Matchup Watch /

The Buffalo News - - NFL SUNDAY -

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

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