CARSON, Calif. – Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 54-24 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday at StubHub Center:
So much for the Nathan Peterman experiment: Sean McDermott made a gutsy (or was it just plain crazy?) decision last Tuesday by replacing Tyrod Taylor with rookie Nathan Peterman as his starting quarterback. With the Bills 5-4 and very much in the playoff hunt, Sean McDermott tried selling it as a move he believed would make the team better.
After Peterman threw five first-half interceptions and was yanked for Taylor in the second half, McDermott's judgement is understandably drawing some serious second-guessing.
Taylor did throw for one touchdown and run for another. But those scores came after he lost a fumble that the Chargers returned for a touchdown to take a 47-10 lead in the third quarter. The TD was Taylor's 48th and put him in sixth place on the Bills' all-time touchdown passing list. He snapped a tie with Doug Flutie.
Brutal ... way ... to ... start: Three of Peterman's interceptions came in the first quarter. On the first series, he had a pick-six, although that one was not his fault. He delivered a perfect throw that bounced off the hands of fullback Patrick DiMarco. Linebacker Korey Toomer caught the deflection and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.
On the very next series, Peterman heaved a throw over the middle on third down that cornerback Casey Hayward intercepted. But the Bills' defense held and the Chargers missed a field goal.
Late in the quarter, defensive end Joey Bosa hit Peterman as he was getting ready to throw. The ball hung in the air and was picked off by safety Tre Boston. That set up another Charger touchdown.
The fourth interception, also by Hayward, set up the Chargers' third TD. The fifth, by cornerback Trevor Williams, set up a field goal to give the Chargers a 37-7 halftime lead.
At least the running game came to life(?): LeSean McCoy finished with his 13th 100-yard rushing game as a Bill. That tied him with Travis Henry and Joe Cribbs for the fifth-most in team history.
After gaining only nine yards on his first three carries, McCoy exploded for runs of 37 and 27 yards, the second going for the Bills' first touchdown with 9:02 left in the first quarter.
Hauschka makes history: Stephen Hauschka's 50-yard field goal in the third quarter, to cut the Chargers' lead to 40-10, was his 13th in a row and set an NFL record for most consecutive 50-yard field goals made.
Hauschka also tied a Bills record for most 50-yard field goals made in a season with six. His predecessor, Dan Carpenter, had the same total in 2014.
Counting the house: The announced attendance was 25,015 for the 27,000-seat facility that is serving as the Chargers' temporary home until the stadium that will house them and the Rams is completed in a few years.
Many of the seats were empty, but of the full ones, there was a solid representation of Bills fans. And after Peterman's fifth interception, some of them could be heard chanting, "We want Tyrod!"
Up next: It will be student vs. teacher next Sunday when the Bills face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are coached by Andy Reid, who gave Bills coach Sean McDermott his start in the NFL as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.