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NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: Carolina Panthers 21, Buffalo Bills 0

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks downfield for tight end Stephen Sullivan (84) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield threw for 89 yards and two touchdowns to finish his offseason on a high and put his Carolina Panthers out of sight of the Buffalo Bills.

In the end, the Panthers beat the Bills 21-0 in a result that never really looked in doubt.

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Offensive player spotlight: Mayfield went 5-of-9 for 48 yards and two touchdowns from a clean pocket. He threw 6.9 yards down the field on average and short of the sticks on 60% of his attempts.

Defensive player spotlight: Panthers LB Frankie Luvu racked up four defensive stops against the run and two hurries as a blitzer.

Rookie player spotlight: Panthers guard Cade Mays kept a completely clean slate in pass protection on first review. He didn't allow a single pressure across 15 snaps.

Early offensive line analysis: The Bills offensive line was far from great tonight, giving up two sacks and 10 hurries across 30 snaps. It could have gone worse, too: They also combined for a further 10 losses that didn't end up as pressure.

Betting Summary

Betting Odds Closing Result
Spread
CAR -5.5
CAR Covers
O/U 41
Under

Box Score

Passing
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Matt Barkley 4.0 9/13 100 7.7 0 0
Case Keenum 0.9 8/13 46 3.5 0 1
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Baker Mayfield 12.0 9/15 89 5.9 2 0
Sam Darnold 8.1 5/11 49 4.5 0 0
PJ Walker 2.0 8/10 50 5.0 0 0
Rushing
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Raheem Blackshear 7.9 13 47 3.6 0 12
Matt Barkley 4.0 1 0 0.0 0 0
Duke Johnson 3.2 6 20 3.3 0 10
James Cook 2.3 3 13 4.3 0 9
Case Keenum 0.9 2 1 0.5 0 2
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Baker Mayfield 12.0 1 4 4.0 0 4
John Lovett 11.1 14 35 2.5 0 7
D'Onta Foreman 9.6 3 6 2.0 0 5
Sam Darnold 8.1 2 1 0.5 1 1
Chuba Hubbard 5.9 4 4 1.0 0 7
Giovanni Ricci 1.8 1 0 0.0 0 0
Receiving
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Neil Pau'u 8.6 5 4 46 9.2 0
Raheem Blackshear 7.9 2 2 12 6.0 0
Isaiah Hodgins 5.9 6 4 19 3.2 0
Tommy Sweeney 5.6 2 2 36 18.0 0
Duke Johnson 3.2 2 1 2 1.0 0
Jake Kumerow 2.4 3 1 14 4.7 0
James Cook 2.3 1 1 0 0.0 0
Quintin Morris 2.2 3 1 12 4.0 0
Tanner Gentry 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 0
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Shi Smith 12.2 4 3 32 8.0 1
John Lovett 11.1 4 4 36 9.0 0
D'Onta Foreman 9.6 2 2 10 5.0 1
Chuba Hubbard 5.9 6 3 25 4.2 0
Tommy Tremble 5.3 4 3 23 5.8 0
Charleston Rambo 4.1 3 2 21 7.0 0
Stephen Sullivan 3.1 1 1 21 21.0 0
Giovanni Ricci 1.8 1 1 8 8.0 0
Derek Wright 1.6 1 1 6 6.0 0
Ra'Shaun Henry 1.3 2 1 3 1.5 0
Josh Babicz 1.3 1 1 3 3.0 0
Rashard Higgins 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0
Terrace Marshall Jr. 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0

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