Matchup Watch /
Here’s a look at what figure to be some of the key battles in today’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers:
Bills C Eric Wood vs. Panthers DTs, LBs
The Bills center had a terrific start to the season against the Jets’ outstanding defensive front. It’s a back-to-back heavy lift for Wood Sunday in Carolina. The Panthers will line up either Star Lotulelei or Kawann Short over the shoulder of Wood. Both are 315-pounders and both gave San Francisco center Daniel Kilgore fits last week. Short is one of the top 10 defensive tackles in the league and signed a $16 million a year contract in April. Lotulelei is a quality gap-stuffer. Plus, Wood will have to direct traffic if Carolina employs its preferred blitzes with linebackers through the A-gaps (to either side of the center).
TE Greg Olsen vs. Bills defensive backs
Olsen ranked No. 2 in the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,073 and fourth in catches with 80. He was a home-run acquisition