Share this article

print logo

[BN] Blitz newsletter: What to know for Friday, Sept. 1

Holy cow, it's September already. But that's good news for Bills fans: Real football is almost here.

The Bills wrapped up their preseason slate Thursday in a 27-17 win over the Lions that featured mostly reserves. Second-string quarterback Nathan Peterman was impressive in his first start of the preseason.

The win also marked coach Sean McDermott's first victorious outing and prevented the Bills from going winless in the preseason, which last happened in 2012 and 2002. The team hasn't had a winning preseason in 14 years.

"I feel like I've come a long way with timing issues and reads and getting a feel for NFL defenses," Peterman said.

Snooze fest: If you went to bed before the final whistle, you probably weren't alone. The Bills turned to quarterback Keith Wenning for the final three quarters after signing him off the street Monday. His presence "provided another reminder why preseason football, particularly the fourth game, is a waste of energy," Tim Graham wrote.

Have a take: Complaining about a boring game won't make you sound cool at work. So have a take: The NFL has too many exhibitions and should scale back the preseason. That was the crux of Jerry Sullivan's column.

In fact... Now here's an idea from Sullivan: "I'll bet they'd attract a larger, more involved crowd if they sold tickets and had Brandon Beane announce the roster cuts at midfield on Saturday."

That would be ruthless! And I'd totally pay money to see it.

Stats: Here's the box score from the Bills-Lions game.

Buffalo Bills Cameron Jefferson raises his right hand during the National Anthem prior to playing the Detroit Lions at New Era Field on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.(Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

In his own dojo: Here's another talking point from Bills-Lions: Bills lineman Cameron Jefferson was heckled by his own fans for raising a fist during the national anthem.

"At least twice, a fan behind Jefferson screamed 'We're gonna cut you, 60!' as Williamsville East senior Olivia Notaro sang in front of the color guard from JROTC Leadership Academy for Young Men," Tim Graham wrote.

"Regardless of your politics, what he heard ... was obnoxious."

Anything new on Tyrod? Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was seen wearing athletic gear on the field before the game, which was a good sign for his recovery from a concussion. GM Brandon Beane said he felt "good" about Taylor's availability for the season opener during a radio interview Thursday.

Local kid scores: Jordan Johnson, a Sweet Home High School and UB product, scored a fourth-quarter touchdown and gained 35 yards on 12 carries.

"Great to see Jordan, a hometown product, score the touchdown at the end,” McDermott said. “He broke the team down (in the huddle). That’s the great part of the preseason and you’re happy when you can see a young man, who’s worked hard make the most of it.”

Quotes: Hear what McDermott, Peterman and Johnson had to say after the game.

Injuries: Lineman Jerel Worthy is in concussion protocol. Offensive lineman Michael Ola suffered an ankle injury.

Photos: Check our "On the field" gallery, with 108 images from Bills-Lions.

How big is the Bills' home-field advantage? ESPN looked into the topic this week. Using data back to 1990, they determined the Bills have the fifth-highest home-field advantage in the NFL. Seattle was first.

Get to know Sean McDermott: If you need something to read this weekend, I recommend Tim Graham's profile of the Bills' new coach. Graham spoke to numerous people who have been around McDermott, including his parents and NFL executives.

Story topics: / /

There are no comments - be the first to comment