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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2017

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.”'

Marker Bills offense struggles in loss to Panthers [12:48 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Ramon Humber and Jordan Poyer led the team in tackles both racking up eleven. Buffalo only allowed 255 yards against a strong Panthers offense.'

Marker Bills squander defensive masterpiece in loss to Panthers [12:47 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Sadly, what we saw Sunday is what we’re going to see a lot this season. Really solid defense. Mediocre offense. And more losses than wins.'

Marker Bills Lose By A Fingertip 9-3 [12:46 AM]
Bills Daily reports: '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.'

Marker Strong Bills ‘D’ not enough in close loss to Panthers [12:45 AM] reports: 'Although the Panthers managed just three field goals until the late stages of the game, the Bills offense was stuck in neutral for most of the day and could manage only a field goal in a 9-3 loss to Carolina.'

Marker Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Panthers [12:44 AM] reports: '“We got a lot of pressure,” said Alexander. “(Number) one (Newton) is special. I don’t know how much he weighs, but 6-5 and 230 or 240. You’ve got to really try to wrap him up or try to get the ball out. But he extended a lot of plays and made some plays with his arm. Threw it in there like I knew he would because he’s a competitor regardless of his shoulder.”'

Marker What they're saying: Bills react to a close loss in Carolina [12:43 AM] reports: 'I’ll start off by giving their defense credit, they’ve got a talented bunch over there and we knew it would be tough sledding coming in here for their home opener. They did a good job. With that said, we’ve got to do a better job in some areas and we will. I thought we had some opportunities and we had some good looks at some things, so we’ve got to put some more plays back to back. We didn’t have good first down success early in the game and then we came out in the second half and had good first down success so staying on schedule that way was important for us. So we’ve just got to go back to work.'

Marker Kaelin Clay, Tanner Vallejo to make Bills debuts; Tate inactive [12:42 AM] reports: 'Clay’s role could be larger than expected since primary return man Brandon Tate is inactive for today’s game.'

Marker Bills Today: Tolbert not holding back against former team [12:41 AM] reports: '“There’s a rule out there that snitches get stitches, but I’m gonna get a lot of stitches this week,” Tolbert said.'

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Marker In Carolina, Sean McDermott's 'play hard' message still resonates [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He was inherited the defense with the Eagles," Rivera said Thursday at Bank of America Stadium, "but here he was able to put his stamp on it."'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Back on the road, Tyrod Taylor facing the same old questions [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Again, does Taylor have what it takes to lift his team on the road, to rise up in difficult times like the elite quarterbacks? There are times when a franchise QB has to be the best player on the field, the difference between winning and losing in a hostile environment, the defiant gunslinger.'

Marker Advanced Stats: Bills-Panthers matchups to watch, Jerry Hughes in advantageous situation [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Talk about a heavyweight fight. Incognito has been a star since he rejoined the Bills in 2015. He was PFF's second-highest graded offensive guard in 2015. Last year, he finished in seventh place at his position. The veteran flourished against the Jets in Week One and received PFF's top guard grade. Short, who predominately lines up as Carolina's right defensive tackle -- meaning he'll see plenty of Incognito at left guard -- has risen to stardom over the past two seasons, as well. He graded as PFF's No. 4 defensive tackle in 2015 and climbed to No. 2 last season.'

Marker Stats Wizard: All-time numbers in Bills-Panthers series and more [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Flutie’s rating of 130.1 is also the best among the group and oddly enough, Kelly had the worst game — going 4 for 21 for 176 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, and a 38.3 rating. To give you an idea of just how bad that is, had he instead gone 0 for 21 with no interceptions, his rating would have been 39.6.'

Marker Just for Kicks: Stephen Hauschka started similarly to Dan Carpenter [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We'll be tracking this all season.

Marker Tyrod Watch: Introducing the Escapability Index [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was a moderately elusive day for Taylor. He ran the football eight times for 38 yards and threw it away on four occasions. Pro Football Focus tracked him being under pressure on 24.2 percent of his dropbacks.'

Marker Bills Forecast: Sunny, warm and little chance of showers [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Precipitation: Ten percent probability of an isolated shower in the vicinity in the afternoon (meaning highly unlikely).'

Marker Bills Backers Club: In Charlotte, they’re just like us [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Charlotte, N.C., has one of the largest populations of transplanted Western New Yorkers. According to the Charlotte Observer, Mecklenburg County is the No. 1 out-of-state destination for people leaving Erie County (and No. 2 for those leaving Monroe County).'

Marker Bills bar review: High-energy, diverse crowd at Mister Goodbar [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Our Sunday crew is anything from age 21 to 70, it’s very diverse,” Thomas said. “It’s a high-energy, upbeat crowd. It’s a big open space and we don’t take reservations, so people can meet with a group of friends and you don’t have to worry about who else is there.”'

Marker Bills fans headed to Hertel for bar crawl Sunday [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Billed as “Bills and Booze. A love story,” the first Step Out Buffalo Game Day Bar Crawl is expected to draw 600-1,000 people to 10 participating bars on Hertel, according to Emily Kluckhohn, director of storytelling for Step Out Buffalo.'

Marker Is this NFL or mutual admiration society? Carolina homecoming a love fest not grudge match [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' But what we have with Beane and McDermott is a veritable love fest between two highly respected members of the Carolina organization who will forever be grateful for the opportunities they were given and the Panthers’ family who hated to see them leave but enthusiastically supported their chance to land top jobs with another NFL club.'

Marker Bills vs. Panthers: McDermott faces tough early test against defense he helped build [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Panthers 21, Bills 10.'

Marker Bills on the road as underdogs [1:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Panthers are looking to regain their cliched swagger.'

Marker For Bills, Panthers familiarity doesn’t breed contempt [1:46 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Of course it’s gonna be on your mind, we’re human, so going back to play against the team that you’ve spent so much time with, built relationships with people there, it’s definitely gonna be on your mind. You’ve gotta try your hardest just to put that aside and go out there and rely on your preparation.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers 2017: Preview, odds, prediction for Week 2 [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McDermott should be familiar with what the Panthers do defensively, having served as the defensive coordinator in Carolina for six seasons. Carolina has Luke Kuechly healthy, and their defensive backs have had another year to mature. In a way, this defense is better than the one McDermott coached last season. The Bills will have their hands full with the interior of the Panthers' defensive line, which features Star Lotulelei and Kawaan Short.'

Marker Can Buffalo Bills run on Carolina Panthers and 7 more things to watch [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Cam Newton struggled in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. Newton only completed 56 percent of his passes for 171 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. On the ground, Newton had three yards on six carries. Although Newton was off in Week 1, the Bills still need to focus on ways to keep Newton in check. The quarterback can beat you with his arm and legs so Sean McDermott will have to plan a near-perfect game plan to slow down Newton.'

Marker 12 teams besides Buffalo Bills that could pursue QB early in 2018 NFL draft [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's very possible that the Jets finish the 2017 season with two wins or less. Between Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, the Jets have the worst quarterback situation in the league. New York should be considered a lock to take a quarterback at the top of the 2018 NFL draft.'

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