Buffalo's first two units seemed to have its way with the Carolina Panthers. Matt Cassel was accurate but had receivers getting open and the running game was really working well for the Bills. His second drive resulted in a missed field goal, but Buffalo should be encouraged about how they were able to move the ball against the first unit. When Tyrod Taylor came in, he also found plenty of success against the Panthers defense. A lot of that had to do with Taylor being able to scramble and pick up good chunks of yardage. He also showed nice touch on a deep pass to Deonte Thompson that should have resulted in a touchdown.
The running game was also excellent for Buffalo, especially the effort from Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams.
All in all, Buffalo's first two units looked tremendous against the Panthers.
Defensively, the first unit's front seven was terrific but the cornerback play could have been better for the bills. Stephon Gilmore needs to know by now that he'll get called for a flag if he face guards his opposite. Ronald Darby was picked on by Cam Newton and Derek Anderson.
I was very impressed with Newton. Carolina's first two drives were short and unmemorable, but he looked great after that. He made a beautiful pass to Ted Ginn that was thrown where only the receiver can catch it and he should have a big year with targets like Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess and Greg Olsen at his disposal. Benjamin is a superstar in the making. Newton was also impressive to me because Carolina's offensive line seemed to struggle and Newton was dealing with a crowded pocket.
Defensively, Carolina's first unit gave up too much yardage to my liking. Buffalo was able to run and pass on Carolina with plenty of success. A lot of that may have to do with a lack of game planning in the preseason but it's something to watch in the next few weeks if you're a Panthers fan.
Posted By: Ryan Talbot