Buffalo Bills news, 9/17: deconstructing the go-ahead touchdown against the Panthers

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The defense played well and EJ Manuel found Stevie Johnson when it mattered most. More links from Buffalo's win over Carolina within.

Two Right Smack: Anatomy of a game-winning play - The Buffalo News

Tim Graham uses a series of quotes from EJ Manuel, Stevie Johnson, Chris Hogan, Fred Jackson, Eric Wood, and some Panthers defenders to weave a complete narrative of Buffalo's final play. Well worth your time.

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Seems like a dawn of a new age for the Bils - The Buffalo News
Buffalo's top three draft picks from 2013 have looked the part, and getting them all with a savvy trade down was a move Jerry Sullivan called "masterful".

Bills’ Alonso makes his presence felt - The Buffalo News
"The Bills’ second-round draft pick out of Oregon has taken every one of the team’s 170 defensive snaps through the first two weeks, the only player on defense to do so."

Bills notebook: Marrone and company focused on improving, not thrilling victory - The Buffalo News
"Center Eric Wood said the Bills need to get off to a better start. In the first half against both the Patriots and Panthers, the team’s offense has managed just seven and three points, respectively."

Rex Ryan expects new schemes from old pal Mike Pettine - The Buffalo News
"It is going to be interesting," Rex Ryan said of opposing Pettine. "I've never done it before. He's kind of a brother, but I've faced my twin brother many times. So I think I'm ready for it. Maybe give him a shot before the game."

Inaction Jackson: Why Fred's non-play was a splendid moment - The Buffalo News
"The risk-reward for this catch right now is not great," Jackson recalled thinking. "If I catch the ball for a 1-yard gain, it's not going to do anything for us in the long run and will run 10 seconds off the clock."

Kyle, Marcell duo picking up steam - BuffaloBills.com
"Obviously Mario did a great job winning the one-on-one battles, which is what he has to do, but when you have other players around you that are pushing the pocket or taking the double teams off (of you), which people are going to do to Mario, it frees some people up," said head coach Doug Marrone. "Just like anything else it’s a team effort. It’s kind of chain reaction between Mario and Kyle and Marcell."

From the booth: Panthers at Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"With a couple of days to let the racing pulse settle down, we’re ready for some leftover observations from the Bills heart-breaking victory over the Panthers."

Doug Marrone: "We have a lot of work to do" - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about the team's final drive against Carolina, what he was discouraged about from the game, and what it will be like to play on the road for the first time."

Bills Focus: Big Win Builds Confidence - BuffaloBills.com
"John Murphy takes another look at the Bills thrilling victory over the Panthers, and what a win like that can do for a young team."

Inside The Bills | Must-see Bills fan reaction around the country
Videos from three Bills Backers bars.

Inside The Bills | Comments from the locker room
Marcell Dareus, Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson, C.J. Spiller, Eric Wood and Robert Woods talk to reporters on Monday.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Escape Panthers Game "As Healthy As Can Be"
Joe Buscaglia resets the injury situation.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Johnson Follows Up 'the Drop' With 'the Catch'
"Yesterday, I probably thought about a million things within that split second," Johnson said, thinking about the amount of time he had to wait for the lofted throw to plummet down into his mitts. "It was funny because it happened so fast, but I'm thinking about all this stuff. It was weird, but I'm just happy that I made that."

Sal Maiorana: Bills need more of 'Good Stevie' | Democrat and Chronicle
"There are times when you want to wrap Stevie in a bear hug because you’re so happy with him, and there are times with Stevie when you have him in that bear hug and you’d like to squeeze the life out of him because you’re so angry."

Buffalo Bills report card vs. Carolina Panthers - ESPN
Every grade went up from Week 1 except special teams. Dan Carpenter's miss didn't help.

Upon Further Review: Buffalo Bills Week 2 - ESPN
A review of four hot issues from the Buffalo Bills' 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers: Fred Jackson's intentional drop, pass protection being stellar, C.J. Spiller's reps, and another scoreless first quarter.

Blitzing could define Mike Pettine-Rex Ryan reunion in Bills-Jets - ESPN
"Opposing passers (i.e., Tom Brady and Cam Newton) have completed 50 percent of their passes when faced with five or more Bills rushers, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. And even when Brady or Newton was able to get the pass off and completed, the Bills held opposing receivers to just 8 yards per catch, sixth-best in the league."

EJ was good but credit the Bills' defense - Olean Times Herald
"As compelling as EJ Manuel’s performance was in leading the Bills to Sunday’s dramatic, 24-23, victory over Carolina at "The Ralph," a strong case could be made for the Buffalo defense’s role in the triumph."

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