Bears at Bills: Sal's keys, notes and stats

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Report: Bills' Peterman expected to start Week 9

Counting a brief playoff appearance past year, Peterman has thrown ten interceptions in only 84 career pass attempts, which has left many to wonder how he's still on an National Football League roster, much less in this position to be starting a game. That penalty allowed the Bills to score their only touchdown of the game, which came when Nathan Peterman plunged a couple feet into the end zone for the first rushing score allowed by the Bears in 2018. The Bears (5-3) controlled their meeting with the Bills (2-7) game from start to finish, even if the final stats didn't necessarily bear that out on the surface. Chicago also matched its win total from a year ago.

As of Saturday night, it wasn't clear whether or not Bears' linebacker Khalil Mack would play in this game. Sunday in Buffalo, it will be important for members on both offense and defense to play strong again so Mack and Robinson can be fully ready for a stretch of three straight divisional games following this week's game.

Taking it away: Kyle Fuller was sensational, deflecting Nate Peterman interceptions to Leonard Floyd and Adrian Amos, before getting his own late in the third quarter.

Buffalo signed journeyman Matt Barkley on Wednesday to back up Peterman.

Peterman had some absolutely atrocious numbers at the half: Two INTs, a pick-six, 75 passing yards, no TDs, and trailing 28-0.

Last week, the Bears two biggest offseason acquisitions were held out of the game against the New York Jets with injuries and could be held out this week too.

It was Howard's second touchdown.

The Bills have been outscored 103-20 since, and 157-46 in their past six, during which Buffalo has scored just three touchdowns.

Uneven: After misfiring on his first pass attempt and fumbling on Chicago's second third down of the game, Mitch Trubisky delivered dimes on two subsequent third-and-long conversions: 22- and 26-yard strikes to Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton. But whatever circumstances led him here, the second-year QB may very well be playing for his career in this one. Parkey has missed field goals in two of the last three games, and leaving points on the field would motivate the hostile crowd. With consistent pressure and turnovers early though, the Bears defense could add to Buffalo's quarterback inept play.

Bills: TE Charles Clay hurt his hamstring in the first half and did not return.

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