The Bills finished third in the NFL in scoring at home last season, averaging 30.8 points a game at New Era Field. That led the AFC. The only teams that scored at a higher rate at home in the NFL were the Falcons (36 ppg) and Saints (31.0).
The problem was, they didn't nearly maintain that pace on the road. The Bills averaged 19.1 points in their eight games away from New Era a year ago. That was 11.7 points fewer per game on the road, second only to Seattle (by a tenth of a point) in the largest negative road scoring differential.
So Sunday's game at Carolina will be a chance for the offense to prove it can take its act on the road. The Panthers have a strong, veteran defense and will looking to make life miserable for their former coordinator, Sean McDermott, in his return to Charlotte.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is again trying to justify himself as a franchise quarterback. Taylor needs to win games on the road, which means putting the ball in the end zone and leading the Bills from behind at times.
Taylor wasn't awful on the road last season. He had a higher completion percentage (62.2 to 61.2 at home). But his yards per attempt was more than a yard lower and he threw only five TDs away from home – as opposed to 12 at home. He needs to be more dynamic on Sunday and at least hold his own with Cam Newton for the Bills to pull off the upset.