The starving Buffalo Bills finally scored a victory Sunday.
They upset the Kansas City Chiefs, 16-10, in Arrowhead Stadium to end a messy three-game losing streak and avoid dropping farther out of the AFC playoff race.
Rather than get blown out yet again, the Bills' defense manhandled an opponent like it did over the first month of the season.
So the result was impressive in itself, but fans don't seem overly impressed with the Bills.
What appears to resonate more than Sunday's final score is the bitter aftertaste of the failed Nathan Peterman experiment from a week earlier. It's difficult to forget the rookie starting instead of Tyrod Taylor and throwing five first-half interceptions in that loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, one of the more winnable games over the Bills' difficult second-half schedule.
Bills coach Sean McDermott might not be able to shake off his controversial decision with one good game.
As long as the Bills are "in the hunt," there's also the haunting possibility McDermott's QB switch will be among the vital reasons they miss the postseason an 18th straight season.
Instead of fist pumps, here is a sampling of how observers can't get Peterman off their minds.
Huge win for the Bills. Would've been nice if they had been given a chance to win the game last week.
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) November 26, 2017
If the Bills miss the playoffs because of Sean McDermott benching Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman, #BillsMafia is gonna lose it.
— seveneighteen (@seveneighteen_) November 26, 2017
I can't wait for the Bills and Chargers to end up tied for the 6 seed and have The Nathan Peterman game be the thing that decides it.
— Ken L (@ThisisKenL) November 27, 2017
If it weren’t for that insane decision to bench Tyrod & start Peterman, the Bills would’ve beaten the entire AFC West.
— Erica Morris (@EricaBrittany_) November 26, 2017
Bills are going to miss out on the playoffs because of the Peterman throwaway game, but turn around and blame Tyrod anyway.
— Casey Cavanagh (@CaseycVT) November 26, 2017
We all gonna laugh if the Bills miss the playoffs by one game just because y'all wanted Peterman to start.
— Little Jerry Lawler (@almightyreptar) November 26, 2017
The Bills looked so much better this week with Tyrod Taylor back under center; much more poised and in control. McDermott should be embarrassed for that situation with Nate Peterman last week.
— A Dr. of some sort (@its2amSomewhere) November 26, 2017
Since Jim Kelly retired, three Bills QBs have winning records with the team.
One is Doug Flutie.
One is Kyle Orton.
The third is a guy some people still aren’t sure about whether or not he’s that much better than Nathan Peterman.
— E (@eschmitz7) November 27, 2017
Is that penalty against the Bills today better or worse than the call to start Peterman last week?
— Alindz99 (@Alindz99) November 27, 2017
Dont care about numbers when the bills get a W. You shouldnt either. Bills wont get to 10 wins because of Peterman...oh well
— Jamaal Jeffries (@j_mally_mav) November 26, 2017
So, McDermott started Nathan peterman as a motivational tool for this Bills team? pic.twitter.com/wBwvqHezeZ
— David Wozniak (@dwozforsports) November 26, 2017
The @buffalobills winning at arrowhead today with #Tyrod starting just makes last weeks decision to start #Peterman even more foolish. Could be 7-5 and in the drivers seat for a playoff spot. #Bills #BUFvsKC #NFL #HOTTAKE #Chiefs
— Raymond Pugh Jr. (@PacmanMuzik88) November 26, 2017
Can't wait for the Bills to barely miss the playoffs because they Peterman'd themselves
— . (@Sikorkasaurus) November 26, 2017
U might cost us the playoffs by starting peterman for a game but it was right lol
— Kyle J. Nablo (@Nabz0512) November 26, 2017
The Bills win at KC today makes last week's Peterman experiment look even more confusing than it already was, if possible.
— Andy Glantzman (@AndyGlantzman) November 26, 2017