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Buffalo Bills HC Doug Marrone gives credit to Cam’s ability and versatility to extend plays. Cam is a tough guy to bring down because of his stature and physicality. “Cam presents a great challenge…he can beat you a lot of different ways.” Carolina is a team with a lot of talent and will be a big challenge, said Marrone. The Buffalo Bills Defensive players such as Mario Williams will try and get into Cam’s head and make him uncomfortable on the field.

HC Marrone also credits the Panthers Defense, “Anyone that looks at Carolina, they’re a very good defense. It’s a defense that you truly have to go in and earn everything that you get. They’re not going to give you a lot of stuff out there.” “I think the Panthers Defense is outstanding.” “I think they’re underrated.” “They’re extremely talented.”

The Panthers Run-Defense—good
The Panthers again, look to stop the RUN (i.e. Spiller and Jackson)
CJ Spiller, admittedly had a bad week game 1 against the Patriots. He told reporters that he reverted back to his old, bad habits and was “impatient,” not allowing the O-line to open some running room. Spiller admits that he is working on making the right corrections to the game but also gave credit to the Patriots for their defense in stacking the box. Spiller said he was trying to force the play instead of letting it naturally develop, and “it hurt us.” Spiller noticed that Carolina has great tacklers not allowing many YAC’s.

CJ spiller and Fred Jackson are the duo in RB’s for the Bills. Jackson had more productivity of the two in last week’s game averaging 5.2 yards a carry, while Spiller averaged only 2.4.The two RB’s trade off snaps to try and off-balance opposing teams. Spiller was “frustrated” and let the opposing defense dictate his performance. If Panthers can take the wind out of Spiller’s sails, a huge momentum shift could be there for the Panthers taking.The Panthers were effective against Seattle’s RB, Lynch, last week.

PROBLEMS for the Bills
The Bills Run-Defense—bad
The Bills had the NFL’s second-worst run defense last season. The Bills gave up the third-most rushing yards of any team in Week 1, surrendering over 150 yards on the ground. D. Williams could have a big day.

Ej Manuel had some mistakes last week but also made some big plays. He’s a rookie but has talent. The Panthers will use their front four and maybe a few blitz packages to unrattle and unnerve the QB who felt “calm” his first week against New England.

Scott Chandler WR and Stevie Johnson WR both had trouble catching the ball last week, dropping critical passes.

The Bills also have a questionable secondary. The Bills are missing starting corner Stephen Gilmore and free safety Jairus Byrd is doubtful. Cam &Co. needs to light em’ up down the field. With WR addition’s of Hixon and Edwards, Cam will have more targets and can spread the ball around.

The Bills have a young team and with lack of experience, can accrue penalties. They had 13 last week, second to only the Buccaneers, who had 15.

POSITIVES for the Bills
E.J. Manuel threw NO interceptions, was 18 for 27, 150 yards and finished with a 105.5 rating. For a rookie he showed great poise. Made good decisions. Via Tim Walchusky, Bills Gab. The Panthers defense will look to put pressure on the young rookie QB. The defense looks to stop the run and get after the QB. Manuel, a mobile QB, can buy time for his WR’s, putting pressure on the Panthers secondary. The Panthers want to limit the QB’s time to find his reads and limit his success.

Written by: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: phillipjboyce

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