We're getting set for the Bills second game of the season, as they get set to go up against a Panthers team who's also off to an 0-1 start. Both teams will be looking to avoid falling into the 0-2 hole in Orchard Park.
We'll have a matchup of young quarterbacks on Sunday afternoon. EJ Manuel is looking to build on a pretty sharp start. Cam Newton is looking for a breakout year. He had a great rookie season, but stammered a bit as a sophomore last year. He had very similar numbers to Manuel in the Panthers season opening loss to Seattle. Newton only threw 23 times, completing 16 with 125 yards and a touchdown.
Of course Manuel is coming off a game where he showed he belonged against Bill Belichick's defensive scheme. In this Bills-Panthers matchup we will see two teams who both opened the season with very narrow losses to playoff teams. They're both young, with a lot to prove, in a game that's a toss up for predictors around the country.
"I see a team that is similar to us in a lot of regards," said Panthers coach Ron Rivera. "We've got a lot of young players in key positions. They've got some guys who have some special abilities. This is a football team that's talented. Offensively, they've got some very good players at skill positions."
"You're constantly trying to create that mindset during the week of what’s going to happen and expecting that they’ll be an ebb and flow and adversity and that’s what you have to overcome," said Doug Marrone, who's Bills are feeling like they can bounce back.
"I think the team’s reacting well," noted EJ Manuel. "I’m not use to losing a lot. Obviously I was glad to see people not taking it lightly. I think everyone was upset that we didn’t win the game and that we didn’t close it out. But moving forward, I understand that everybody washed it away."