Carolina Panthers’ Week 2 Matchup vs Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills looked to make their mark last offseason, signing Mario Williams to bolster their pass rush. He brought higher expectations, and the Bills were a dark-horse pick to make the playoffs. The defense struggled, though, and after a 2-1 start, the Bills only won four more games. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 16 interceptions as the Bills finished 21st in scoring offense and Williams had just 10.5 sacks as the defense ranked 26th in scoring defense.
Head coach Chan Gailey, who won just 16 games in his three years in Buffalo, was fired after the season. He was replaced by former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, a smart, offensive-minded coach who had become a hot name in the NFL’s annual game of musical headsets. The Bills lost guard Andy Levitre in free agency, cut ties with Fitzpatrick and caught many observers off guard when they drafted Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round of the NFL draft. They added USC wide receiver Robert Woods in the second.
The Bills also signed Kevin Kolb, a castoff of two NFL teams, to compete at quarterback, but Manuel will be the starter sooner or later, probably even by Week 4. He was a dual-threat quarterback at Florida State, but he showed promise as a passer.
Traveling to Buffalo looks to be the most difficult obstacle here, though this is the NFL and as we know anything can happen on “any given Sunday”. Whoever the Bills choose to play quarterback will have a hard time moving the ball against Seattle’s defense.
The Bills defense won’t pose much of a challenge for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense either, this has big-game written all over it for Wilson and his new big play threat Percy Harvin.
Seahawks in a blowout 31-14