As vital because the Buffalo Bills’ victory over the New England Patriots was, everyone knows it’s actually second fiddle to speaking in regards to the guidelines. Certain, positive. The Bills took again the division and may management their very own destiny with simply two extra wins. And sure, that’s nice. Is it extra enjoyable than penalties although? Hardly.
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Relating to the whole variety of flags thrown (true depend), the 2 groups have been neck-and-neck and slightly below league common. Two penalties offset, and the Bills declined two flags on New England to clarify the assessed depend variations. Keep in mind, penalties are most frequently declined when one thing worse occurred to your staff. Total, each groups have been higher than league common.
The identical is true for yards. Buffalo is only a bit under common, whereas the Patriots are considerably decrease. The 2 groups negated related quantities of yardage by way of penalty.
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David Andrews’s taunting was offset with an pointless roughness on Matt Milano at the tip of the sport. You would possibly come to the conclusion the 2 groups weren’t getting alongside very nicely.
For the file I don’t just like the Milano name. Right here’s the rule on contact with a sliding participant:
A defender should pull up when a runner begins a feet-first slide. This doesn’t imply that every one contact by a defender is against the law. If a defender has already dedicated himself, and the contact is unavoidable, it isn’t a foul except the defender makes forcible contact into the top or neck space of the runner with the helmet, shoulder, or forearm, or commits another act that’s pointless roughness.
Personally I feel the contact was unavoidable and there’s clearly no contact to the top or neck space.
Matthew Judon was referred to as for defensive holding. It was declined as Josh Allen discovered Isaiah McKenzie for 28 yards. Equally, Jalen Mills was referred to as for holding on an 18-yard catch by McKenzie.
Christian Barmore was referred to as for encroachment, which I wouldn’t ordinarily speak about. On this case although, let’s all get a chuckle for the Patriots falling for the ol’ E.J. Manuel particular.
Trent Brown was referred to as for unsportsmanlike conduct (unsure why it wasn’t taunting). This one can also be value a chuckle. The Patriots caught a break with a roughing-the-passer flag (see under) extending a drive at the tip of the primary half. With new life they gained seven yards on first down. Between downs, Brown began jawing at the protection and pushed his staff again 15 yards. They couldn’t recuperate from it. It was additionally proper after the Jerry Hughes flag was picked up.
Talking of which, I feel it speaks volumes that the overall response was that the flag was referred to as again. I feel it meets the factors for a horse-collar sort out for positive, however I additionally really feel this was an excellent judgment name by the refs. Hughes positively appeared like he was making an attempt to assist Mac Jones.
The Patriots’ most impactful flag of the day was on Jonnu Smith. The offensive holding got here on a profitable flea flicker that went for 19 yards. Ten yards plus 19 yards = 2.9 Hurt.
The Patriots had 4.9 Hurt whole, which is a very good day.
Proper off the bat you possibly can simply inform the Bills had a rougher penalty day than the Patriots so let’s get it out of the way in which. The Bills had 16.2 Hurt whole, which is a very unhealthy day. This was largely off the again of the Daryl Williams ineligible downfield flag. This worn out a landing and 12 yards. That’s along with the 5 assessed yards. For the system that’s 5 yards + 12 yards + 7 factors. Or 0.5 +1.2 + 7.0 = 8.7 Hurt.
Dawson Knox was referred to as for offensive holding, which worn out a five-yard acquire. Matt Milano’s defensive holding gave up a primary down (from second). Emmanuel Sanders was referred to as for offensive go interference, which was the assessed yards solely.
Final however not least, let’s have a look at the roughing-the-passer flag on Efe Obada.
In distinction to the Milano flag for roughness, I feel that is 100% the correct name. I feel it’s a simple name to see on the replay that there’s contact to the “head or neck space” of Mac Jones. Generally the defender is in a tricky spot, and Efe Obada reveals that right here.
Two issues to notice within the Most Wished this week. Emmanuel Sanders pulls forward of Jordan Poyer. Daryl Williams enters the fray along with his negated landing. The lesson is at all times the identical—negating factors is at all times an enormous deal.