Bills Fall To Panthers 9-3

Defense Excels But Offense Sputters

Neil McManus
September 17, 2017 - 4:35 pm

Charlotte, NC (WBEN/AP) The Buffalo Bills defense was impressive, the offense on the other hand, left something to be desired, to put it mildly as they lost to the Carolina Panthers 9-3 Sunday. How bad was the offense? At halftime, Tyrod Taylor had 15 yards passing and LeSean McCoy had zero rushing yards. McCoy finished with nine yards on 12 carries while Taylor had 125 yards passing total. They were unable to muster any points until the final quarter when Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal.

The defense on the other hand, kept the team in the game and kept Panthers’ quarterback, Cam Newton in check for much of the day and stifled their running game. The unit conceded only three field goals and sacked Newton six times. The effort almost paid off as Buffalo rookie Zay Jones tried to make a diving catch on fourth-and-11, but couldn't haul in the pass at the Carolina three yard line with nine seconds remaining.

Following the game, head coach, Sean McDermott said there is work to be done on the offensive side of the ball, “We have to do a better job in some areas and we will.”

It will not get easier for the offense as the Bills return home next Sunday to host the Denver Broncos, who boast one of the league’s top passing defenses.

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