The Panthers have only scored two touchdowns and six field goals in their first two games with Newton overthrowing two open receivers for would-be touchdown passes. McDermott didn't disagree with the premise that if his team can't run, they can't move the ball.
Carolina, on the other hand, had at least one play in Buffalo territory on all but one of their first half drives. Carolina also out-gained the Bills 193-39 with a 12-1 first down ratio in the opening stanza.
Another part of the offense that could serve the Bills well if the Panthers are pinning their ears back and driving hard up field is the screen game.
With Greg Olsen reportedly his foot, the Carolina Panthers will turn to Ed Dickson at the tight end position.
With Olsen sidelined indefinitely, he'll have plenty of chances to surpass those numbers this season in Carolina. "Sometimes, it is what it is".
The Panthers were leading 6-0 at the time and having a rough day on offense. Olsen has been selected to three straight Pro Bowls after becoming the first tight end in National Football League history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Buffalo didn't score until the fourth quarter and didn't enter Panthers territory in the first half. And also, the Bills have an elusive and unpredictable quarterback running and throwing to a lot of fast and unknown receivers. In the game against the Bills, he hauled in two catches for 26 yards.
Buffalo offensive co-ordinator Rick Dennison called a sweet play, with risky running backLeSean McCoy split out farthest to the right, and promising rookie wide receiverZay Jones lined up inside of McCoy in the slot.
- The Bills inactives were, besides Tate, were defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (concussion), guard Vlad Ducasse, running back Joe Banyard, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, tight end Khari Lee and tackle Conor McDermott. The defense allowed only 38 rushing yards against the Jets but will have a taller task facing Cam Newton and rookie all-purpose threat Christian McCaffrey.
The Carolina Panthers are a fast flow defense.
He, surprising to his critics, has the franchise record for career passer rating (93), most rushing yards by a Buffalo QB (1,203), highest completion percentage (63) and lowest interception percentage (1.4).
Olsen's injury will compel Fantasy owners to make Benjamin a routine starter for a while.