The Buffalo Bills are coming off a close and hard fought game that left them 3 points short from pulling out a victory at home against a team they have only beaten twice in the past 12 years. It is heart-breaking to lose on opening day but there were a lot of positives that did come out of this loss.
EJ Manuel looked like he did in his two preseason games and was on point. The offense was able to, for the most part, stay with the up-tempo style of play calling and coaching that they did during preseason. Jackson and Spiller were able to move the ball on the ground without to much of an issue. The defense looked great. McKelvin was able to step up along with Searcy and make plays that the defense needed them too, especially with a young secondary. The defensive line was able to create pressure on Brady and force him to make throws he did not want to. Ultimately in the end though, a loss is a loss.
I think where the Bills got hung up is in the 4th quarter, when the up-tempo style came back to bit them in the butt. They left way to much time on the clock with a 3 and out and inevitably, Brady used the clock to his advantage and left only 8 seconds on the clock when Gastowski kicked the go ahead and winning field goal.
The Buffalo Bills need to put the loss to the Patriots behind them and look forward to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this week. Carolina, like Buffalo, comes off a close and heartbreaking loss to the Seattle Seahawks, 12-7. The Panther will not be a push over either for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills need to come out fast and hard and take control of the game. The Panthers have a very good ground attack with Williams. Newton is also able to run as well as get it done in the air. The defense needs to be ready and willing to do what it takes to stop the Panthers offense.