Bills vs. Panthers Halftime Thoughts

The Buffalo Bills offense was the story of the first half of the preseason game between the Bills and Carolina Panthers.

At halftime, the Buffalo Bills lead the Carolina Panthers 14-10. Buffalo’s offense stole the show by moving the ball extremely well in the first half.

Here are some quick thoughts on the Bills at halftime.

-Matt Cassel’s drives didn’t lead to any points, but he was efficient in his appearance. He ‘dinked and dunked’ but was very accurate with the football. Penalties stalled the drives and Jordan Gay butchered a field goal attempt, but those mistakes weren’t on Cassel.

-Karlos Williams looks like an absolute steal for the Buffalo. The fifth round pick doesn’t shy away from contact and he doesn’t dance around in the backfield. The rookie scored his first NFL touchdown on Friday night and made a great first impression. Fred Jackson will still contribute quite a bit this season, but Williams may pass Jackson on the depth chart at some point this season.

-Tyrod Taylor showed what he can bring to the Bills offense with some terrific runs. Not only did Taylor pick up good yardage on his runs, he also drew two penalties. Taylor showed beautiful touch on a pass in the end zone to Deonte Thompson, but Thompson let the ball fall through his hands. That said, Taylor led the Bills to two touchdowns in his first two drives. In his third drive, Taylor and the Bills turned the ball over on downs during their two minute drill. In all, he passed for 49 yards and rushed for 47 yards on six carries.

-John Miller looked outstanding at guard. He held his own against Carolina’s defense and showed that he can really move on the field. Outstanding performance from Miller.

-Cam Newton completed a long pass to Ted Ginn Jr. while in coverage on Ronald Darby. The rookie had terrific coverage but the pass was absolutely perfect. Later in the drive, Darby gave up a touchdown against Kelvin Benjamin. The receiver towered over Darby and Newton delivered a perfect jump ball to Benjamin on the play. The rookie will be tested quite a bit during the preseason and he’ll have to have a short memory.

-Marquise Goodwin only needed one catch to showcase his playmaking ability. He took a short pass for a 29 yard gain by showing off his speed. Goodwin has to feel excited to be a part of the offense after seldom being used by the previous coaching staff in 2014.

-Bryce Brown is a really talented guy. He can run and catch the ball well and his skills were on display against the Panthers. Brown gained 27 yards and a touchdown on three carries. Brown’s fumbling will probably be his downfall in Buffalo, but he’ll get a shot elsewhere due to his natural ability on the field.

-Buffalo finished the first half with 125 rushing yards. Rex Ryan has to be happy with the combination of ground and pound and Taylor’s razzle-dazzle.


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