Coach McDermott's Carolina homecoming not just another game

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SouthEnd's Sycamore Brewery will be getting in on the tailgating too, running a shuttle to Bank of American Stadium.

Newton wasn't in the mood to talk about his performance against the 49ers during his press conference on Wednesday, saying he's turned his focus to preparing for Carolina's home opener Sunday against the Bills. "And the way we're doing this is I'm only one piece of the whole puzzle".

Most notably, this will be the first Panthers regular season game since the state's "Brunch Bill" was passed.

The Panthers' defense will keep them in this game. "We've got to be aware of situational football, and being aware all of the time of how we line up and make sure we communicate".

Still, a win is a win and first-year coach Sean McDermott is happy to get the first win out of the way. Carolina's ability to convert third downs (7-of-13) and stop them (San Fran converted just 2-of-11) helped them carve out a almost nine-minute edge in time of possession.

Mike Tolbert also will play his former team, also a member of the 2015 Super Bowl team, Tolbert seeks revenge against the team that let him go this offseason. "That's keeping players fresh up front", McDermott said.

McCoy is being asked to do a lot for the Bills and we expect nothing less from him in Week 2. They look to prove the win vs the Jets was not a fluke.

McDermott said he wanted guys with the "right DNA" to help build his team in Buffalo. It can be argued that they didn't really need him to win, but the Panther offense won't be in top form until Olsen becomes a major factor. For a 6'6, 305 pound guy he moves very well.

While McDermott may be familiar with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his tendencies in the pocket, the one difference this year, is McDermott has never competed against running back Christian McCaffrey. He understands they're playing the Carolina Panthers, and he understands some of their former players are now on his team. "The familiarness is something that we've got to use to our advantage". "But from a personnel standpoint, giving us tips and kind of a heads up on certain guys". Poyer utilized Webb's familiarity with his former team all week, the two were reviewing film on an Ipad together after a practice. "The other thing (is) we'll be ready later on in the season".

As for the extra effect football crowds will have, Sycamore's owner say they are excited to see what happens.

Though rested at practice Friday, McCoy (wrist/groin) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Buffalo's offense meanwhile were not exactly effective at taking the Jets' defense apart, but they did chip away bit by bit and consistently scored touchdowns through the second, third and fourth quarters, to ensure they claimed an opening game 21-12 victory.

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