CHARLOTTE – An improbable touchdown catch by rookie wide receiver
"We have a lot of things to improve on, but this is really good tape," head coach Ron Rivera said. "When we watch this tape we are going to pick up some really good things."
"(Cam) is right on track," Rivera said. "There is a good opportunity for him to play this coming week."
Said Newton: "It's about my progression. There's a plan that's in place for me to get back. Do I want to be out there? Absolutely I do. That's just the competitive person in me. But I have to be smart."
On the first series of the game, the Bills drove deep into Carolina territory but were turned away at the goal line.
Running back Fred Jackson was stopped for no gain on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, and he was stuffed by cornerback
"We say it all the time – it doesn't matter where you put the ball, they are not getting in," Godfrey said. "That's our culture. That's what we're made of on defense."
After a Carolina three-and-out, Dan Carpenter put the Bills ahead with a 19-yard field goal, but the Panthers answered on the ensuing possession.
That's when Anderson lofted a deep pass down the sideline for rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who got his feet tangled and stumbled, yet still managed to secure the touchdown catch as he fell in the end zone.
"The whole time I was stumbling I kept my eyes on the ball and followed it all the way to the ground," Benjamin said. "In a split second I just stuck my arms up between the ball and the ground and I caught it. It was crazy."
Anderson, who finished 5-of-7 for 65 yards, played one more series before making way for
Carolina's starting offensive line, minus center
Overall, Rivera was pleased with the job the offensive line did keeping Anderson clean.
"We were very, very pleased with what we got from the offensive line," Rivera said. "I'd like to see us run block a little bit better, but they were very physical, very aggressive."
Following a lost fumble by Blanchard, running back Anthony Dixon scored a 1-yard touchdown to give the Bills a 10-6 lead with 4:04 remaining in the second quarter.
Another Carolina turnover led to more points by the opposition. Blanchard overthrew wide receiver
Carpenter converted a 42-yard field goal in the closing seconds to give Buffalo a 13-6 halftime advantage.
Joe Webb took over at quarterback for Carolina in the second half and brought some rhythm to the offense. He completed 16-of-28 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown and also led the Panthers in rushing with 30 yards on four carries.
"Joe Webb gave us a little bit of a lift and gave us a chance to win," Rivera said.
Rookie running back
Buffalo extended its lead to 20-12 when Tuel rolled right and connected with wide receiver Chris Summers for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal.
A 31-yard touchdown catch by tight end
The onside kick recovery gave Carolina another chance, but the Panthers' third turnover of the night spelled the end.
The only injuries of note were suffered by tight end
"There were some good things. As expected with the first preseason game, there is a lot we need to grow from," tight end Greg Olsen said. "We learned about a lot of guys, and we'll continue through the process."