After 30 minutes of play here are four things that stood out about Buffalo’s performance against the Panthers.
Good completion percentage
He connected on his first four passes of the game, two of which went to
Manuel completed his first seven pass attempts before an incompletion. He also averaged a respectable 7.4 yards per attempt.
Run defense steps up
The Bills run defense wanted to tighten things up after the Hall of Fame, particularly the second and third units. The starting ‘D’ was again strong versus the run and the second unit was equally up to the task in the first half.
Carolina averaged just 1.7 yards per carry in the first half on 10 carries. The Panthers longest run of the half came on a Kenjon Barner eight-yard rush.
Speed to burn
Brown’s speed almost seemed to catch Carolina’s second team defense off guard as he easily gained the corner on his second carry nearly reaching the end zone himself. His first carry was a bob and weave run that converted a 2nd-and-10 for a fresh set of downs.
Third time is a charm
Buffalo’s offense moved the ball effectively in the first half, but cashing in after reaching the red zone proved difficult.
On their opening possession EJ Manuel hit Chris Hogan on a 32-yard pass play to convert a 3rd-and-3 to set up 1st-and-10 at the 11. On the next four plays they gained nine yards and could not get a first down or reach the end zone. The result was a turnover on downs.
On their second possession after
On their third red zone possession the Bills finally converted with Anthony ‘Boobie’ Dixon pounding it in from a yard out for a touchdown.