Consensus line: Panthers by 71⁄ Prediction: This will be a homecoming for Bills coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane, who both came to Buffalo from Carolina. McDermott was the Panthers’ defensive coordinator and has some insights on their personnel and strategy. QB Cam Newton is hoping to regain his 2015 form, when he led
the Panthers to the Super Bowl. Last year, he completed an alarmingly low 52.9 percent of his passes. RBs Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart could struggle to gain ground vs. the Bills, so Newton will have to target his wideouts a bit more. It will be intriguing to see how Bills QB Tyrod Taylor handles the pass rush and a hostile crowd.
uSTART: Panthers QB Cam Newton. Showing no signs of being injured, Newton finished with 171 yards and two touchdown passes in Week 1. He was efficient in the pocket and didn’t try to make big plays with his legs.
uSIT: Taylor was productive against the Jets. He finished with 224 passing yards, 38 rushing yards and two passing TDs. This week, the matchup is a tough one on the road against a Panthers secondary that allowed just 5.5 yards per reception in Week 1.