While a struggling team this year, the Panthers (5-8) need to be taken seriously in a must-win scenario. They have a roster filled with talent.
With that, here are four players the Bills (7-6) must game plan for heading into their upcoming game vs. Carolina:
Stephon Gilmore #9 of the Carolina Panthersa. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
The Bills are well aware of Stephon Gilmore… obviously, considering he was a first-round pick of the team previously. But he also spent an extensive time in the AFC East with the New England Patriots as well.
Gilmore will likely follow Stefon Diggs around the field. Gilmore vs. the Bills wide receiver will be a great matchup to watch this week.
WR DJ Moore
Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
The problem for DJ Moore is that he doesn’t exactly have a great quarterback throwing him the ball ever. It’s likely going to be a mix of Cam Newton and PJ Walker. Still, he has talent. Whether it’s cornerback Levi Wallace following him around the field or another plan, the Bills have to be ready to slow him down so they can focus on Carolina’s rushing attack.
Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson (7) Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
The Bills might not face a better linebacker this season than Shaq Thompson. He’s truthfully what they’re hoping Tremaine Edmunds becomes because he can do a bit of everything.
Pro Football Focus currently grades him as the eighth-best linebacker in the NFL. Like how the Bills avoided running the ball at all in the first half last week, they might want to stay away from running it at Thompson.
Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Haason Reddick,. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Haason Reddick comes to Orchard Park with 10.5 sacks this season. He’s probably going to lineup across from Spencer Brown and the rookie really needs to have a bounce-back effort because he struggled last week. If the Bills can, they’ll probably have an extra blocker on Rddick or allow tight end Dawson Knox to chip him.