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[BN] Blitz Bills newsletter: What to know for Sunday, Sept. 17

Bills fans have descended in droves on Charlotte, N.C. in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

After beating the lowly Jets at home, the Bills play their first away game. As Jerry Sullivan spelled out in his Sunday column, Tyrod Taylor needs to prove he can lead the Bills to a notable road victory.

“A win on the road against Cam Newton would be the biggest of his NFL career and resuscitate, if only briefly, his possibilities as a potential franchise quarterback,” the sage Sullivan wrote.

McDermott’s message still resonates with Panthers: Tim Graham traveled to Charlotte a few days early and talked with Panthers defenders to get their insight on playing for Sean McDermott.

“He had a message he believed in,” All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly told Graham, “and that was to play hard, play fast, play physical and play smart.

“That still permeates in this locker room. It’s still stressed today.”

Scouting report: The Bills face a step up in competition in the second game of the season, and Taylor will need to air it out more than he did in the opening win, Jay Skurski wrote.

Advanced stats: Matchups to watch in today’s game: Jerry Hughes has one of the better ones for the Bills. How well does Taylor fare in the “Escapability Index?” Do the all-time numbers tell us anything useful for today’s game.

Weather forecast: Sunny and warm with little chance of showers. The heat shouldn’t be an issue, either, according to meteorologist Don Paul.

Taking over the town: There were already a large number of Western New York transplants in Charlotte. Thousands more showed up this weekend, and they started the tailgate party early.

Here in Buffalo: Bills fans will be crawling along Hertel on Sunday.

Bills bar review: High-energy, diverse crowd at Mister Goodbar

Watch: A behind-the-scenes look at 26 Shirts, the company that creates some of Buffalo’s favorite T-shirts while raising money for charitable causes.

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