The Bills defense put together a heck of an effort against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers offense, but Buffalo’s offense could not match their performance. 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.
Tyrod Taylor and the offense couldn’t get anything going in the first half managing just 39 total net yards on 16 plays with no drive lasting more than six plays. LeSean McCoy and the Bills run game was bottled up as the Panthers fast flowing defense always seemed to be in position. The offense had just 176 total net yards in the game.
Buffalo’s defense was effective both against the run and the pass, holding the Panthers to less than three yards per carry, logging six sacks and holding Carolina 0-for-3 in the red zone.
The Bills offense had the ball with 2:35 left down six and two timeouts left at their own 25. They got as far as the Panthers 33-yard line, but a fourth down pass to an out breaking Zay Joneswas behind him and he couldn’t pull the pass in. It would’ve set up first and goal with a timeout to go and seven seconds remaining.
MORE POSTGAME COVERAGE:
– Buffalo Bills’ offense horrendous in 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers (D&C)
– Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Panthers (BuffaloBills.com)
– Maiorana: Somehow, the Bills had a chance to win on final drive vs. Panthers (D&C)
– Peppers, Panthers’ defense stymies Bills 9-3 (WHEC)
– A great defensive effort goes to waste as the Bills offense was incompetent (D&C)
– What they’re saying: Bills react to a close loss in Carolina (BuffaloBills.com)
– Bills report card: Buffalo offense can’t run and it can’t hide in loss to Panthers (D&C)