Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Preseason records: Buffalo (1-1); Carolina Panthers (0-1)
In a Nutshell:
Using the ground game to move the ball Buffalo capped a 58-yard scoring drive with a one-yard pass from
Carolina was successful with an onsides kick attempt and mounted a late drive, but a tipped pass was intercepted by
How it went down:
--Buffalo got on the board first with a 37-yard field goal from
--The Panthers’ most impressive drive was capped at the start of the second quarter when Kelvin Benjamin made a great adjustment to an underthrown pass to the end zone by Derek Anderson, pulling in the pass for a 29-yard touchdown to make it 6-3 Carolina. Their extra point attempt was no good.
--Anthony ‘Boobie’ Dixon capped a five-play 28-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to capitalize on a turnover and put Buffalo ahead 10-6 with four minutes left in the half.
--Da’Norris Searcy intercepted an overthrown pass by Matt Blanchard and returned it to the Carolina 38. It resulted in a Dan Carpenter 42-yard field goal as time expired (13-6).
--Buffalo’s defense then held Carolina scoreless through the third quarter as they forced a pair of punts on the Panthers’ only two possessions.
--Josh Norman’s interception of a Jeff Tuel pass intended for
--Carolina had a chance to tie with 1:37 remaining after a 31-yard touchdown pass from Joe Webb to Brandon Williams, but their second two-point conversion attempt also failed.
--The Panthers still had life after a successful onsides kick as a bouncing ball was recovered at the Carolina 39. But Jonathan Meeks intercepted a tipped pass to effectively seal the victory.
The half of it
--The Bills got off to a fast start as
--Buffalo’s defense registered a pair of takeaways. The first came on a forced fumble by
--The other takeaway came late in the half on an overthrow as Da’Norris Searcy intercepted a Blanchard pass and returned it to the Panthers 28-yard line. Buffalo got a field goal off the takeaway.
--Bryce Brown entered the game before Anthony Dixon, flipping the order in which they appeared in the Hall of Fame game. Brown’s first two carries went for 25 yards as he again looked explosive. His first two carries gave way to Dixon’s short goal line carries, with Dixon’s second finding the end zone on a one-yard run.
--Buffalo’s punt coverage looked strong. Carolina returner Kenjon Barner had a pair of returns for no gain with tackles turned in by
--DE Jarius Wynn and LB
Quotes from the locker room:
--“I thought they did a nice job, especially EJ. I think he was nine for 13 and really moved the team. It was up to the people around him to really get the ball in, as I talked about before. We’ve been creating opportunities and we’ve got to take advantage of it.” – Doug Marrone on the play of first team offense
-- “It was a crazy feeling. I got the butterflies out of the way. It felt good to just get my first catch and get the first down. It felt great and I got into the game.” –WR Sammy Watkins
--“I think it was good. That’s what we’re supposed to do. When we step out on the field, we expect to get a three-and-out every time. When we don’t we’re a little disappointed in each other, but we never get down. We bend, but don’t break. They scored a touchdown early, but we were able to get off the field on our last possession.” –S
The Bills will travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday Aug. 16th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.