Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo Bills lost their preseason opener to the Minnesota Vikings 17-10, due to penalties. The Bills came into this preseason with the thought of improving strategy and making sure that they do not give teams the chance to win games by their lack of discipline. Last night against the Vikings, there were two crucial penalties that stopped a game tying drive. By the end of the game the Bills gave up around 110 yards on ten penalties.
Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott was less than please with the penalties; “Good teams do not beat themselves up. We have to improve in order to try to get where we are trying to go.”
Last season the Bills averaged around 60 yards a game in penalties and was the league’s worst at stopping defenders. However there were some bright spots for the team. The offensive line had an okay game for it to be the first game of the preseason. They did just enough to allow Nathan Peterman to shine. Peterman had a superb night. He was 13 out of 25 for 112 and a touchdown. He showed a lot of poise when the pocket was breaking down and had some balls that was thrown on the money to his receivers. It was his first game in the NFL and he did not show any nerves or rarely had any mistakes. This by far was the biggest surprise that a lot of people did not see. Peterman looked as if he has been here before and his deep throws has improved.
The Bills need to get it together as far as hurting themselves. Remember this is a new head coach and new system, so nothing happens overnight, so the Bills have a lot of work to do before the regular season starts.
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