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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/17/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




BUFFALO (1 - 0) at CAROLINA (1 - 0)
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Week 2 Sunday, 9/17/2017 1:00 PM
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BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-0+11-00-121.07.0408.0(5.8)
Last 3 Games1-0+11-00-121.07.0408.0(5.8)
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2172333:0442-190(4.5)16-2857.1%218(7.8)70-408(5.8)(19.4)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.1261127:5615-38(2.5)26-3966.7%176(4.5)54-214(4)(17.8)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against101317-847.1%0-00.0%1-23(23)35-4(8.7)6-50
Stats Against (All Games) 14-428.6%1-1100.0%2-45(22.5)3-27(9)5-62
Opponents Avg. Stats For202 14-428.6%1-1100.0%2-45(22.5)27-3(9)5-62

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-0+11-00-123.013.0287.0(4.6)
Last 3 Games1-0+11-00-123.013.0287.0(4.6)
Grass Games1-0+11-00-123.013.0287.0(4.6)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23132034:2138-116(3.1)14-2556.0%171(6.8)63-287(4.6)(12.5)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.301326:3915-51(3.4)24-3568.6%166(4.7)50-217(4.3)(72.3)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against112213-753.8%0-00.0%0-0(0)7-3(2.3)5-40
Stats Against (All Games) 11-218.2%4-125.0%0-0(0)1-9(9)10-74
Opponents Avg. Stats For112 11-218.2%4-125.0%0-0(0)9-1(9)10-74
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 13,  CAROLINA 10
BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2017NY JETS21-12W-7W42U42-19016-28-218115-3826-39-1762
9/17/2017@ CAROLINA            
10/1/2017@ ATLANTA            
10/8/2017@ CINCINNATI            

CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2017@ SAN FRANCISCO23-3W-4W44.5U38-11614-25-171215-5124-35-1662
9/24/2017NEW ORLEANS            
10/1/2017@ NEW ENGLAND            
10/8/2017@ DETROIT            
BUFFALO: The Bills were the second most run-heavy team in 2016, and that's unlikely to change under the new coaching staff. RB LeSean McCoy's 5.4 yards per rush was tops among runners with 150+ carries, and the Bills signed the NFL's best fullback in Patrick DiMarco. QB Tyrod Taylor's athleticism and arm strength are hindered by his lack of vision and anticipation. He's still stuck with a lackluster receiving group led by injury-plagued WR Sammy Watkins. The Bills will transition to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Sean McDermott. DTs Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams have the talent to improve last year's awful run defense (29th in the NFL), and 2016's first two draft picks, DE Shaq Lawson and LB Reggie Ragland, are finally fully healthy. Departed CB Stephon Gilmore will be hard to replace, but former Packers S Micah Hyde and first-round draft pick CB Tre'Davious White bolster the secondary.
CAROLINA: Carolina moved away from the power running game that was so effective in 2015, using more three-wide formations and running QB Cam Newton far less often. The offense struggled: Newton regressed as a passer (his 52.9% completion percentage was a career-worst) while receivers rarely created separation. First-round draft pick RB Christian McCaffrey is effective as a power runner and a slot receiver, and second-rounder WR Curtis Samuel is also a moveable chess piece with run-after-catch ability. New coordinator Steve Wilks, a Carolina assistant since 2012, won't be changing a thing about the Panthers' 4-3 scheme. LBs Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson are the most athletic and effective linebacking corps in the league, though Davis is bound to slow down at age 34. The defensive line was too inconsistent last year, and the Panthers' inexperienced secondary was asked to cover for too long on too many plays.
Familiar faces adorn sideline as Bills visit Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It has all been cordial and polite leading up to this reunion.

Some of that could change when the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers collide Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

There won't be many introductions needed even though these teams haven't met since 2013.

With first-year Bills coach Sean McDermott trying to avoid his first loss in his new job, he has lots of familiarity with the opponent. McDermott spent the past six seasons as Carolina's defensive coordinator.

"The problem is, I'm not out there playing," McDermott said, referring to his knowledge of the Panthers' personnel.

Both teams opened the season with victories, so there were good vibes all around. Since then, they have received numerous questions about how well they know each other.

"We have guys who do know (about us)," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. "They have an idea. It will be an interesting matchup. ... It will be a nice little homecoming. There is a tremendous amount of familiarity."

McDermott said there will be plenty of friendly greetings when he arrives for the game.

"That part is pretty cool," he said. "That said, it's a business and we've got a job to do. I have an incredible amount of respect for Ron as a man and a coach."

McDermott said his knowledge of the Panthers means only so much if it's not relayed to the Bills in a helpful manner.

"Our guys are going to be out there," McDermott said. "What's most important is what they know, not what I know.

"How you handle it is important. There is a tendency to maybe make an over-adjustment. We just have to be smart with it."

So with that, McDermott wants to concentrate on how to make the Bills better following their 21-12 victory against the New York Jets.

McDermott said he learned plenty in the past from Rivera, then listed countless others in the Carolina organization who made an impact on his career.

"I learned a lot from the players. It's a great organization. They do things the right way," McDermott said. "I have a lot of respect for how they do things. I really appreciate the time I spent there. I also know the work we have to put in. That's where my focus is. It's hard to say an advantage."

There were exciting elements in the opener for Buffalo, with Tyrod Taylor throwing for two touchdowns and LeSean McCoy gaining 110 rushing yards on 22 carries.

"You always want to be balanced," McDermott said, figuring there were chances for more points. "When you're calling a game, it's hard to be completely balanced."

McDermott figures to have a large role devising the defensive scheme. The Bills limited to the Jets to 38 rushing yards.

"We treat every game like its own entity," McDermott said. "There's a lot of good things (to build from). ... Carolina is a talented, talented football team."

But since McDermott departed the Panthers, they added rookie running back Christian McCaffrey. So the familiarity angle ends with McCaffrey, whose role could be expanded each time he heads to the field.

Plus, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a rough 2016 season, but he's gearing up this season as he comes off an encouraging opener following offseason shoulder surgery.

Now, it might be time to see more formations from the Panthers.

"We did a good job of spreading the football," Rivera said. "I would like to see more mixtures of the receiver combinations."

New Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks had a strong first day in his new role, essentially replacing McDermott.

"We had opportunities to be even better as a defense," Rivera said. "We're by no means where we want to be. We understand this is a young team (especially in the secondary)."

First-year Bills general manager Brandon Beane has been doing a lot of talking about the Panthers this week as well. He spent 19 years in the organization, including the past two as assistant general manager.

Perhaps that's why the Bills have a Carolina flavor on the roster. Backup quarterback and special teams player Joe Webb was grabbed after roster cuts a couple of weeks ago, while fullback Mike Tolbert, who had Pro Bowl credentials with the Panthers, came on board during the offseason.

The Bills added linebacker Jelani Jenkins as a free-agent signing during the week. He arrives having started 34 games in the NFL across the last three seasons, though he didn't stick with the Raiders after training camp. With rookie linebacker Tanner Vallejo out with a knee injury, Jenkins could have a role.

Last Updated: 6/24/2018 9:44:58 AM EST

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