Buffalo Bills roll to 27-17 preseason win over Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions' Alex Carter, left, tackles the Bills' Joe Banyard during the second half of an NFL preseason game on Thursday in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP photo)

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.

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.