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Nathan Peterman is the poster child for AFC East futility

Alex Reimer
October 14, 2018 - 5:09 pm

If the AFC East had a mascot for the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, it would be Nathan Peterman. No player better symbolizes the staggering disparity in the division than the hapless Bills quarterback. Since Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe in September 2001, an astonishing 48 different quarterbacks have started games in the division. While none of them have been as bad as Peterman –– he might actually be the worst QB in league history –– he is their spirit animal.

The Bills suffered a heartbreaking 20-13 loss to the Texans Sunday when Peterman threw a pick-six to cornerback Jonathan Joseph with 1:28 remaining in regulation. The interception came after the Texans were stopped on the goal line and forced to kick a field goal. It was a victory for the Buffalo defense, which chased the overmatched Deshauhn Watson around in the pocket all afternoon along. 

But Peterman ensured any good feelings on the Bills’ sidelines were short-lived. He threw an additional interception on Buffalo’s last possession, too, presumably for good measure.

Peterman entered the game after Josh Allen had injured his ankle early in the second half. The pathetic pass-thrower actually found wideout Zay Jones in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter before erasing his fleeting goodwill.

Peterman now has nine interceptions in six career games, including his five-pick debacle against the Chargers last November.

Ironically, while Peterman was leading the Bills towards despair, Brock Osweiler engineered a game-winning drive for the Dolphins in overtime. He threw for 380 yards in place of Ryan Tannehill, who was pulled roughly 90 minutes before kick-off with a shoulder injury.

Osweiler’s late-game heroics avenged Miami running back Kenyan Drake, who fumbled at the goal line earlier in overtime. AFC East forever. 

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