Allen, Johnson lead Bills past Newton-less Panthers 27-14

Fri Aug 16 10:22pm ET
By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott watches play against the Carolina Panthers during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton walks the sidelines during the first half an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)


Buffalo Bills defensive back Levi Wallace (39) tackles Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton watches a replay with Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera on the sidelines during the first half an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)


Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) celebrates his touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera speaks with head linesman Jim Howey (37) during the first half an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen (7) runs out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)


Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs out of the pocket against the Carolina Panthers during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)


Buffalo Bills tight end Tommy Sweeney (89) runs against the Carolina Panthers during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen (7) runs out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)


Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Corn Elder (29) during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) works against the Carolina Panthers during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton poses with children before the first half an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Josh Allen completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-14 on Friday night.

Allen, who was 5-6 as a rookie starter last season, led a 13-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a field goal, and a touchdown drive capped by a 1-yard run by LeSean McCoy to put Buffalo (2-0) up 10-0 early before exiting the game.

Five of Allen's completions went to Cole Beasley for 54 yards.

Matt Barkley also looked solid, completing 8 of 10 passes for 110 yards, including a 9-yard TD pass to Duke Williams.

The Panthers (1-1) struggled mightily on offense without Cam Newton, who didn't play for the second straight week.

Buffalo's defense held Carolina to 132 yards in the first half after spending two days facing the Panthers in joint practices earlier this week. The Panthers didn't help themselves with five holding penalties before halftime.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday all of his regular starters would play, but reversed course and rested several of his star players, including running back Christian McCaffrey, tight end Greg Olsen, and linebackers Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson.

PANTHERS QBS STRUGGLE

Kyle Allen got the start for the Panthers for the second straight game and was ineffective, completing 4 of 11 passes for 32 yards while playing into the second quarter.

Rookie Will Grier, the team's third-round draft pick, had a rough start, throwing his second pass into double coverage near the sideline, resulting in a pick-6 for Johnson, who made it 17-0 with 7:20 left in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Bills: visit the Detroit Lions next Friday night.

Panthers: visit the New England Patriots on Thursday night in what could be Newton's first action of the preseason.

Player Notes
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Tajae Sharpe Sep 27 12:20pm ET

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Darren Waller Sep 27 12:03pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Higgins is off to a slow start this season with only 35 receiving yards but should be more involved in the passing game this week. He has a chance to have success against the Philadelphia Eagles and could be a flex option in deeper leagues. Tate may see a handful of targets but can be avoided in most leagues. Fantasy players should keep an eye on Ross' status to see when he will return to the lineup.

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N'Keal Harry Sep 27 11:50am ET

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Alex Smith Sep 27 11:43am ET

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Geno Atkins Sep 27 11:43am ET

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Julio Jones Sep 27 11:40am ET

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