'In fairness, Carolina has an impressive defense and it was the home opener. After two games, the Panthers lead the NFL in fewest total yards, passing yards and points surrendered (Buffalo is second, second and fourth in those categories). But it’s worth wondering whether Carolina’s stats are inflated merely because one of its two games was against the Bills’ struggling attack.'
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'It's easy and perhaps more comforting to conclude that a week after dominating the New York Jets' defensive front to the tune of 190 yards on the ground (110 by McCoy), the Bills' offensive line simply was overmatched by more talented defensive linemen and linebackers. Coach Sean McDermott chose to go that route Wednesday when he told reporters, "I think, really, when you look a week ago against the Jets, how we controlled the line of scrimmage … this is one game. That’s life sometimes in the NFL."'
'It's true. The Bills have established a standard that would be difficult to meet in any event. But several factors are conspiring against them approaching their running numbers of 2015-16, when they ran for 5,062 yards (158 per game) on 1,001 carries, a hefty 5.1 yards a rushing attempt.'
'“Oh, probably more than that. Yes, I can certainly see it,” Hughes said, praising head man Sean McDermott for “doing a great job” of putting players in positions that best suit their individual strengths. “I really don’t have a number in mind. But, oh yeah (I can do 10). Absolutely. In a 4-3, I’m in the trenches. I feel a lot more at home. A lot more comfortable.”'
'Officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to the report of a shooting at 12:44 a.m. Sunday within the 28000 block of Lexington Way. Wright confirmed to The Buffalo News on Wednesday that he owns the home where the shooting occurred, and that it’s occupied by his mother, sister and brother.'
'"I am concerned," McDermott said. "It's day to day at this point and we've got to make sure that we have a contingency plan in place."'
'Yeah, he’s got an ankle [injury] right now so he’s not going to practice today and we’ll know a little bit more going forward right now, but right now he’s not going to practice.'
'When the opponent is capable of offering far more resistance than the New York Jets did in the Bills' season-opening victory, LeSean McCoy can't always work from a conventional scheme that has him taking all or most of his handoffs from behind Tyrod Taylor. There has to be instances where, as he did the past two years, he lines up next to Taylor in shotgun formation and opposing defenders are left guessing about whether the quarterback is going to stick the ball in Taylor's belly or keep it himself.'
'The running backs had 14 yards on 15 carries. LeSean McCoy carried it 12 times for 9 yards. Mike Tolbert had 5 yards on 3 rushes. That's 15 carries for 14 yards by the team's two "tailbacks." I hesitate to call Tolbert a tailback because he's a fullback by trade and masquerading as a tailback in Buffalo.'
'“When they play that style of defense, you have to be able to consistently attack with the passing game,” Garrett told reporters. "We really needed to have success throwing the ball. We were not able to do that."'
'"I just wanted the loot, baby!" McCoy said as reporters burst out laughing in the media room. "No, it wasn't like that. It just happened. It had nothing to do with the extra loot."'
'In Carolina, the Buffalo defensive tackle received an overall PFF grade of +1.0 on just 18 snaps – he suffered an ankle injury early in the game but returned in the second half. That was the sixth-highest grade of all 17 Bills defenders who saw the field in Week 2.'
'Rex Ryan likely would've started Matt Cassel that season. If he quarterbacked the team to a worse record than the 8-8 they achieved under Taylor (and some of EJ Manuel), the Bills would've owned a higher draft pick, but Cleveland owned their first-rounder that year anyway. The only top-level quarterbacks in that class, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, went 1-2 … but one quarterback available later in the draft was Trevor Siemian, who ended up in Denver and will start this weekend against the Bills.'
'The most famous of Von Miller's 82 career sacks (counting playoffs) was his strip-sack of Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50 that produced a Denver touchdown. What makes Miller's speed rush so devastating is his ability to dip his inside shoulder low to the ground like a speed skater, which gives the offensive tackle a small target to hit. Then Miller bends his hips back and drives to the QB.'
'Broncos 24, Bills 20.'
'But despite this universally accepted, undeniable and easily provable scientific fact, some people still choose to wrongly believe that our planet is flat. They are called flat-earthers, and you can join their society with a $12 donation.'
'"I became a Bills fan when I was really little," Lisi explained. "My dad would always listen to Bills games on the radio because they wouldn’t sell out in time to be on television. So, I heard a lot of Van Miller and Stan Barron growing up. I remember going to my first game when I was seven and saw the Bills beat down the Jets."'
'In 1961, Billy Atkins led the AFL with 10 interceptions. However, he did not return any for a touchdown, with his longest return going 29 yards. Here is where it gets fun: He had a 39-yard field goal that year, as well as a 56-yard rushing touchdown — the only touchdown of his career. Yet, he had more interceptions than he had rushing attempts (2) that season.'
' “I’m going to be in that position again, maybe even this week, farther down the line, but when my time comes I’ll be prepared and I’ll make that catch,’’ said Jones as he addressed the media on Wednesday at the team’s practice facility.'
'“He’s got an ankle right now, won’t practice today,” coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday morning. “It’s a sprain, that’s what we know today. I am concerned, but it’s day-to-day at this point. We have to make sure we have a contingency plan in place.”'
'"I think you're going to get a little bit of a bigger sample size, if that makes sense," Matthews said. "You guys study football. I don't think there's been any big, like, receiving games through the first two weeks of the season. And I watch, so I know that, for a fact. So I think you need to give it a little more time before you start saying, you know, what's what and who's who, if that makes sense."'
'"I hadn't heard that yet," McCoy said. "I guess he gets blamed for everything. I don't think so. Tyrod's a hell of a player, man. He makes plays. Without him, we would have had no shot last week. He made some plays when things weren't blocked well and he got out of it."'
'In addition to Dareus and Glenn, defensive end Shaq Lawson will not practice on Wednesday due to a nerve contusion. McDermott said he is considered day-to-day. The Bills are also giving rest days to both LeSean McCoy and Lorenzo Alexander. Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy is still in the concussion protocol.'
'“Just you saying it, it is something that fans will have their opinions and all that. But I know it’s a tough position to play, quarterback is. It’s very easy to say how to play it from up in the stands or watching on film. When you’re in those live moments things are flying. It’s tough,” Peterman said.'
'“Yeah definitely, we’re going to have to pick and choose when we go down the field and be able to just go down the field,” Taylor said. “We have the players to do it."'
'Coleman’s signing could be a red flag in terms of Dareus’ health.'
'I think the Bills have a really hard time putting points on the board in this one. The Broncos are rolling and, despite entering a tough environment, I think they are able to take control of the game with their ability to shut down the run. Final score: 24-7.'
'“Whoa,” McCoy said when asked to give his thoughts on the Broncos defense during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “They’re a good group. They play well together from the secondary down to the defensive linemen. They cover well and they’re an aggressive group. They’re a top defense for a reason.”'
'This is a difficult game to predict. This will serve as the Broncos’ first road game of the 2017 season. Along with an injury to Broncos starting left tackle Garett Bolles, the Broncos offense may suffer from an inability to run the ball against the Bills’ defensive line. This could be a low-scoring affair if the Broncos do not get out to a fast start. In the end, the winner will be the team that can create scoring opportunities after turnovers, or the team who’s defense can score some points. Both defenses will confuse and frustrate these young quarterbacks. Look for the Broncos to eek out a win, 13-10.'
'“Stay true to our keys, our identity. If we get down in the game, just stick with it,” he explained on a conference call with Denver media. “The Cowboys kind of went to the passing game too early. They stopped them a couple times in the running game, and they got down in points. The Broncos, man, they’re a tough group, they really are. I think you just have to keep being consistent, running your plays and you have to keep true to your identity. You can’t change because of how the game is going. They’ll make plays; they’re a good defense. They’re gonna make plays, you just have to keep at it.”'
'There’s only one way to beat that sort of defense, quarterback Trevor Siemian said Wednesday, and that’s to match the Bills' physicality. On the road, Siemian said, the Broncos must find a way to create a push up front and run the ball.'
'"… I had the chance to go against Trevor [Siemian] a year ago when I was with the Panthers [in" target="_blank"> the opening game of the year. I was impressed with him then. I continue to be impressed. He's smart. He does a lot in-between plays in terms of at the line of scrimmage. He knows where to go with the football based on coverage looks. He gets in and out of plays at the line. He's efficient. They’re very efficient that way."'
'Wright said he owns the home in the 28000 block of Lexington Way that is occupied by his mother, sister and brother.'
'"We certainly have to work on getting better separation and winning our one-on-one's," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "That's just not the receivers, that's our backs, our tight ends, up front, we just have to do a better job of winning our one-on-one's."'
'Dareus was considered one of the top defensive tackles in the league before signing a six-year, $96 million contract extension before the start of the 2015 season but has struggled on the field since then.'
'Bills new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison held same role with Broncos previous two years under Gary Kubiak, who retired after last season. Dennison also played LB for Broncos from 1982-90, and previously served as assistant coach from 1995-2009.'
'"We need to just stay true to our keys and our identity," McCoy said. "If we get back in points and we're down, just stay with it. The Cowboys kind of went to the passing game so early because they stopped (Elliott) a few times in the running game and they got down on points.'
'"We certainly have to work on getting better separation and winning our one-on-ones and that's not just the receivers, that's the backs, the tight ends, up front, we have to do a better job of winning our one-on-ones," coach Sean McDermott said of the passing game.'
'Coleman, 26, adds depth after injuries to Marcell Dareus (ankle) and Jerel Worthy (concussion).'