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Commitment to interception-prone Nathan Peterman has former Bills QB asking questions

Just how bad has Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman been this season?

So bad that his quarterback rating actually went up yes, up after a three-interception performance Sunday in a 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears.

So bad that the “improvement” still gives former Bills quarterback EJ Manuel a solid foundation to rip him and the team a new one.

Peterman’s baseline is incredibly low

The Peterman-led Bills took yet another blowout loss despite fans’ pregame optimism at the news Khalil Mack would be inactive for a second consecutive week.

As always the case for Bills faithful, that optimism quickly died.

The Bills (2-7) gave up 28 points in the second quarter, 14 of which were directly at the hands of Peterman and the offense. He went 31-for-49 with 189 passing yards, three interceptions and a rushing touchdown.

The outing brings him to a 54.3 percent completion rate (44-for-81) for 297 yards, one touchdown and seven interceptions. He’s started two games this year, failing to complete the Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and appeared in two more for the worst offense in the NFL.

Last season he had two touchdowns and six interceptions, including one in the first round of the playoffs, over five games in which he saw playing time. He threw all five of those regular-season interceptions in a 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10, the first start of his career.

EJ Manuel asks why Peterman gets ‘learning curve’

Manuel took to his Instagram story late Sunday to share some thoughts he later deleted after the third game this year in which Peterman threw at least two interceptions.

Manuel was the Bills’ No. 16 overall pick in the 2013 draft and was forced into a starting role his rookie season. He had a 6-11 record, completing 180 of 306 passes for 1,972 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Not good, yet certainly not what the Bills have to deal with now. Manuel had more games to prove himself, but never had as poor of a showing as Peterman has put up. The ex-quarterback is insinuating despite that low bar, Peterman is getting more of a shot because he’s white while Manuel had less of one because he’s black.

Nathan Peterman has a lone touchdown this season while throwing seven interceptions. (AP)
Nathan Peterman has a lone touchdown this season while throwing seven interceptions. (AP)

Studies show the media and fans tend to give more positive feedback to white quarterbacks than black quarterbacks, believing black quarterbacks aren’t as intelligent and can’t be counted on.

The Bills are also a revolving door of quarterbacks through choice and injury.

Since Ryan Fitzpatrick started all 16 games in each of 2011 and 2012, the Bills have started the following quarterbacks: Manuel, Thad Lewis, Jeff Tuel, Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, Peterman, Josh Allen and Derek Anderson.

Manuel was benched in 2014 after starting the first four games. He left after the 2016 season, signing with the Oakland Raiders, but is now unemployed after Jon Gruden let him go earlier this year.

Anderson, who signed with the Bills to start against the New England Patriots, is out with a concussion and Allen is working his way back from an elbow injury.

We’ll see what fun awaits the Bills against the similarly sad New York Jets (3-6) in the Meadowlands on Sunday.

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