The second half of the Buffalo Bills 2018 season began exactly as the first half ended. The offensive struggles showed no signs of stopping as the Chicago Bears cruised to 41-9 victory.
For a sliver of a silver lining, the Bills offense did score a touchdown, ending a streak of 187:19 without finding the endzone that included 39 different possessions.
Quarterbacks Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) were both ruled out before the game due to injury, forcing the maligned Nathan Peterman to start under center.
Peterman ended the afternoon 31-for-49 for 189 yards. While he did rush for a touchdown, he also threw three interceptions.
Peterman entered the day with three starts in his two year career. Until Sunday, he had yet to finish a game because he was benched twice and suffered a concussion in the other start.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bears took command in all phases. After Jordan Howard punched in a score form the 1-yard line, the Bears defense forced a turnover on the following Bills possession. Bears linebacker Roquan Smith punched the ball out of Bills tight end Jason Croom’s arms before Eddis Jackson scooped up the fumble and ran 65 yards for a defensive touchdown.
The Bears defense struck again in the second quarter with the Bills pinned deep in their own territory. Peterman attempted a pass to Zay Jones, only for Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd to snatch it in the air and run 19 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-0 Chicago.
The Bears scored one more time before halftime. Jordan Howard’s 18-yard touchdown with 49 seconds left in the half capped off a 28-point second quarter for the Bears that also sealed the result.
With the loss, the Bills drop to 2-7. They hit the road for a game at the New York jets next Sunday before the Bills hit the Bye Week.