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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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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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The Denver Broncos have declared OG Ben Garland, RB Kapri Bibbs, OT Michael Schofield, DL Mitch Unrein, RB Montee Ball, S Omar Bolden, LB Steven Johnson inactive for Week 8.

Manti Te'oOct 23 07:02p

The San Diego Chargers have declared CB Steve Williams, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Donald Brown, LB Manti Te'o, LBs Jeremiah Attaochu and Cordarro Law inactive for Week 8.

Perry RileyOct 23 05:49p

Washington Redskins LB Perry Riley (knee) will start as soon as he is healthy enough to do so, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

John SullivanOct 23 05:46p

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Justin TuckOct 23 05:42p

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Brett KeiselOct 23 05:42p

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Lance BriggsOct 23 05:42p

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Quentin GrovesOct 23 05:42p

Tennessee Titans LB Quentin Groves (ankle) and CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand) and TE Taylor Thompson (knee) were limited.

Zach MettenbergerOct 23 05:34p

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger has been named the starting quarterback for Week 8, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. QB Jake Locker will serve as the backup quarterback.

Sharrif FloydOct 23 05:32p

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Nick MangoldOct 23 05:32p

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Dashon GoldsonOct 23 05:22p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Brandon Magee (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring), OT Anthony Collins (knee), FS Dashon Goldson (ankle) and CB Keith Tandy [ More ]

Daryl SmithOct 23 05:22p

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty (wrist) and LB Daryl Smith (non-injury) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OT Eugene Monroe (knee) and OG Kelechi Osemele (knee) practiced in full.

Colt McCoyOct 23 05:22p

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy will start Week 8, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Josh McCownOct 23 05:12p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Brandon ThompsonOct 23 04:52p

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (rest) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OG Clint Boling (rest) and CB Leon Hall (back) were limited, while TE Kevin Brock (neck), LB [ More ]

A.J. GreenOct 23 04:52p

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) sat out of practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.

Morgan BurnettOct 23 04:42p

Green Bay Packers S Morgan Burnett (calf) and CB Sam Shields (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. DE Datone Jones (ankle) was limited.

James StarksOct 23 04:42p

Green Bay Packers RB James Starks (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, after not practicing Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Thomas DavisOct 23 04:33p

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Pierre ThomasOct 23 04:22p

New Orleans RB Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

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Mario WilliamsOct 23 04:22p

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Rashad JohnsonOct 23 04:12p

Arizona Cardinals S Rashad Johnson (knee) underwent an MRI exam on his patellar tendon Monday, Oct. 20, that came back negative. Head coach Bruce Arians said Johnson is dealing with some tendonitis.

Jack CrawfordOct 23 04:12p

Dallas Cowboys DE Jack Crawford (calf), OT Doug Free (foot) and S Jakar Hamilton (non-injury) all did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LB Bruce Carter (thigh) and DE Anthony [ More ]

Alan BallOct 23 04:02p

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Alan Ball (biceps) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and is considered highly unlikely to play in Week 8, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

Toby GerhartOct 23 03:52p

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Trent RichardsonOct 23 03:32p

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John BoyettOct 23 03:32p

The Denver Broncos released FS John Boyett from their practice squad Thursday, Oct. 23.

Gosder CherilusOct 23 03:32p

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