Bills vs. Ravens Recap
The Bills kicked off their 2018 season with an absolute egg, losing to the Ravens 47-3 in spectacular fashion. Nathan Peterman struggled mightily to complete simple throws and was benched in the 3rd quarter. Peterman finished the day going 5-18 for 24 yards and two interceptions. It's pretty hard to fathom how an NFL quarterback could finish a game with only 24 total passing yards, but Peterman did. Although I think Peterman will continue to play throughout various points of the season, it's quite clear that he is not a legitimate option at this point. However, it's not all on Peterman either. The Bills running game only gained 83 yards on 22 attempts with 26 of those yards coming from Josh Allen scrambles.
The Bills also struggled on defense allowing Joe Flacco, to complete 25-34 passes for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns. Flacco would have easily eclipsed 350 yards if he wasn't pulled in the second half for Lamar Jackson. However, although the Bills did give up 47 points and 369 yards of total offense, at times, the defense wasn’t as bad as the score indicates. The Bills held the Ravens to 117 yards on 34 rushing attempts and that includes 39 yards from Lamar Jackson. A bright spot on the Bills defense was how well Tremaine Edmunds played. Bills fans should be really happy with his 7 tackles, sack, and forced fumble. Matt Milano also played very well.
Newly acquired Punter Corey Bojorquez had 8 punts with 3 of them being downed inside the 20, and averaged 49.6 yards per punt. Outside of his fumble, which could probably been avoided if weather wasn’t an issue, looks to be a substantial upgrade over Colton Schmidt.
It’ll be interesting to see who gets the start next week against the Chargers. A case could be made for both Peterman and Allen. Whoever starts, will need much more help from their supporting cast if the Bills intend to win the game.