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Peppers, Panthers' defense stymies Bills 9-3

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Julius Peppers has played 17 seasons in the NFL for pretty good defensive teams.

But he said none compares to this year's Carolina Panthers.

''This is the best one I have ever played on,'' Peppers said emphatically Sunday.

Carolina's defense allowed only three points for the second straight week, and Graham Gano converted three field goals as the Panthers held on to defeat the Buffalo Bills 9-3 to remain unbeaten.

The Panthers (2-0) held Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in check all day, limiting the Bills (1-1) to 176 yards and 10 first downs. McCoy had 9 yards on 12 carries and Taylor had 125 yards passing. The Panthers had three sacks, two by Peppers in his first home game since re-signing with them.

''I have all of the confidence and trust and belief in these guys,'' said Peppers, who has 146 career sacks . ''We all play for one another. I feel like the sky is the limit.''

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Peppers was simply awesome and is turning out to be a great fit in Carolina with three sacks in two games.

''He has found a niche with the way we rotate these guys to keep them fresh,'' Rivera said.

With Carolina's offense struggling to move the ball and tight end Greg Olsen out with a broken right foot , the Panthers didn't put the game away until 9 seconds remained when Taylor's fourth-and-11 pass sailed off diving rookie Zay Jones' fingertips .

''It was a great call by our coaching staff and a good throw by Tyrod,'' Jones said. ''I just didn't make the play to help my team win this game.''

The Panthers beat San Francisco 23-3 in Week 1.

''We'll take three points a week - that's a good showing for us,'' Peppers said.

Cam Newton was 20 of 32 for 228 yards and ran for 27 yards but was sacked six times by Sean McDermott's defense and overthrew an open Christian McCaffrey at the goal line with less than three minutes remaining that could have sealed the victory. McDermott was Panthers defensive coordinator for the previous six seasons before taking over as head coach of the Bills earlier this year.

''We knew the skill set of Cam Newton coming in,'' McDermott said. ''Our staff did a phenomenal job (with a game plan), and I just helped. We pressured him and confused him a little.''

Newton, who twisted his ankle in the third quarter but stayed in the game, said he can't afford to ''miss layups.''

It was the second straight week he overthrew an open receiver in the end zone.

''I'm disappointed in myself but happy for the overall team just to see how we battled to win a football game,'' Newton said. ''It wasn't pretty at all. But anytime you can get a win in this league, you take it and run with it. But I know I have to be better.''

Said coach Ron Rivera: ''It is tough to win in this league when all you do is kick field goals. But you have to give the Bills credit because they played hard.''

REPLACING OLSEN: The Panthers' offense now will have to find a way to fill in for Olsen, who is coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Olsen injured his foot in the first half. He will see Dr. Robert Anderson on Monday, but said he expects to be out a while.

McCOY A NON-FACTOR: McCoy has reached the 3,000 yards receiving mark for his career. He is the fourth active running back to achieve the feat, joining Darren Sproles, Matt Forte and Frank Gore.

McCoy had 34 yards receiving on six catches but couldn't break loose for any big gains.

''I'll give them credit, their team, their defense,'' McCoy said. ''We just didn't get it done. I didn't get it done.''

GETTING HIS KICKS: Gano was locked in a kicking battle in the preseason, but is 6 for 6 on field goal attempts so far this season.

''I'm feeling pretty good,'' Gano said. ''Just trying to chop away.''

TAYLOR MOVES UP: With his 9-yard completion on the opening drive, Taylor moved into seventh place on the team's all-time passing yards list, passing Dennis Shaw (6,286). Taylor now has 6,291 passing yards.

INJURIES

Bills OT Cordy Glenn injured his ankle and did not return. Bills DT Marcell Dareus left the game briefly with an ankle injury but did return.

Olsen left in the second quarter. Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin left after taking a brutal hit to his left shoulder in the end zone from Bills FS Jordan Poyer, but did return. Two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil developed a kink in his neck before the game and didn't play. He was replaced by Tyler Larsen.

UP NEXT

Bills: Host Denver next Sunday.

Panthers: Host New Orleans next Sunday.

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Key Players
T. Taylor 5 QB
125 PaYds, 55 RuYds
10
FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
228 PaYds, 27 RuYds
11
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:35
G.Gano 20 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
15
plays
73
yds
8:34
pos
3
9
Field Goal 11:09
S.Hauschka 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-R.Ferguson, Holder-C.Schmidt.
9
plays
30
yds
4:18
pos
3
6
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:02
G.Gano 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
10
plays
46
yds
6:51
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:49
G.Gano 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
13
plays
59
yds
6:11
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 21:07 38:53
1st Downs 10 19
Rushing 2 6
Passing 8 12
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 4-13 7-16
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 176 255
Total Plays 51 66
Avg Gain 3.5 3.9
Net Yards Rushing 69 77
Rush Attempts 23 28
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 2.8
Net Yards Passing 107 178
Comp. - Att. 17-25 20-32
Yards Per Pass 4.3 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-18 6-50
Penalties - Yards 5-44 6-40
Touchdowns 0 0
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-49.5 6-41.5
Return Yards 2 30
Punts - Returns 2-2 5-30
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 1/1 3/3
Extra Points 0/0 0/0
Field Goals 1/1 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 0-0 -0% 0-3 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 0-2 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bills 1-1 00033
Panthers 2-0 33039
107 PASS YDS 178
69 RUSH YDS 77
176 TOTAL YDS 255
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68% 125 0 0 79.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68% 125 0 0 79.6
T. Taylor 17/25 125 0 0 10
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 55 0
T. Taylor 8 55 0 13 10
L. McCoy 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 9 0
L. McCoy 12 9 0 6 3
M. Tolbert 35 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
M. Tolbert 3 5 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. McCoy 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 34 0
L. McCoy 7 6 34 0 11 3
J. Matthews 87 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 30 0
J. Matthews 3 3 30 0 15 3
C. Clay 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 23 0
C. Clay 3 3 23 0 12 2
A. Holmes 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
A. Holmes 4 2 18 0 9 1
Z. Jones 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
Z. Jones 6 2 18 0 12 1
M. Tolbert 35 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 2 0
M. Tolbert 1 1 2 0 2 0
P. DiMarco 42 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
P. DiMarco 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Humber 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
R. Humber 7-4 0.0 0 0
J. Poyer 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 1.0
J. Poyer 7-4 1.0 0 0
L. Alexander 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 1.0
L. Alexander 6-4 1.0 0 0
T. White 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. White 4-2 0.0 0 0
J. Hughes 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
J. Hughes 4-2 2.0 0 0
E. Gaines 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
E. Gaines 2-2 0.0 0 0
L. Johnson 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Lawson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.0
S. Lawson 2-3 1.0 0 0
C. Anderson 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Anderson 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Holmes 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Holmes 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Thornton 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
C. Thornton 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Lacey 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Lacey 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Yarbrough 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
E. Yarbrough 1-0 1.0 0 0
P. Brown 52 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-7 0 0.0
P. Brown 0-7 0.0 0 0
M. Dareus 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Dareus 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Davis 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Davis 0-1 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-6 0 0.0
K. Williams 0-6 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 4 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/1 0/0
S. Hauschka 1/1 45 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Schmidt 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 49.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 49.5 2
C. Schmidt 6 49.5 2 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Clay 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 1.0 2 0
K. Clay 2 1.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 228 0 0 83.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 228 0 0 83.9
C. Newton 20/32 228 0 0 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Stewart 28 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 40 0
J. Stewart 15 40 0 10 4
C. Newton 1 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
C. Newton 5 27 0 15 11
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 10 0
C. McCaffrey 8 10 0 6 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Benjamin 13 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 77 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 77 0
K. Benjamin 8 6 77 0 18 7
D. Funchess 17 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 68 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 68 0
D. Funchess 7 4 68 0 24 6
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 34 0
C. McCaffrey 5 4 34 0 14 4
E. Dickson 84 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 26 0
E. Dickson 3 2 26 0 20 2
G. Olsen 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 10 0
G. Olsen 2 1 10 0 10 1
C. Samuel 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 7 0
C. Samuel 3 2 7 0 8 0
R. Shepard 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 6 0
R. Shepard 2 1 6 0 6 0
J. Stewart 28 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
J. Stewart 1 0 0 0 0 4
D. Byrd 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
D. Byrd 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Davis 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
T. Davis 5-2 0.0 0 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Bradberry 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
J. Peppers 4-2 2.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
M. Addison 4-0 1.0 0 0
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
L. Kuechly 3-2 0.0 0 1
D. Worley 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Worley 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Munnerlyn 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Munnerlyn 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Johnson 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Short 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Lotulelei 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
S. Lotulelei 1-2 0.0 0 0
K. Coleman 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
K. Coleman 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Norris 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Norris 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Adams 1-1 0.0 0 0
V. Butler 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
V. Butler 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Green-Thompson 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Love 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Love 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 42 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Mayo 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Mayo 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Gano 9 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
3/3 0/0
G. Gano 3/3 34 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 41.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 41.5 2
M. Palardy 6 41.5 2 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 6.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 6.0 11 0
C. McCaffrey 5 6.0 11 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:49 BUF 25 1:06 3 9 Punt
2:25 BUF 10 2:01 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:01 BUF 2 3:08 6 10 Punt
2:02 BUF 25 0:32 3 -4 Punt
0:06 BUF 21 0:06 1 -2 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 25 2:27 6 30 Downs
10:35 BUF 21 2:13 4 7 Punt
6:13 BUF 14 2:50 6 23 Punt
0:27 BUF 43 4:18 9 30 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:35 BUF 25 2:26 11 42 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 25 6:11 13 59 FG
7:43 CAR 14 5:18 8 41 Punt
0:24 CAR 40 3:23 6 21 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:53 CAR 44 6:51 10 46 FG
1:30 CAR 38 1:24 4 1 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 CAR 46 1:58 3 -8 Punt
8:22 CAR 30 2:09 3 -7 Punt
3:23 CAR 18 2:56 6 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:09 CAR 25 8:34 15 73 FG
0:09 CAR 33 0:09 1 -1 Game