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Panthers vs. Bills: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) hands off to safety Aaron Williams (23) against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2013

After losing a heartbreaker to the New England Patriots in Week 1, the Buffalo Bills will host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. 

Buffalo couldn't stave off Tom Brady in the final minutes, losing 23-21 after Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 35-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game. 

Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel played well in his debut, throwing two touchdowns without an interception, but the Bills struggled to convert third downs (four of 13). C.J. Spiller had a rough outing, rushing for just 41 yards on 17 carries, and his job won't get any easier this week against the Panthers. 

Carolina stuffed Marshawn Lynch on a regular basis last week, but Russell Wilson passed for 320 yards and threw a 43-yard game-winning touchdown to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter. 

Cam Newton was stifled by Seattle's "Legion of Boom" secondary, passing for just 125 yards in the contest. He'll need to rebound with a big performance to lead his team to a road victory against the Bills this week. 

Here's a look at this upcoming Panthers-Bills clash.

 

When: Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y. 

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

 

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 44 pts.
  • Spread: Buffalo (+3)

 

Panthers Injury Report (via NFL.com

Kenjon BarnerRBFoot Out
Michael MitchellSCalf Probable
Ben HartsockTEFoot Probable
Domenik HixonWRHamstring Probable
Jon BeasonLBKnee Probable
Dwan EdwardsDTHamstring Probable
James DockeryCBThumb Out
Amini SilatoluGHamstring Probable

 

Bills Injury Report (via NFL.com)  

Jairus ByrdSFoot Doubtful
Doug LegurskyCKnee Out
Dustin HopkinsKright Groin Out
Stephon GilmoreCBWrist Out
Ron BrooksCBFoot Out
Marquise GoodwinWRHand Out

 

Can Carolina Shut Down C.J. Spiller?

The Panthers drafted Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short with their first- and second-round picks with the vision that the two of them would anchor a dominant front seven. 

With Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy wreaking havoc on the edges, and Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Jon Beason running in the second level, the only thing missing last year was a strong presence in the middle. 

Problem solved. 

The Seahawks were one of the best rushing teams in the league last year, but the team was only able to rush for 70 yards against Carolina. 

Spiller was similarly stymied last week against the Patriots, and it'll take an excellent showing by him and the team's offensive line to make headway against this Panthers defense. 

 

Prediction

Buffalo's secondary isn't nearly as good as Seattle's.

Newton is going to have a much better day against the Bills, and the Panthers will be able to run the ball against them. 

The Panthers will likely shut down Buffalo's running game, putting pressure on Manuel to win the game with his arm. Although the rookie has looked solid in preseason and in Week 1, he hasn't faced a front seven like the one Carolina features.

Newton will outplay Manuel, and the Panthers will win on the road. 

 

Final Score 

Panthers win 27-17

 

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