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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2017

Marker Brandon Tate headlines Bills' list of inactives against Panthers [1:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Also included in the Bills' inactives are running back Joe Banyard, guard Vlad Ducasse, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, tight end Khari Lee, offensive tackle Conor McDermott and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, who is out with a concussion and is the team's only player sitting because of injury.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' offense horrendous in 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers [1:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tyrod Taylor was unable to get anything working in the downfield passing game as his receivers are simply not able to get open, and most alarming, the offensive line was overmatched by a stout Carolina front seven. LeSean McCoy was completely shut down.'

Marker A great defensive effort goes to waste as the Bills offense was incompetent [1:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills were beyond-belief incompetent on offense in their 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. They finished with 10 first downs and 176 yards (they had only 133 before their final drive); they had just 21 minutes of possession time, their longest play went for 15 yards, they scored a mere field goal, and even that was an adventure as Steven Hauschka’s kick caromed in off the upright.'

Marker Maiorana: Somehow, the Bills had a chance to win on final drive vs. Panthers [1:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Taylor, who struggled all day throwing the ball, completed a couple passes, and when he hit Andre Holmes on the left sideline for a first down at the Panthers 22 with just over a minute left, the unthinkable seemed possible. And then came the penalty flag, an offensive pass interference on Holmes, and the rally seemed to die right there.'

Marker Bills report card: Buffalo offense can’t run and it can’t hide in loss to Panthers [1:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When you’re considered the best running team in the NFL, and your offense is predicated on moving the ball on the ground, and you rush for 69 yards, that’s a recipe for disaster for the Bills. The Panthers were keying on McCoy because they know he’s the only real threat in Buffalo’s offense, and their big guys up front won the line of scrimmage which allowed Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly to do what they do. Take Taylor’s 55 scrambling yards out, and on designed runs, McCoy and Mike Tolbert carried 15 times for 14 yards.'

Marker Win just out of reach for Bills in Carolina [1:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, despite their struggles, the Bills were one botched pass play, on their final offensive snap, from stealing a win in front of 74,112 sun-splashed witnesses.'

Marker Pollock: Buffalo defense should sue for non-support [1:31 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And even Newton admitted, “Sean has an unbelievable defense … very stout up front … guys in the secondary that can make plays and will make plays. (McDermott) knows things that can ruffle the (offensive) line’s feathers. But, at the end of the day, it was nothing that we weren’t prepared for.”'

Marker Bills vs. Panthers: Buffalo passing offense falters in loss (9 observations) [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills’ offense was a mess against the Panthers’ talented and aggressive defense. The Bills had just 176 yards of offense in the game and couldn’t sustain drives throughout the day. It was the third lowest offensive output since their Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 that helped get offensive coordinator Greg Roman fired. The Bills had issues all across the board on offense in this one.'

Marker Zay Jones reduced to tears by missed opportunity in Bills' loss to Panthers [1:29 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's very tough, especially because of the guys in this locker room who I play my heart out for and I absolutely love," Jones said while dressed in grey Bills sweats. "It's just really difficult right now."'

Marker Panthers QB Cam Newton says Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills didn't frustrate him [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I wasn't frustrated," Newton said. "It wasn't anything he did to frustrate me. These were self-inflicted frustration things. Sean McDermott has an unbelievable defense. Very stout up front. Guys in the secondary that can make plays and will make plays. Hell, you've got guys in the secondary that were with us all last year, so anytime you're with a person multiple years, six years to be exact, he knows things that can ruffle the feathers. But at the end of the day, there was nothing that we weren't prepared for."'

Marker Mike Tolbert says Bills are 'a damn good football team' after loss to Panthers [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You saw it today," Tolbert said. "We're a damn good football team. The Panthers are a damn good football team. When you look at the game that was played, it was played in defense and field position. Both defenses played great. Offensively, we just have to get going a little bit more."'

Marker Report card: Failing grades for offense in Buffalo Bills' Week 2 loss [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tyrod Taylor couldn’t get into a rhythm on Sunday. He averaged just 4.1 air yards per completed pass against the Panthers. Until the final drive, Taylor didn’t attempt many deep passes and he finished the game 17-of-25 passing for 125 yards. He had a chance to win the game at the end, but the final drive camp up short. His 55 rushing yards led the team, but he was also sacked three times for 18 yards. Overall, this was not one of his better games.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Tyrod Taylor earns high Week 2 grade from Pro Football Focus [1:25 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Despite his stat line, Pro Football Focus (PFF) had Taylor has the Bills' highest graded offensive player following the Panthers game. PFF gave Taylor an 80.1 grade. The analytics site noted that Taylor was actually pretty good when he wasn't facing pressure.'

Marker Stevie Johnson, Andre Reed encourage Buffalo Bills' Zay Jones after drop [1:24 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Johnson knows a thing or two about tough drops. The wide receiver is well-known for dropping what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010.'

Marker BillsMafia takeover: Buffalo Bills fans invade Charlotte before Carolina Panthers game [1:23 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BUFFALO BILLS FANS HERE???!'

Marker The Bills are what we thought they were [1:22 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'That combo in Sunday’s game for the Bills went exactly how the script had it written for the season overall. Against a strong defense, the offense sputtered. Against a questionable offense, the defense thrived.'

Marker 5 takeaways from the Bills loss to the Panthers [1:21 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Jordan Poyer is the man: It’s almost incredible how Poyer has played in the first two games of the season. Signed this offseason to play safety despite not holding a starter’s role prior to joining the Bills. Poyer had a sack and 11 total tackles. The safety added three passes defended as well, including on in the end zone to keep Carolina touchdown-less during the game. Possibly one of the most underestimated free agency signings in recent history by the team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 2 Report Card: Defense shines, offense struggles in 9-3 loss to Panthers [1:20 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Part of the problem was the offensive line. It also seemed the Bills could've benefited from a third capable running back. It's nice to have LeSean McCoy, one of the game's great running backs, and Mike Tolbert, a bruising fullback. But the Bills need a Mike Gillislee-type change-of-pace runner. They don't have that right now. Jonathan Williams could've filled that role.'

Marker Panthers thump Bills [1:19 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Jones appeared to run the route properly. Taylor, though, was late in firing, and also threw it too far. The rookie made an admirable attempt to stop in his tracks, jump backward toward the goal line, stretch high and try to snare it, all split-seconds apart. The ball bounced off his hands, incomplete.'

Marker Peppers, Panthers' defense stymies Bills 9-3 [12:59 AM]
AP reports: 'Cam Newton was 20 of 32 for 228 yards but was sacked six times by Sean McDermott's defense. McDermott was Panthers defensive coordinator for the previous six seasons before taking over as head coach of the Bills earlier this year.'

Marker Gano's three field goals lift Panthers over Bills [12:58 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw incomplete to rookie receiver Zay Jones, who was open at the Carolina 2 on fourth down with nine seconds left.'

Marker Side judge injured in Bills-Panthers game [12:57 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play. Coleman appeared upset with the Bills' sideline as he met with coach Sean McDermott, other officials and members of the Bills' training staff after the play.'

Marker Three & Out: Takeaways from the Panthers’ Win Over the Bills [12:56 AM]
SI reports: 'Marooned in Cleveland for four years and on the bench for three of them, Jordan Poyer is making a name for himself as the starting free safety for the Bills. Poyer had an interception and three tackles against the Jets in Week 1, and he followed that performance Sunday with seven solo tackles and the biggest pass breakup of the day. Poyer delivered a blow to 6' 5" Kelvin Benjamin’s right side as Benjamin was coming back down to earth in the end zone that jarred the ball loose. Poyer had three total passes defensed along with a Newton sack on a blitz. He signed a four-year deal worth $13 million in March and is establishing himself as the class of Buffalo’s secondary.'

Marker Panthers top the Bills in McDermott homecoming [12:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Finally the Bills got a drive going, but it was goo little too late. After several throws by Taylor got them to Carolina's 33 yard line with 14 seconds to go, Zay Jones dropped a pass at the 4 yard line to end the game. The game ended with no touchdowns being scored by either team.'

Marker Bills offense produces a stinker [12:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Do you remember when the Bills traded Sammy Watkins? Remember how we talked about the team dealing away its most explosive, dynamic player in the passing game and how much that would hurt Tyrod Taylor? Then, Anquan Boldin retired and we wondered who, among the wide receiver group, could actually make plays? On Sunday in Charlotte, the Bills passing game was as bad as you might have dreaded.'

Marker Bills-Panthers: Arrow Up/Arrow Down [12:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There just isn’t any way to divide it up. Every facet of the offense was poor.'

Marker Defense shines, Offense struggles in loss to Carolina [12:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Running back LeSean McCoy had one of his worst performances, carrying the ball 12 times for just 9 total yards. McCoy struggled against a Panther defense that found a way to keep him either behind or just a few yards past scrimmage.'

Marker Joe B: 7 observations from Bills - Panthers (9/17/17) [12:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That means — by the power of subtraction — Taylor had only 53 total passing yards through the first three quarters of the game, which is as putrid a statistic as you’ll find.'

Marker Bills offense falls flat in 9-3 loss to Panthers [12:50 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Trailing by six with two minutes to play, Tyrod Taylor led the Bills down the field on what looked like to be a potential game-winning drive, but failed to convert on 4th-and-11.'

Marker 5 Questions with Shaq Lawson [12:49 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'BKL: When you first signed your contract, what was the first thing you bought? SL: “I bought my mom a house. It’s something as a kid I always wanted to do. Make sure my family is right and when I got the check I went to go find my mom a house.”'

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