Buffalo Bills vs Carolina Panthers

- Carolina's sacks of Bills QB Tyrod Taylor were recorded by defensive end Mario Addison, his first of the campaign and 37-year-old end Julius Peppers, who got two and now has 2 ½ on the season.

Relying on relentless defense and three Graham Gano field goals, the Panthers produced a 9-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Bank of America Stadium.

The Panthers defense held San Francisco to 51 rush yards in their 23-3 win. "They do a great job schematically and are very fast, so we'll have our hands full".

The numbers told the story.

The Panthers heralded rookie running back Christian McCaffrey played well, rushing for 47 yards and catching five passes for 38 yards.

Panthers stars of the game: 1.

TAYLOR MOVES UP: With his 9-yard completion on the opening drive, Taylor moved into seventh place on the team's all-time passing yards list, passing Dennis Shaw (6,286).

"We came out and swarmed all over them", Addison said. "I didn't play well today. That's why he's been somewhat of our unsung hero over the years and hopefully, not hopefully, we are going to be expecting big things for him and knowing he's going to pick the gun up and keep shooting". It's hard to take deep shots when you're not getting first downs.

"We're going to think about that tonight", Ron Prevost said.

"The goal line stops that we had, those were huge", said Micah Hyde in reference to his fellow safety. It's really hard. I let my team down. This is a very elusive and unsafe quarterback. Again, Newton had a receiver open as Russell Shepard get behind his defender a yard inside the end zone. All four offensive possessions for the Bills resulted in punts, resulting in a paltry 6:53 in time of possession over the first 30 minutes.

The Bills marched all the way down to the Panthers' 33-yard line. The Panthers knew they were going to be in for a defensive struggle, and it was a matter of rising to the occasion.

The most controversial play of the game, and the most important, came on a 4th-and-11, with the Bills down by six. Much like last season, if the Panthers can not figure out a way for Newton to get rid of the ball more quickly, the physical toll on Cam Newton will continue accrue and offensive coordinator Mike Shula will be to blame.

"It meant a lot to me", said Jones.

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