Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills

DET
17
BUF
27
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Game Information
Location: New Era Field Orchard Park, New York

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman continued making his offseason-long case to secure the backup job in a preseason-ending 27-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

The fifth-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh finished 9 of 11 for 81 yards. Peterman played two series, which ended with Jonathan Williams scoring on a 21-yard run and Stephen Hauschka hitting a 30-yard field goal.

There was additional emphasis on Peterman's performance after starter Tyrod Taylor and veteran backup T.J Yates were sidelined by concussions sustained in a 13-9 loss at Baltimore on Saturday.

Taylor has yet to be cleared for practice, but he was healthy enough to attend the game. Though he didn't take part in warmups, Taylor was spotted on the field alongside running back LeSean McCoy about 90 minutes before kickoff.

Coach Sean McDermott declined to update Taylor's status by saying the quarterback remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. McDermott was encouraged by the progress Peterman has shown, while noting Taylor - when healthy - remains the starter.

"I was proud of the way he handled the offense tonight and the game, and the situations he was in," McDermott said. "It's important that we bring him along and do the right things."

Peterman jumped ahead of Yates in taking over the primary backup spot after Buffalo's preseason opener. He finished the preseason going 43 of 79 for 453 yards and a touchdown.

"I definitely think I have made progress, hopefully. I mean, I don't want to be wasting time out there," Peterman said. "I feel I've come a long way with some timing issues and reads and getting a feel for NFL defenses, but still think I've got more steps to do."

Buffalo (1-3) avoided going winless in the preseason, while Detroit (2-2) closed with two consecutive losses.

Lions second-year quarterback Jake Rudock went 6 of 9 for 41 yards in playing the entire first half.

Rookie Brad Kaaya went 12 of 20 for 182 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and lost fumble. Dontez Ford scored on a 6-yard catch, and bad tackling by the Bills led to Tion Green scoring on a 74-yard catch and run midway through the fourth quarter.

Detroit's injury-depleted defensive front showed holes throughout the game.

Buffalo had a 247-89 edge in yards midway through the third quarter, when Joe Banyard scored on a 1-yard run to put the Bills ahead 20-3. Jordan Johnson also scored on a 2-yard run.

Detroit's patchwork defensive line is missing Jordan Hill (bicep), Kerry Hyder (Achilles tendon) and Ziggy Ansah (ankle). Ansah remains on the physically unable to perform list.

Part of the Lions' focus was on the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey. Safety Glover Quin's family lives in Houston, as does tight end Eric Ebron's pregnant fiance. Earlier in the day, Lions owner Martha Ford donated $1 million toward relief efforts.

"It's been very stressful. It's a lot of water. A lot of uncertainty. A lot of panic," Quin told Detroit's WJBK-TV before the game. "And what the Fords did, I know the people in Houston are suffering without a doubt, but I know they very much appreciate it."

Coach Jim Caldwell credited Ford for her contribution.

"A lot of people on the team, even myself, we have relatives down in that area that have been affected by it," Caldwell said. "To see her donate the money to help and try to do what she can was outstanding."

STARTERS

Lions: Had only one listed starter on the field, outside LB Antwione Williams, who opened the game in the middle position.

Bills: LT Cordy Glenn played briefly in making his preseason debut to test his left foot, which had sidelined him for much of the preseason. RT Jordan Mills and RG John Miller also started, though both haven't yet secured starting jobs. Cornerbacks Kevon Seymour and E.J. Gaines both played in the opening quarter in continuing their competition for a starting job.

INJURIES

Lions: OL Cornelius Lucas left in the second half with an ankle injury.

Bills: OL Michael Ola did not return after hurting his left ankle in the first quarter. DL Jerel Worthy sustained a possible concussion when he banged helmets with teammate Joe Powell tackling Rudock on the final play of the first quarter.

MONEY MATT

Fresh off signing a five-year, $135 million contract extension, Matthew Stafford did all his on-field work about three hours before kickoff, when he spent time throwing passes.

QUOTABLE

Lions S Charles Washington on competing to make the roster: "Leave it all on the field, leave no doubt. That's what I walked away feeling, and that's all I can ask of myself: die empty. That's our motto in our DB room."

UP NEXT

Lions: Open regular season hosting Arizona on Sept. 10.

Bills: Open regular season hosting New York Jets on Sept. 10.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Bills
08:27 Stephen Hauschka 30 yard field goal 0 3
02:52 Jonathan Williams 21 yard TD run (Stephen Hauschka extra point is GOOD) 0 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Bills
10:22 Stephen Hauschka 45 yard field goal 0 13
01:55 Matt Prater 53 yard field goal 3 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Bills
06:36 Joe Banyard 1 yard TD run (Stephen Hauschka extra point is GOOD) 3 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Bills
09:34 Jordan Johnson 2 yard TD run (Stephen Hauschka extra point is GOOD) 3 27
07:41 Tion Green 74 yard TD pass from Brad Kaaya (Matt Prater extra point is GOOD) 10 27
03:32 Dontez Ford 6 yard TD pass from Brad Kaaya (Matt Prater extra point is GOOD) 17 27

Team Stats
  Detroit Buffalo
1st Downs 17 20
Total Yards 317 327
Passing 217 122
Passing Completions/Attempts 18-29 14-26
Yards/Pass 7.5 4.7
Rushing 100 205
Rushing Attempts 20 45
Yards/Rush 5.0 4.6
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles Lost 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 24:19 35:41

Detroit Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Brad Kaaya 12 20 182 9.1 2 1
Jake Rudock 6 9 41 4.6 0 0

Buffalo Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Nathan Peterman 9 11 81 7.4 0 0
Keith Wenning 5 15 41 2.7 0 0

Detroit Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Tion Green 8 63 7.9 0 35
Matt Asiata 11 29 2.6 0 9
Jake Rudock 1 8 8.0 0 8

Buffalo Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Joe Banyard 14 68 4.9 1 40
Jonathan Williams 10 53 5.3 1 21
Taiwan Jones 5 48 9.6 0 39
Jordan Johnson 12 35 2.9 1 13
Nathan Peterman 1 3 3.0 0 3
Keith Wenning 3 -2 -0.7 0 1

Detroit Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tion Green 4 87 21.8 1 74
Michael Rector 2 35 17.5 0 24
Dontez Ford 3 31 10.3 1 14
Noel Thomas 2 22 11.0 0 13
Robert Tonyan 2 21 10.5 0 14
Jared Abbrederis 1 16 16.0 0 16
Matt Asiata 1 5 5.0 0 5
Scott Orndoff 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jace Billingsley 2 2 1.0 0 3
Khari Lee 0 0 0.0 0

Buffalo Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Logan Thomas 3 27 9.0 0 13
Brandon Reilly 2 27 13.5 0 15
Philly Brown 3 19 6.3 0 8
Daikiel Shorts 2 19 9.5 0 14
Joe Banyard 2 17 8.5 0 11
Nick O'Leary 1 10 10.0 0 10
Nathan Peterman 1 3 3.0 0 3
Busta Anderson 0 0 0.0 0
Taiwan Jones 0 0 0.0 0
Walter Powell 0 0 0.0 0
Wes Saxton 0 0 0.0 0

Detroit Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Teez Tabor 6 0 0 0
Nick Bellore 5 3 0 0
Derrick Lott 5 2 0 0
Jamal Agnew 4 1 0 0
Rolan Milligan 4 0 0 0
Jalen Reeves-Maybin 3 1 1 0
Johnson Bademosi 3 0 0 0
Alex Barrett 3 0 0 0
Steve Longa 3 2 0 0
Thurston Armbrister 2 0 0 0
Charles Washington 2 5 0 0
Armonty Bryant 1 0 0 0
Don Carey 1 1 0 0
Alex Carter 1 1 0 0
Ego Ferguson 1 0 0 0
Tramain Jacobs 1 0 0 0
Caushaud Lyons 1 1 0 0
Giorgio Newberry 1 0 0 0
Pat O'Connor 1 0 0 0
Jeremiah Valoaga 1 0 0 0
Antwione Williams 1 0 0 0
Jared Abbrederis 0 0 0 0
Storm Norton 0 0 0 0
Travis Swanson 0 1 0 0
Robert Tonyan 0 0 0 0
Cornelius Washington 0 1 0 0

Buffalo Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Kevon Seymour 5 0 0 0
Trae Elston 4 0 0 0
Jacob Lindsey 4 0 0 0
Carl Bradford 3 0 0 0
Gerald Hodges 3 0 0 0
Matt Milano 3 0 0 0
Eddie Yarbrough 3 1 0 0
Ian Seau 2 0 2 6
Abner Logan 2 0 0 0
Greg Mabin 2 0 0 0
Marquavius Lewis 1 0 0 0
Adrian McDonald 1 0 0 0
Joe Powell 1 0 0 0
B.T. Sanders 1 0 0 0
Marcus Sayles 1 0 0 0
Jerel Worthy 1 1 0 0
Deandre Coleman 0 1 0 0
Reid Ferguson 0 0 0 0
E.J. Gaines 0 0 0 0
Brandon Reilly 0 0 0 0
Bradley Sylve 0 0 0 0
Max Valles 0 1 0 0

Detroit Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Buffalo Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Greg Mabin 1 0 0

Detroit Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jared Abbrederis 2 45 22.5 0 24
Jace Billingsley 1 24 24.0 0 24
Kenny Golladay 1 19 19.0 0 19

Buffalo Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Walter Powell 3 43 14.3 0 19

Detroit Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jared Abbrederis 2 14 7.0 0 14
Jace Billingsley 1 3 3.0 0 3

Buffalo Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Walter Powell 3 10 3.3 0 10

Detroit Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Matt Prater 1 1 100.0 53

Buffalo Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Hauschka 2 2 100.0 45

Detroit Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kasey Redfern 4 157 57

Buffalo Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colton Schmidt 4 198 59