What should have been a matchup pitting a pair of first-round quarterbacks from the last two NFL Draft classes against each other isn’t coming to fruition:
With Derek Anderson ruled out for Sunday due to a concussion, Nathan Peterman will start against the Chicago Bears.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 4, 2018
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Bills will start Nathan Peterman at quarterback against the Bears on Sunday. Peterman starts in place of Derek Anderson, who was ruled out because of a concussion he suffered against the New England Patriots last week on Monday Night Football. Anderson was starting in place of Josh Allen, the first of the Bills’ two first-round picks in 2018 who was ruled out earlier in the week. That leaves Peterman as the last man standing to lead an offense that ranks 31st in average yards per game (246.4) and 32nd in scoring average (10.9).
The Bears extensively scouted Peterman during the pre-draft process in 2017, so they should be well-positioned to stop a player who they should know well.
Peterman has struggled mightily in seven games over the last two years. Not only does Peterman have more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (3), he three of his first six appearances have finished with him throwing multiple interceptions. That should leave a Bears passing defense that has limited opponents to the 10th lowest completion percentage and seventh worst passer rating while boasting an NFC-leading 11 interceptions.
Chicago has been fortunate to play some less-than-inspiring opposing quarterbacks, but they would be unwise to look past this game because of Peterman’s poor past performance. And with Head Coach Matt Nagy trying to drive home the idea of not making the same mistake twice, overlooking Peterman and the Bills can’t happen.