Posted: 4:24 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
By James Dator
Manuel put the Bills on his back with less than one minute in the game to lead a long drive. A costly Luke Kuechly penalty gave Buffalo a fresh set of downs, resulting in a two-yard pass to Steve Johnson with just six seconds left on the clock. Manuel finished with 296 yards passing with one touchdown and an interception.
Cam Newton was frustrated as breakdowns in protection allowed the quarterback to be sacked multiple times. Mario Williams gave the Panthers' line headaches, as the All Pro defensive end matched a team record with 4.0 sacks.
A new regime in Buffalo has led the team to a 1-1 record with a close loss last week and a gutsy win in week two.
The Carolina Panthers' secondary was decimated by injury. Cornerback Josh Thomas sustained a concussion in the first half and did not return. He was followed by strong safety Charles Godfrey who went down with an ankle injury and also missed the remainder of the game.
Tight end Greg Olsen had a big day for the Panthers as he finished with 84 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Buffalo had a lot of offensive success. C.J. Spiller finished with 129 all purpose yards, while Steve Johnson amassed 111 receiving yards and the late touchdown.
The Carolina Panthers were 3.5 point favorites, according to OddsShark. Their loss meant they failed to cover.
9/22: Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants