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Bills Lose By A Fingertip 9-3
Defense wilted in the heat after inspiring effort.
by Steve Saslow
Week 2
Bills  3
Panthers  9
Gameday Grades
The Skinny:
In a game where no touchdowns were scored it was exciting in the end but the Bills fell fingertips short in a 9-3 loss to the Panthers. The Bills defense had a beautiful goal line stand to force the Panthers to kick a field goal with 2:35 left. The Bills drove down the field for the best drive of the day when on 4th and 11 Tyrod Taylor had Zay Jones wide open for a game winning touchdown but the high throw went off his hands at the four yard line and that was the ballgame. The Bills defense played a great game with the offense struggling mightily throughout the game. The Bills sacked Cam Newton six times but couldn't take the ball away which was needed to help the pitiful offense.

The Turning Point:
Pass Interference On Holmes: The Bills were driving for a possible game winning touchdown when Andre Holmes caught a pass and got out of bounds at the 20. The defender complained and got a late offensive pass interference call which was a very weak call. That took the wind out of the Bills sails although if the play at the end could be made the Bills would have still won.

The Big Drive:
The final FG: The Panthers had their best offensive series after Cam Newton was shaken up and then went 73 yards in 15 plays while taking 8:34 off the clock. The Bills held after the Panthers had a first and goal at the one thanks to an E.J. Gaines pass interference in the end zone. The Panthers settled for a field goal that could have been costly if Jones holds on to the high throw from Taylor two minutes later.

Stat I Did Like:
Halftime Score: The Bills trailed 6-0 but it is amazing that it wasn't much worse after how one sided the half was.

Stat I Didn't Like:
First Half Stats: Time of possession favored Carolina 23:07 to 6:53 and they had an edge in total yards 193-39. First downs favored Carolina 12-1.

Scene Setters:
- It was a homecoming for Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane, Joe Webb, Mike Tolbert, Kaelin Clay, and Leonard Johnson.
- The Bills wore their blue jerseys and white pants.
- There were a huge amount of Bills fans around Charlotte all weekend and at the game making themselves heard.
- Brandon Tate, Jelani Jenkins, Vlad Ducasse, Conor McDermott, Khari Lee, and Joe Banyard were inactive for the game leaving Kaelin Clay and Taiwan Jones to handle return duties.

Key Matchup Results:
The winners of the battles highlighted in our preview article:
RB LeSean McCoy vs. LB Luke Kuechly: Winner: Kuechly. Shady couldn't get anything going he had zero yards on three carries in the first half.
LG John Miller vs. LB Thomas Davis: Winner: Davis. Miller got run over once and the Bills had no push in the run game.
DE Jerry Hughes vs. LT Matt Kalil: Winner: Hughes. He had two sacks and was dominant.
LB Ramon Humber vs. RBs James Stewart and Christian McCaffrey: Winner: Humber. The Bills shutdown the Panthers running game.

Keys To The Game Results:
How the keys highlighted in our preview article turned out:
1. Keep The Crowd Out Of The Game: Failure! The Bills did nothing in the first half on offense to take the Panthers crowd out of the game.
2. Contain Cam: Failure! He avoided a few sacks early and got some good gains with his feet to extend drives.
3. Win Turnover Battle: Neither! Neither team turned the ball over. The Bills needed turnovers to help the offense but didn't get any.

My Take:
We have been saying for a long time that Taylor needs to finish games to be considered a quality NFL quarterback. He had another chance today then overthrew Jones. A good throw there and it's a game winning touchdown. That hurt that they got that close to winning a game they had no business being in and lost that way.

What's Ahead:
The Bills return home for a battle with the Denver Broncos.

  • Jordan Poyer - He led the team with 11 tackles and had a sack while breaking up two passes in the end zone.
  • Jerry Hughes - He had two sacks.
  • Colton Schmidt - He had six punts for a whopping 49.5 yard average.
  • Bills Defense - They had six sacks and played great despite being on the field way too much on a hot and humid play.

  • Goats
  • LeSean McCoy - He had 12 carries for just 9 yards. Ouch.
  • Tyrod Taylor - He threw for just 125 yards and missed the wide open receiver for the win.
  • Sean McDermott - His first loss came with a mismanagement of timeouts. He wasted one on defense and didn't use them wisely in the final drive.

  • Player Of The Week
  • Jordan Poyer - His pass breakups saved eight points.

  • Positional Breakdown and Grades Gamebook
    Panthers Game Preview
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    2017 Buffalo Bills
    Record: (1-1) Division: (1-0)
    vs AFC: (1-0) vs NFC: (0-1)
    Home: (1-0) Road: (0-1)
    Place: t-2nd

    Team Rankings: Through Week 2
    Total Offense: 24th
    Passing: 27th
    Rushing: 8th
    Total Defense: 2nd
    Passing: 8th
    Rushing: 5th

    Player Of The Week
    Jordan Poyer - He saved eight points on two end zone breakups while getting a sack and leading the team in tackles.

    The Bills are now...
    401-461 all time in the regular season.
    3-11 with Tyrod Taylor at QB when down by one possession or tied entering the fourth quarter.
    113-161 since 2000.
    63-66 in home games since 2001.
    15-34 in road games since 2011.
    16-37 in road divison games since 2000.
    7-14 in their last 21 road divison games.
    38-86 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
    36-63 against the AFC East since 2001.
    19-36 against the AFC East since 2008.
    20-15 in OT.
    9-19-1 when allowing a safety.
    11-13 when they have a punt return TD.
    37-13 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
    7-8 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
    5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
    1-9 when Tyrod Taylor throws more than 30 passes.
    43-33 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
    17-11 since 1990 following a bye week.
    4-16 in primetime since 2001.

    Did you know...
    The Bills Defense has limited opponents to under 255 total yards in back to back games for the first time since 2008.
    The six sacks by the Bills defense is their most since 2014.
    LeSean McCoy became the 4th active RB with 3,000 receiving yards in his career.
    Tyrod Taylor moved into 1st place on the team's all time QB rushing list ahead of Joe Ferguson.
    Tyrod Taylor is 2nd on the team's all time rushing TD list for a QB with 10.
    Jerry Hughes is the 6th fastest Bill to 30 sacks as a member of the team.
    LeSean McCoy is now over 12,000 yards from scrimmage in his career.
    Kyle Williams has 40.5 career sacks moving him into 7th place on the team's all time list, 1st among interior linemen.

     2016 Schedule/Results
    Click on the final score for Bills Daily review/analysis of the game.
    Sept. 10NY JetsW 21-12
    Sept. 17@ CarolinaL 9-3
    Sept. 24Denver1:00pm
    Oct. 1@ Atlanta1:00pm
    Oct. 8@ LA Chargers4:05pm
    Oct. 15Bye
    Oct. 22Tampa Bay1:00pm
    Oct. 29Oakland1:00pm
    Nov. 5@ NY Jets8:25pm
    Nov. 12New Orleans1:00pm
    Nov. 19@ Cincinnati1:00pm
    Nov. 26@ Kansas City1:00pm
    Dec. 3New England1:00pm
    Dec. 10Tennessee1:00pm
    Dec. 17Miami1:00pm
    Dec. 24@ New England1:00pm
    Dec. 31@ Miami1:00pm


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