TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium
Weather: Low 42, High 59
Line: Carolina (-2.5)
The Carolina Panthers had to face a tough Seattle Seahawks defense in week one and it showed by the lack of production from the offense and Cam Newton in particular. The third-year quarterback passed for 125 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 38 yards. Accounting for just 163 yards of total offense at quarterback is less than impressive and Newton will need more production in week two if the Panthers want a chance at victory. De’Angelo Williams had a solid game with 17 rushes for 76 yards and no scores, but showed that he still has some life in him even at the age of 30. Greg Olsen and Steve Smith led the receiving game with 107 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches combined.
On the other side of the field, the Buffalo Bills lost a close one to the New England Patriots at home in week one. It took all of Tom Brady‘s effort to take down the pesky Bills and it took a late field goal to win it. Buffalo relied on rookie quarterback EJ Manuel to carry the load, passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns while throwing no interceptions and completing 67 percent of his passes in his first-ever start. The run game could use some work as C.J. Spiller underperformed with 41 yards on 17 carries while Fred Jackson rushed the ball 13 times for 67 yards in split carries.
Defensively, the Bills struggled against the Patriots, allowing Brady to pass for 288 yards, Shane Vereen to rush for 101 and Danny Amendola to catch 10 passes for 104 yards. In the process, the Bills allowed over 400 yards of total offense and 26 first downs to the mighty Patriots. The Panthers made Russell Wilson look like an All-Pro quarterback as he threw for 320 yards and torched the Panthers’ secondary. The run defense was solid, however, keeping Marshawn Lynch to just 43 yards on 17 carries.
PREDICTION: Panthers 24, Bills 27