Bills fall to Texans 20-13

Josh Allen injured and Nathan Peterman interceptions prove fatal

October 14, 2018 - 4:30 pm
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Houston, TX (WBEN) Call it a 'heartbreaker', 'shocking' or 'predictable', the Buffalo Bills called on Nathan Peterman and paid the price Sunday, losing to the Houston Texans 20-13. Peterman was called into duty with the Bills training 10-6 after Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury and was unable to return. Peterman did find Zay Jones for a 16 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter giving the Bills the 13-10 lead. Houston was able to drive into field goal range with under two minutes remaining and tied the score at 13.

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On the ensuing drive, Peterman tried to hit Kelvin Benjamin but was intercepted by Jonathan Joseph who returned the ball 28 yards for the game winning score. Peterman then surrendered another interception to Houston to close out the game.

The decision was much worse for Buffalo's defense who played an outstanding game, registering seven sacks and forcing three turnovers while holding quarterback Deshaun Watson to just 177 yards and one touchdown.

Bills' coach, Sean McDermott said that Allen was still being evaluated after the game. Last week Buffalo signed veteran quarterback Derek Anderson.

Peterman threw for 61 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Bills (2-4) after taking over for Allen.  Allen threw for 84 yards and ran for 20.

The Bills took their first lead of the game when Peterman found Zay Jones in the corner of the end zone on a 16-yard touchdown pass that made it 13-10 early in the fourth quarter.

Lorenzo Alexander tipped a pass by Watson at the line and intercepted it on the first drive of the second half. The Bills had a first down at the 8-yard line before their offense stalled and they kicked a 22-yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-3.

Peterman's first pass after taking over was incomplete and his second one was short of the first down, and the Bills added a 52-yard field goal to get within 10-6.

Watson was sacked on Houston's next drive and Harrison Phillips recovered his fumble at the Houston 32 near the end of the third quarter.

The Texans punted on their first possession, but rookie Ray-Ray McCloud fumbled on the return and it was recovered by Brennan Scarlett. Houston took advantage of the mistake a few plays later when Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins on a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.

Tyrell Adams gave the Texans their first blocked punt since 2014 early in the second quarter and it was recovered by Scarlett.

But Houston couldn't move the ball after that and settled for a 33-yard field goal to push the lead to 10-0.

The Texans had a chance to add to the lead just before halftime, but Watson was intercepted in the end zone by Jordan Poyer.

INJURIES

Bills LG Vladimir Ducasse left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. ... Allen looked to be in quite a bit of pain in the sideline as trainers worked on his elbow.

UP NEXT

Bills: Visit Indianapolis next Sunday.

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