Twitter Shows No Mercy as Nathan Peterman Throws 5 INTs in NFL Debut vs Chargers

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2017

Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman throws against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman threw more interceptions in the first half of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers than Tyrod Taylor did in Buffalo's first nine contests of the season.  

Peterman tossed five in the first half, which his team ended facing a 37-7 deficit. Taylor has just three picks all year, although Bills head coach Sean McDermott elected to go with Peterman on Sunday.

Peterman's day ended in the third quarter, when Buffalo elected to turn back to Taylor.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report noted the college version of Peterman didn't turn the ball over like this:

Eric Williams of ESPN pointed out the signal-caller was already closing in on the record book in the first half:

Bryan Fischer of College Football Talk looked at things from a fantasy perspective:

Perhaps the Bills would have been better off in the postseason race sticking with their original 2017 starter:

Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype offered a conspiracy theory to explain the showing:

According to Field Yates of ESPN, Taylor wasn't the only quarterback in the league Peterman surpassed in just 30 minutes of action:

Here are the best of the rest of the Twitter reactions:

Peterman's poor performance came at an inopportune time for Buffalo, considering it entered Sunday's contest with a 5-4 record, which was good enough for the final spot in the AFC playoff race.

Other contenders, including the 5-5 Baltimore Ravens, figure to benefit the most if the Bills continue to receive such lackluster play from the quarterback spot moving forward—although there is nowhere to go but up for the rookie Peterman after his first career start.