Peppers -- and the defense -- saves day for Panthers vs. Buffalo

Peppers -- and the defense -- saves day for Panthers vs. Buffalo

The Panthers defense simply torpedoed the Bills' offense.

The Panthers lead the Bills 6-0 in the 2nd half. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed time in the first half with an ankle injury and left tackle Cordy Glenn was sidelined in the second half also with an ankle injury.

Coach Ron Rivera put the game in the defense's hands late in the game, kicking a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 2 with less than three minutes to go.

Taylor was 17 of 25 for 125 yards through the air.

Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers started with one first down in the first half, and for much of the game, the Bills' offense looked as bad as any in the league. It changed possession and cemented the Carolina Panthers' 9-3 victory.

Cam Newton was 20 of 32 for 228 yards but was sacked six times by Sean McDermott's defense.

Julius Peppers: At age 37, Peppers six tackles, including two sacks of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, giving him 146 in his 16-year career. But the Panthers (2-0) never found the end zone, despite twice reaching the red zone.

But Tyrod Taylor's offense couldn't complete the comeback Sunday, with his fourth-down pass going off the finger tips of rookie Zay Jones, who was open but overthrown.

The Bills would eventually get on the board when Stephen Hauschka banked in a 45 yard field goal off the right up right and through to cut the deficit down to 6-3. He had nifty runs of 15 and 10 yards on broken plays in the first quarter alone. The Panthers face the visiting New Orleans Saints next week.