The Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers will battle it out this Sunday in what should be a great physical game. There is a lot to pay attention to during this game. Both teams picked up a win last week and will look to continue their momentum.
Both teams will be challenged this week, seeing as how they both played against teams that are in a rebuilding process. The Bills beat the Jets 21-12 and the Panthers defeated the 49ers 23-3. With both teams looking to keep their winning streak going, what are the matchups that could determine a win versus a loss?
Tyrod Taylor vs. Cam Newton
Both teams have quarterbacks that can excel during games as long as they aren’t being pressured. Each of them don’t have a ton of weapons around them, but they do utilize what they have.
Tyrod Taylor has a top running back in LeSean McCoy and can use him in the passing game when he’s not rushing for yards. Taylor also has receivers Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes and Charles Clay, all who contributed to last week’s win over the Jets. He will also be going up against a tough yet vulnerable defense which can lead him to making plays in the open field.
Newton has more than just Jonathan Stewart in the backfield. Along with Stewart who is productive, he has Christian McCaffrey who is looking to bounce back from last week. The Panthers aren’t a big run team but they can utilize what they have. Newton also has Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, both who can make secondaries suffer if they are taken for granted.
LeSean McCoy vs. Panthers defense
After a great start in last week’s victory, McCoy is looking to keep running wild but this Panthers defense may stop him here and there. The defense, led by their All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly plays physical. They tend to stop opposing offenses’ best players which can hurt McCoy’s production. This game can either help McCoy put points on the board or slow him down and put all the pressure on Tyrod Taylor to throw the ball.
Bills secondary vs. Panthers receiving core
The Bills secondary had a great game last weeks against the Jets, but they didn’t face any premier receivers who were going to make an impact. This week, the Bills secondary will take Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, both who can help win games for the Panthers. Tre’Davious White, E.J. Gaines, Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer will have their hands full but if they stay calm and do their part, this secondary should be able to contain the Panthers receiving core.