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Panthers-Bills Capsule

By The Associated Press
    2013-09-12 11:14

CAROLINA (0-1) At BUFFALO (0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 2-1/2

2013 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 0-1; Buffalo 1-0

SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 4-1

LAST MEETING - Bills beat Panthers 20-9, Oct. 25, 2009

LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Seahawks 12-7; Bills lost to Patriots 23-21

AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 23; Bills No. 28

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (5), PASS (30)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (11), PASS (22)

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (4), PASS (28)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (30), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Rare meeting between non-conference opponents with Panthers making fourth trip to Orchard Park, where they are 1-2. ... Panthers haven't had winning record since closing 2008 season at 12-4. They're attempting to avoid fourth 0-2 start in five years. ... QB Cam Newton managed career-low 125 yards passing against Seattle in first game under coordinator Mike Shula. ... With 8,045 career yards passing, Newton first NFL player with 8,000 yards passing, 40 TDs passing (41), 1,000 yards rushing (1,485) and 20 TDs rushing (22) in first 33 games. ... Since Week 9 of last season, Newton has 6-4 record with 20 TDs (15 passing, five rushing) and only four interceptions. ... Defense has not allowed more than 70 yards rushing in past five games dating to last season, a stretch in which Panthers are giving up 57 yards per game. ... By sacking Russell Wilson last week, DE Charles Johnson upped his career total to 44 since 2007. He has 30 1/2 sacks in his past 39 games. ... LB Luke Kuechly, last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, had 10 tackles last week, giving him a league-best 173 since the start of last season. ... Bills rookie coach Doug Marrone attempting to avoid becoming fifth of past six Buffalo coaches to open first season 0-2. Chan Gailey went 0-8 in 2010. Dick Jauron went 1-1 in 2006. Mike Mularkey (2004) and Gregg Williams (2001) both opened 0-4. And Wade Phillips went 0-3 in 1998. ... QB EJ Manuel went 18 of 27 for 150 yards and two TDs in becoming first Buffalo rookie to start opener since Joe Ferguson in 1973. ... Manuel's 27 passing attempts were second most by NFL rookie in Week 1 debut without interception or sack. Baltimore's Joe Flacco went 15 of 29 for 129 yards in 2007 Week 1 win over Cincinnati, according to STATS LLC. ... Buffalo's 22:17 time of possession against Patriots fewest by team since 22:08 in 27-11 loss to Jets on Nov. 6, 2011. ... Bills allowed Patriots to convert 11 of 20 third-down chances - most third-down conversions allowed by Buffalo in regulation since Tennessee had 11 of 17 in 41-17 win on Nov. 15, 2009. ... Bills are 7-19 since opening 2011 season at 5-2.

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Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Peyton ManningDec 18 07:22p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, illness) said his illness is behind him, and he was receiving treatment for his thigh Thursday, Dec. 18. Head coach John Fox called Manning day-to-day.

Roy MillerDec 18 07:12p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Andre Branch, CB Jeremy Harris, SS Matt Daniels, DL Roy Miller, CB Teddy Williams, WR Tommy Streeter, OG Tyler Shatley inactive for Week 16.

Tommy StreeterDec 18 07:12p

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared DL Andre Branch, CB Jeremy Harris, SS Matt Daniels, DL Roy Miller, CB Teddy Williams, WR Tommy Streeter, OG Tyler Shatley inactive for Week 16.

Kendall WrightDec 18 07:12p

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) is active for Week 16 after being limited in practice all week.

Frank GoreDec 18 07:02p

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) continues through the concussion protocol this week, but head coach Jim Harbaugh anticipates Gore suiting up in Week 16 against the San [ More ]

Julius ThomasDec 18 06:52p

Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) played just 29 snaps in Week 15; only ten of them were pass routes, according to Pro Football Focus.

Rashad JenningsDec 18 06:12p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Carlos HydeDec 18 05:52p

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

DeAndre HopkinsDec 18 05:42p

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 18.

Blake BortlesDec 18 04:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has earned positive reviews from the team in his rookie season after being thrust into the spotlight early this year. 'That is not the [ More ]

Jay CutlerDec 18 04:12p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was benched just for this week against the Detroit Lions, according to head coach Marc Trestman. Cutler will be active and serve as the [ More ]

DeAngelo WilliamsDec 18 04:02p

Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be fitted cast that he can play with on his injured hand. Williams still has not caught a pass with the injured [ More ]

Rashad JenningsDec 18 04:02p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) has not been able to do any running this week, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

Ryan MathewsDec 18 03:42p

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Cam NewtonDec 18 02:52p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, and appears to be on track to start in Week 16, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

DeMarco MurrayDec 18 02:42p

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hand), who was expected to take some team snaps in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, is in no more risk if he plays in Week [ More ]

Cam NewtonDec 18 02:12p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) said he is not dealing with any pain in his back but is taking things one day at a time. Newton said he [ More ]

Peyton ManningDec 18 02:02p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) left practice early Thursday, Dec. 18, because he is receiving a scheduled day of rest. Manning was not limping when he was walking to the locker room.

LeSean McCoyDec 18 01:32p

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short [ More ]

Chris PolkDec 18 01:32p

Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk appears to have become the team's goal-line back of late, and two of the three snaps he played in Week 15 led to short [ More ]

Cam NewtonDec 18 01:22p

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) had an increased set of repetitions in practice Thursday, Dec. 18, and it looks like he's on track to play in Week 16 [ More ]

Rashad JenningsDec 18 12:52p

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Andre JohnsonDec 18 12:52p

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) has cleared the leagues concussion protocol and will play in the team's Week 16 game.

Julio JonesDec 18 12:12p

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Case KeenumDec 18 10:03a

Houston Texans QB Case Keenum is expected to start in Week 16.

Philip RiversDec 18 09:22a

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, according to a league source. Rivers' back injury [ More ]

LeSean McCoyDec 18 01:03a

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy opened practice on the sidelines Wednesday, Dec. 17, while RB Chris Polk opened with first-team reps. After practice McCoy did not seem too concerned. [ More ]

Ronnie HillmanDec 18 01:03a

The Denver Broncos are hopeful RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) will be able to return for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22, or for the [ More ]

Drew StantonDec 17 07:33p

Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) said this injury is different from any other he's ever had, and he said it's too soon to know if he could return [ More ]

Carlos HydeDec 17 07:03p

San Francisco 49ers RBs Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Jay CutlerDec 17 06:43p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

Jimmy ClausenDec 17 06:43p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be benched in favor of QB Jimmy Clausen in Week 16 against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

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