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Buffalo Bills news, 9/14: Panthers pose run "D" problems

The Buffalo Bills will have their hands full with the Carolina Panthers' rushing attack.

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Bills Focus: Doug Marrone Panthers Preview -

"The Bills head coach talks about how aggressive to be when facing Cam Newton, facing a tough Panthers defense, and what the team will do on kick returns without Marquise Goodwin."

Bills’ run defense awaits stiff test in Panthers - The Buffalo News

"The Bills’ base defense, with three down linemen and four linebackers, looked pretty good against the Pats’ run game. The Pats gained 37 yards on 10 carries against the Bills’ "regular" front seven, not counting goal-line and kneel-down plays. That included one 20-yard run."

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Fred, EJ gather extra intel on Panthers -
"I actually talked to Marshawn (Lynch) and he said they’re a pretty good group of guys, so it will be a good test for us," said Jackson. "(They are) active. All those guys, their linebackers as far as down-hill, they read, react and they get there fast. It will be a good test for us, we know that."

Inside The Bills | Report: Moats fined
"According to the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, Moats was docked $7,875 for the facemask penalty, which came on a punt return by Edelman in the first quarter. Moats was flagged for a 15-yard penalty on the play."

Inside The Bills | CB Josh Thomas to start vs. Bills Sunday
"He gave up the game-winning touchdown pass to the Seahawks last week in Carolina’s Week 1 loss to Seattle, but CB Josh Thomas will remain in the Panthers starting lineup on defense."

Inside The Bills | Hopkins update
"Dan Carpenter will handle field goals and kickoffs again this Sunday against Carolina."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 9-13
Chris Brown answers questions on Stephon Gilmore's return timeline, the injured reserve return list, Duke Williams, drafting a quarterback every year, and Jamaal Westerman's background.

Football journey: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan - ESPN
"After a strong preseason that earned him a spot on the active roster, Hogan has settled into Buffalo. Here is his full Q&A with this week:"

What to watch for: Buffalo Bills-Carolina Panthers - ESPN
The Pats' blueprint for C.J. Spiller, the training wheels on offense, the run defense and those pesky penalties are the four things Mike Rodak is watching for.

Grading the Bills' 53: Safeties - ESPN
Good marks until you get to reliability. Thanks Jairus Byrd's feet.

What to watch: Panthers at Bills -
The Panthers beat writer talks about what Carolina fans should watch for in the game. It's a brief overview of a few Bills and how Carolina might combat them.

Carolina Panthers ready for what Buffalo Bills’ defense throws at them |
"When Cam Newton looks across the line Sunday, he’ll see a Buffalo Bills defense that rarely looks the same on consecutive plays."

First-Rounders In Focus: Week 1 - Pro Football Focus
"Analysis: Finished ninth overall in our Accuracy Percentage ratings as he did his best to make Buffalo competitive against the Patriots. The kind of debut you're grateful for from a rookie quarterback."

Three Things To Focus On: Panthers @ Bills - Pro Football Focus
Spiller, Manuel, and the interior lines are what they are focusing on.