Bills return QB Taylor as starter against Chiefs

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(TSX / STATS) -- The Buffalo Bills are returning quarterback Tyrod Taylor as the starter for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Sean McDermott told reporters Wednesday of his decision to start Taylor after benching him last week for rookie Nathan Peterman.

"It's the right thing for our team," McDermott said. "(Tyrod's) focused on the Chiefs, just like we all are, and he's a pro. He'll be under center this week and I expect him to prepare like he's always prepared and come out and lead this football team.

"When you go through the situation and where we are and where we're going, I feel like it's the right situation for our team. Just like a week ago, I felt like the right thing for the team was to start Nate. I feel like the right thing (now) for this team is to start Tyrod."

Peterman, a fifth-round draft pick, threw five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss -- the Bills' third straight -- to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday before being benched at halftime.

McDermott replaced Peterman with Taylor in the second half and the veteran went 15 of 25 for 158 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and rushing for another score.

"It's been an interesting seven days, but it's the National Football League," Taylor said Wednesday. "This team is still very much capable of making the playoffs."

McDermott did not commit to Taylor as the starter beyond Sunday's road game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bills (5-5) return home Dec. 3 to play the New England Patriots.

"Every position is the same," McDermott said. "We evaluate every week who we feel like has earned the right to be the starter.

"You look around the league, and there's a lot of teams in the hunt. We're in the hunt. You sit here and say, 'Hey, Thanksgiving, close to the end of November and we're in the hunt.' You sit around the table tomorrow and say, 'We're in the hunt.' There's a lot of teams that wish they were in the hunt. Well, we're in the hunt."

Updated November 22, 2017

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