruled out for the game.

Two plays later, Peterman's pass to Patrick DiMarco bounced straight out of the fullback's hands and was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

Peterman's second drive wasn't much better, ending again with an interception — and one that was solely on him. He threw a lame duck off his back foot and missed Brandon Tate by a considerable margin. Peterman added a third interception later in the quarter.

Peterman did make some nice throws, going 4-8 for 39 yards, but the interceptions were killer. Tyrod Taylor only had three interceptions all season before being benched.

Bills keeping it close: Despite the turnovers, the Bills trailed only 10-7 after the first quarter. LeSean McCoy did all the work on the Bills' scoring drive, gaining 37 yards on the first play after a missed field goal and scoring from 27 yards out on the next. He ran for 73 yards on 7 carries.

Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin out for game with knee injury (video)

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