Panthers staring down depleted Bills secondary


The Panthers needed to fix their passing game this week, and the Bills offer a chance.

The Bills will be without safety Jairus Byrd and cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks, but the Panthers didn’t look like the kind of team that could take advantage a week ago.

Against the Seahawks, Cam Newton completed one pass to a non-Steve Smith wideout, a 10-yarder to Ted Ginn. They at least kept all their receivers active, giving former Giants wideout Domenik Hixon a uniform after he was down last week.

Getting the ball downfield more will be a priority for the Panthers, but eclipsing last week’s 5.4 yards per attempt shouldn’t be that hard.