Panthers vs. Bills: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Time and Predictions

Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers line backer Luke Kuechly (59) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers vs. Bills suddenly features two of the most interesting quarterbacks in the NFL. Carolina’s Cam Newton is a known commodity as a special player, but Buffalo rookie EJ Manuel looked great last week in a loss to the New England Patriots.

Something will have to give when Newton and Co. travel to New York to take on the Bills. Both teams will be looking to bounce back from Week 1 losses and prevent and 0-2 start that could cripple the season.

Here’s everything fans need to know.

 

Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, New York

When:  September 15, 2013,  1:00 PM ET

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, Game Rewind

 

Panthers Player to Watch: Cam Newton

Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) keeps the ball on a quarterback sneak during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium. Seahawks win 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton had a horrible game last week. Yes, Carolina had to go up against an elite Seattle defense, but under 150 passing yards is not going to get it done.

Things get a bit easier this week for Newton against the Bills, but he’ll have to prove he can elevate his play on the road. The Buffalo defense has a nice pass-rush and Newton is going to have to use his feet to pull this game out on the road.

 

Bills Player to Watch: C.J. Spiller

Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs with the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of players who had a bad game last week, C.J. Spiller was next to nonexistent last week against New England. With how well the Panthers’ defense played last week against Seattle, that could be a recurring theme for Spiller.

Bottom line — Spiller is going to need a major game against a quality Carolina front seven. EJ Manuel won’t be able to do it on his own. Spiller is one of the NFL’s best and he’s going to need to play like it for his team to avoid a predictable 0-2 start.

 

Matchup to Watch: Cam Newton vs. Bills Pass Rush

Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) runs with the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) pursues during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Newton is the key in this game. He doesn’t have a lot to work with around him, so what he is able to do on his own will go a long way in deciding the contest.

Mario Williams and Co. need to put pressure on Newton at all times, because if he actually has time to throw he does have the ability to pick apart a defense. More important is not letting Newton get out on the run where he makes his biggest plays.

 

Prediction

Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) with the ball in the first quarter. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 12-7 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Road team loses here as well.

As good as EJ Manuel has looked, and as good as the draft class overall is starting to look, the Panthers are simply a better team at this point and playing at a higher level.

Newton is not going to get held down every week, and the Buffalo defense simply does not have enough to contain him. Carolina quietly has one of the better defenses in the league thanks to additions like Star Lotulelei, and they’ll make their presence known in Buffalo.

Carolina 35, Buffalo 28

Topics: AFC, AFC East, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Live Stream, NFC, NFC South, Odds, Predictions, Preview, TV Schedule

Want more from NFL Spin Zone?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

TEAMFeed More NFL Spin Zone news from the Fansided Network

Hot on the Web From golf.com