That was tough to watch, and the sad part is that Buffalo Bills fans may have to get used to more of it in 2017.
Everyone knew there were going to be days like this for the undermanned Buffalo offense, and when it happened Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, it was downright ugly. The Bills put forth one of the most anemic performances in recent memory in losing 9-3 to the Panthers to fall to 1-1 on the season.
The shame of it was that a tremendous effort by Sean McDermott’s defense was wasted as the Bills continually shut down the Panthers and limited them to three field goals, sacking Cam Newton six times in the process. Carolina had only 256 yards of total offense.
Tyrod Taylor was unable to get anything working in the downfield passing game as his receivers are simply not able to get open, and most alarming, the offensive line was overmatched by a stout Carolina front seven. LeSean McCoy was completely shut down.
The Bills finished with 176 total yards, and McCoy gained nine yards on 12 carries.
The Bills could not possibly have played a worse first half of offense, at least until the second half rolled around. They managed one first down in the first 30 minutes, and that came because of a nifty Taylor scramble to convert a third-and-7 early in the second quarter.
The Bills did get into position on the final drive of the game, but a critical offensive pass interference penalty on Andre Holmes stunted the march, and on fourth-and-11 from the Panthers’ 33 with no timeouts remaining, Taylor had Zay Jones open at the 5-yard-line, but the pass was behind the rookie and he couldn’t haul it in.