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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2017

Marker Nick Veronica's quarterly analysis: Panthers nearly repeat 2013 blunder [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense deserves praise for Sunday's effort, even coming up with a goal-line stand late in the fourth on a hot day when the Panthers held the ball for two-thirds of the game. It yielded only nine points and 255 yards, proving that the unit is no fluke after a good opening game against the lowly Jets.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Bills' defense keeping them in the game, hammering Newton, Panthers [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense continued to make life miserable for Cam Newton, sacking him three more times in the third quarter while the Panthers gained negative-5 yards of offense.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Panthers somehow only ahead 6-0 [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The story of the second quarter was the Bills' defense, which sacked Cam Newton three times while keeping the Panthers out of the end zone (including the first career sack for Eddie Yarbrough). Safety Jordan Poyer had a key pass break-up in the end zone on a ball intended for Russell Shepard that forced the Panthers' second field goal, a 28-yarder.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Bills offense going nowhere, but Panthers lead only 3-0 [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense had some lapses, especially in containing quarterback Cam Newton, but should get credit keeping the score close despite being on the field for 11 minutes and 53 seconds.'

Marker Wearing Bills colors, Beane's parents shake the Carolina blues [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got people we've been sitting with for 20 years," Bob said a couple of weeks before the game, "but we're going to have to wear our Bills gear. We're going to be tough. We're going to handle."'

Marker Bills fans ready for the Nathan Peterman era [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By the end of the half, many fans on Twitter had seen enough and began clamoring for the team to replace Taylor with rookie Nathan Peterman. The Bills chose Peterman, who played college football at Tennessee and later Pittsburgh, in the fifth round of April’s draft. He won the backup job after outplaying T.J. Yates in the preseason.'

Marker Sean Kirst: After the storm, even a Bills loss feels a lot like home at a Florida bar [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"People are venting," said Jerry Marcinowski, 75, a retiree from Clarence, watching as Bills fans danced, as they pumped their fists and hollered, as they sang along to "Shout," with the song cranked to high volume. "They've been cooped up a long time, and everyone here knows this thing could have been a lot worse."'

Marker CBS' Harlan recovers, tries his best to make Bills game exciting [1:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After a sub-par season opening performance in the Bills victory over the New York Jets, Harlan improved and had the kind of game expected of him.'

Marker Tyrod Watch: Tracking Taylor's one-read-then-run plays [1:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For Taylor, I think the pass plays in which he turns into a runner after only checking his first read are more indicative of a lack of quarterbacking refinement and thereby are more important to track on a weekly basis.'

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.'

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