The Buffalo Bills offense went nowhere for most of the day on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The supposed engine for that side of the ball - the running game - was corralled into check by the Panthers all day.
Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy was held to just nine yards on 12 rushes in the game, including an 11-yard loss in the second half. He had nowhere to run most of the day and was stopped on a 4th-and-1 attempt early in the second half when Buffalo’s offense could get nothing going. After placing third in the league rushing the ball after one week, it’s safe to say he’ll fall from that ranking. A week after leading the league in rushing, most of the Bills’ 69 yards on the ground came from Tyrod Taylor scrambles.
The offensive line didn’t do a great job against a stout Panthers front-7. Julius Peppers tallied two sacks against right tackle Jordan Mills and Mario Addison added another. Taylor frequently needed to escape from pressure in his face and on the sides. Left tackle Cordy Glenn left the game at halftime with an ankle injury, leaving the Bills with no one to sub in for Mills even if they had wanted. Buffalo takes on Von Miller a week from now and need to get their pass blocking situation taken care of.