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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2017

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.”'

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.'

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