The Buffalo Bills were able to hold on to a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter edging the Carolina Panthers 20-18 to earn their first win of the preseason.
EJ Manuel looked a little bit sharper than Sunday's performance, as he connected with Chris Hogan for a long completion and threw a dart to Mike Williams. Still, the first offense was unable to score a touchdown, coming away with just three points on two trips to the redzone. Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 21 yards. Buffalo's first-team defense looked sharp again, as did the other defensive groups. The Bills forced turnovers and held Carolina to just 69 yards on the ground.
Thad Lewis worked with Buffalo's second offense and looked just as dreadful as he did Sunday against New York. Jeff Tuel also had a rough game, throwing a bad interception in the third quarter, but he at least salvaged a touchdown which would prove to be the game-winning score.
Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon continued to impress with explosive plays and power running. Brown showed his elusiveness and his speed, while Dixon showed that he could be a real power back for Buffalo. Dixon scored a rushing touchdown from the goal line and nearly scored on a leap nearly from the five-yard-line. Both running backs are proving their worthiness of a roster spot thus far.
Buffalo will play their third preseason game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
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