Bills vs. Panthers Recap
Although the Bills lost to the Panthers 28-23, the Bills and their fans have plenty to be happy about. First and foremost, all three quarterbacks (Peterman, McCarron, and Allen) all showed that they can effectively manage Brian Daboll's offense. Peterman started off strong completing his first seven passes, and finished the night 9-10 for 119 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interception. Peterman's interception could have been avoided, as he threw up and behind his intended target Chris Ivory. Other than that, I am not sure what else Peterman needed to do to help solidify his position atop the depth chart. Not to be outdone, AJ McCarron worked well with the second team going 7-10 for 116 yards. Josh Allen played the entire second half as anticipated, and went 9-19 for 116 yards and a touchdown. Overall, I thought the Quarterbacks played very well and I suspect McCarron to get the start going into the second game.
Marcus Murphy stole the show from the running back group and has made a real push to be the team's third option. As for the Wide Receivers and reserve Tight Ends, the log jam continues. Reilly, McCloud, and Croom all had their moments, but not enough to change their roster status at this time. Moving to the offensive line, I thought the starters played well, and I was happy to see Ryan Groy get the start at Center. You could tell the backups on the line didn't come together as smoothly as the starters did. During the second half, Allen was under a fair amount of pressure as blocking assignments were missed and the running game pretty much came to a standstill.
Moving to the other side of the ball, the defensive starters played well, while the backups and third stringers could have played better. The Bills gave up 21 second half points to the Panthers while first round pick, Wide Receiver DJ Moore put on a show catching 4 passes for 75 yards.
The Bills now move on to face the Browns in Cleveland on Friday night in front of a national audience. How well will the Bills contain Taylor and Mayfield, and what role will newly aquired Wide Receiver Corey Coleman play against his former team?