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ORCHARD PARK http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/marquise-brown-jersey-cheap , N.Y. (AP) — have enough talent on offense to win in the NFL.“I believe we do,” the Bills coach said.It sure didn’t look that way in a 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, in what became the latest comedy of errors produced by an offense that’s proven more capable of committing turnovers than scoring touchdowns this season.Nathan Peterman continued showing he’s nowhere close to resembling an NFL quarterback. He threw three interceptions — one returned for a touchdown — to up his career total to 13 interceptions in just 153 passing attempts, including playoffs.Backup tight end Jason Croom lost a fumble , which was returned for another score.The Bills (2-7) were held to under 10 points for the fifth time this season, and have managed just 96 in nine games.And the only bright side was Peterman’s mean-nothing 1-yard touchdown run scored with 5:41 remaining to end Buffalo’s touchdown drought at 187 minutes and 19 seconds. It was the Bills’ eighth TD of the season, and first since Peterman’s 16-yard pass to Zay Jones in the fourth quarter of a 20-13 loss at Houston three weeks ago.“It was like a domino effect today,” receiver Kelvin Benjamin said. “It just kept stacking up on us. We really couldn’t catch back up.”He was referring to a second quarter in which the Bears scored 28 points in span of 12:20, included Eddie Jackson’s 65-yard fumble return and Leonard Floyd returning a pass that tipped off of Jones’ hands 19 yards for a score.“I don’t have the exact answer for it,” Jones said. “I don’t think I see anybody that’s not trying to give it their all. That’s the most discouraging thing about the whole situation right now is that the effort is there.”Frustration is setting in on a team that has lost four straight and, off to its worst start since losing eight of its nine first games in 2010.The Bills had no choice but to start Peterman , with rookie Josh Allen missing his third straight game with a sprained right elbow and Derek Anderson sidelined by a concussion.Though Peterman’s struggles were anticipated, the Bills have no solutions in spurring a running attack that is suddenly regressing.A week after LeSean McCoy had 13 yards on 12 carries in a 25-6 loss to New England , the running back was limited to 10 yards on 10 carries against the Bears.McDermott even made the decision to sit McCoy for a majority of the second half while he tinkered with his offensive line. Rookie Wyatt Teller saw playing time at left guard, while Jeremiah Sirles eventually split time at right tackle.McDermott was vague in saying he sat McCoy because of what the Bears were doing schematically.McCoy, meantime, didn’t stick around to share his thoughts. He was spotted exiting the locker room before reporters were allowed to enter.Though Peterman will bear the brunt of the blame, not all the interceptions were his fault.Newly signed receiver Terrelle Pryor caught Peterman’s pass and lost control as he turned up field, with the ball landing in defensive back Adrian Amos‘ hands. Three snaps into Buffalo’s next possession, Peterman’s hard pass over the middle struck Jones in the hand and bounced directly to Floyd, who returned it for a touchdown.Peterman finished 31 of 49 for 189 yards and sacked four times in an outing reminiscent of his previous meltdowns. Peterman lost the starting job after faltering midway through a season-opening 47-3 loss at Baltimore. And then there were the five interceptions he threw in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers a year ago.“I think I don’t feel snake-bitten. I never feel like a victim or anything like that,” Peterman said. “It’s life. Things don’t always bounce your way.”Benjamin rallied to Peterman’s support Jaylon Ferguson Jersey , saying it’s unfair to pin the blame on him.“We know how the outside world works. They’re going to bash him and try to break his confidence. But Nate’s a good dude,” Benjamin said. “Unfortunately, bad things keep happening. And that’s football.” Mike Pereira was in his customary spot next to Troy Aikman in the Fox Sports broadcast booth for the Bears-Vikings game on the final week of the regular season, ready to chime in when needed on any close calls on the field.Instead, he got one in the booth when Aikman declared the officiating for the game to be “nauseating.”“I turned away because I didn’t know if he was going to throw up on me or not,” the former NFL officiating guru turned TV analyst said with a laugh.The weekend before, New York Jets coach Todd Bowles wasn’t laughing after his team was flagged 16 times for a team-record 172 yards in an overtime loss to the Packers.Bowles, who was fired the next week, got a parting gift from the NFL in the form of a $25,000 fine for angrily blasting the officiating after the game — which featured a penalty about every five snaps.“I thought we were playing two teams,” Bowles said. “I thought we were playing the Packers — and the striped shirts.”Nothing terribly new about that. Complaining about officials is a time-honored tradition that goes back to the days coaches — and fans — saw things only as they actually happened, without the benefit of super slow motion replays that at times get more study than the Zapruder tapes of the Kennedy assassination.Never mind that NFL officiating crews get it right a lot more than they get it wrong — the NFL said that in 2017 officials made the correct call between 95 and 97 percent of the time. The wrong calls get magnified by incessant replays, and they get discussed long after the whistle blows a play dead.That was the case more often than the league may want to admit during the just concluded regular season, when players sometimes got just as angry as coaches about calls on the field.Consider:— The reaction by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins last month after teammate Kamu Grugier-Hill emerged from a pileup on the opening kickoff against the Cowboys with the football and the only other players in the pile were Eagles.Somehow, though, the ball went to the Cowboys after replay officials ruled there was “no clear recovery” of the football. Dallas would go on to win a crucial late-season division matchup 29-23 in overtime.“Whoever is watching that in New York should stay off the bottle,” Jenkins said.It didn’t take long for Jenkins to be fined for insinuating replay officials at league headquarters were drinking.—A season that began with Packers linebacker Clay Matthews accusing the NFL of “going soft” after getting a string of roughing-the-passer penalties — one on a sack that some coaches around the league called “textbook — ended with a string of calls that were both confusing and, at times, maddening.—The Chargers were the beneficiaries of two false start calls at Cleveland and Pittsburgh that, well, weren’t called. Bothled to touchdowns.After fourth-year down judge Hugo Cruz was fired by the league in October for a series of errors, including not calling the false start in the Cleveland game Quinnen Williams Jersey , Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said: “I think that’s the first time I’ve seen an official get fired during the season. Maybe it’s happened before and I just don’t know, but they have jobs to do. We have jobs to do. Coaches get fired during the season and players get fired during the season. That’s accountability — it happens.”Lynn was choosing his words a lot more carefully than did Bowles or Jenkins.The good news is that changes to the catch rule worked, and there weren’t any huge outcries over what a catch really is the way there were a season earlier. And despite Matthews’ early complaints, new measures to protect the quarterback seem to be working without taking away the physical part of the game that attracts so many fans.But games continue to be held up for replay reviews that are far from instant. The flow of the game is way too often interrupted so calls can be reviewed, and then reviewed some more.Replay was supposed to fix everything. But it can cause its own set of problems, too.“I think replay has created some messes,” Pereira said. “Replay, more than anything, has generated conversation about officiating.”Pereira, the first former official to be hired as a TV analyst, said he now watches games more as a fan than he did as vice president of officiating for the NFL, and understands better now fan frustration about officials. Today’s officials are the best of the best, he said, but are taught to make calls based on what is in front of them and not how they might play out in living rooms across the country.“They don’t think about whether it’s a good fan experience,” he said. “They just think about getting the call right because they’re graded on every game and on every call.”And there can be so many calls available to them. Some players — even an owner or two — joke that the rulebook would stretch from one end zone to the other. Truthfully, there are hundreds of rules that have addendums and tangents, plus various points of emphasis the league stresses each season. There have been suggestions about adding another on-field official, but perhaps condensing the rules would be wiser.The number of flags thrown in the league hasn’t changed much in recent years, with NFL officials calling around 4,000 penalties each year. But there are wide discrepancies between the league’s 17 officiating crews on how many penalties they call each game.Four of those officiating crews were headed by rookie referees this year, and they were all in the top eight for flags thrown. One crew, headed by roo
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