Bills offense falls flat in 9-3 loss to Panthers

Taylor Byrd
September 18, 2017

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen suffered a foot injury and will not return to Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

A Tyrod Taylor pass bounced off the hands of rookie wide receiver Zay Jones inside the Carolina 5 on fourth and 11 from the Carolina 33, and the Panthers survived. Shortly after the start of the second half, it was revealed he would not return to the game.

Kelvin Benjamin: After being targeted only twice in the season opener at San Francisco, Benjamin caught six passes on eight targets for 77 yards.

That combination led to Sunday's ugly, 9-3 Panthers victory in their home opener. Buffalo only allowed 255 yards against a strong Panthers offense.

The defense played great throughout, sacking quarterback Cam Newton six times and limiting the Panthers to just 255 total yards. A fourth-down conversion would've put the game away. Running backs LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert combined for just 14 yards on 15 carries.

Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets attempts to run down Charles Clay #85 of the Buffalo Bills during the first half on September 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York.

Carolina opened the scoring on Gano's 34-yard field goal to conclude the game's first possession. Panthers led 9-3 with 2:38 to go. Losing LT Cordy Glenn to an ankle injury didn't help, while McCoy appeared to tweak his troublesome wrist in the second half. With K Graham Gano winning the kicking job, the Panthers waived K Harrison Butker, but then assigned him to the practice squad when he cleared waivers. The Panthers face the visiting New Orleans Saints next week.

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