Bills Miss Chance to Upset Panthers; Lose 9-3
Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo Bills nearly salvaged a poor offensive day, but Taylor's 4th-and-11 pass sailed into and out of the hands of an open Zay Jones on the one-yard-line as the receiver lunged and fell to the ground. It changed possession and cemented the Carolina Panthers' 9-3 victory.
A connection to Jones would have setup a 1st-and-goal from the one, just seconds remaining. Sadly it was typical Bills: Didn't play great, had a chance to win. Didn't.
Buffalo's late traction on offense followed a performance of less than 40-total yards in the first-half and zero-points through three quarters.
The Bills (1-1) were held to less 200 yards of offense on the day, virtually all of it coming through Taylor: 17/25 for 125 yards in the air, along with 55 more on the ground. Running backs LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert combined for just 14 yards on 15 carries.
The Bills' defense contained Cam Newton and Company, to the tune of six sacks for (-50) yards, allowing just 3 field goals.
Newton passed for 228, while chipping in 27 of the team's 77 rushing yards.
Buffalo will host Denver next Sunday. The Panthers (2-0) take on the Saints.