Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers: Final pregame thoughts and how to watch

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This matchup favors the Buffalo Bills’ defense

The Panthers’ offense has been repugnant this season. After starting the year with quarterback Sam Darnold, who has been on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, Carolina now calls on the services of the turnover-prone, Cam Newton.

Since being signed by the Panthers in November, Newton has thrown just as many touchdowns as he has interceptions. He’s also been benched twice this season in his last four games, in favor of former XFL star, P.J. Walker.

The Panthers rank 27th in yards, 31st in touchdowns, 24th in points, and near the bottom of the league in just about every meaningful offensive statistic. Simply put, the Panthers’ offense is not a threat to this Bills’ defense.

All season long, the Bills’ defense has been its strong suit. It feasts on average to below-average offenses. Buffalo’s defensive unit has forced 26 turnovers this season while the Panthers’ offense has turned the ball over 23 times.

This matchup sets up nicely for a Bills defense that has been near the top of the league’s rankings through 14 weeks. And they should continue their dominance this week over yet another inferior offense.