For the Buffalo Bills offense, there was little risk and little reward in the first quarter.
In the first quarter, without having to deal with Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, little progress was made for the Bills offense. There were a few carries by LeSean McCoy, however, little yardage was gained.
The Bills starting quarterback, Nathan Peterman, had no interceptions and only 15 yards. While Mitchell Trubisky, a player that’s really come into his own, drove the ball down and spread it out among Taylor Gabriel, Trey Burton and Anthony Miller.
In the second quarter, a pass by Peterman bobbled by tight end Jason Croom resulted in a fumble recovered by the Bears Eddie Jackson and taken in for a touchdown, increased the Bears lead to 14-0.
On the Bills next drive, a pass intended for Bills receiver Terrelle Pryor was never corralled, resulting in an interception on Peterman’s record.
And on the Bills next drive, with just under 4:00 minutes to play in the first half, the Bills and Peterman threw another interception resulting in a pick six, increasing the score from 14-0 to 21-0. For Trubisky, he continues to sit back and watch the score increase as the Bears defense takes care of the Bills’ inefficiencies.
A big punt return by Tarik Cohen before the half came to a close put the Bears in good field position to kick a field goal. However, it didn’t take long for running back Jordan Howard to plunge through the Bills defense and increase the lead to 28 points.
At the end of the half, Peterman is 12/19 for only 75 yards and two interceptions, while Trubisky is 8/13 for 104 yards.
We’ll see if Buffalo maintains their belief in Peterman in the second half, as the team has a big hill to climb.
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