Sean McDermott opted to give Nathan Peterman the green light over Tyrod Taylor, who, by the numbers, had been quite good, if not great, at times throughout his career in Buffalo, in the Bills' Week 11 match-up against the Los Angeles Chargers. And as you now know, McDermott’s master plan did not go as he had hoped.
By the start of the second half, Taylor had reclaimed his rightful spot as the Bills' man under center and, for what it is worth, performed well considering the circumstances under which he entered the game – with Buffalo trailing 37-7 – going 15 for 25 in the second half with 158 yards passing and a touchdown pass, but the daunting task of a 30-point comeback proved insurmountable.
Peterman went 6 for 14 with 66 yards passing and five interceptions thrown in the first half, unable to keep Buffalo’s floundering defense off the field, as they yielded 34 points for the third straight game, doing so before the first half was over. Peterman had a historically rough game, so let’s check out a couple of quick-hitting facts, stats and comparisons from the game.
- Over his last 15 games played, Taylor has five total interceptions with 420 total passing attempts. Taylor has never thrown more than five interceptions over any span of 10 games during his Buffalo tenure.
- Patriots Tom Brady has 929 pass attempts with five interceptions over his last 26 games played. Brady does, however, have six career games with four interceptions, but has never thrown five in a game.
- Peterman became the first quarterback with at least five interceptions and no more than six completions in a game since Houston Oilers’ Dan Pastorini on Oct. 23, 1977. Pastorini had five completions and five interceptions in a 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers had Pastorini's number, again intercepting him five times the following season in the AFC Championship game.
- Peterman is the first quarterback to throw at least five picks on 14 or fewer attempts since New Orleans Saints’ Archie Manning did so on 13 tries in a 62-7 loss on Sept. 16, 1973. Manning was selected second overall by the Saints in the 1971 NFL Draft, and, oddly enough, Pastorini was taken by the Oilers with the very next pick.
Now, as bad as this sounds, it doesn't necessarily mean Peterman should hang it up. Seventeen Hall of Fame quarterbacks had at least one career game with five or more interceptions thrown. Joe Namath, who, granted, was playing a far different game of football, had eight, including two against the Buffalo Bills. One of those came on Sept. 29, 1968, representing the Bills’ only win of the season, coming against the would-be Super Bowl champion New York Jets.