Penalty Recap: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

The Buffalo Bills held a lead over the New York Jets for [checks notes…holy ****] over 57 minutes. That has nothing to do with penalties however doesn’t it really feel nice to NOT have the officiating be a essential storyline this week? They referred to as their fair proportion thoughts you. However there weren’t any main controversies in contrast to The Land Clark Fiasco of 2021. Let’s do the penalty factor!

Customary and Superior Metrics

Penalty Counts

Buf at NYJ penalty harm Counts

Fairly easy in relation to counts. Not solely did the Bills keep forward on the scoreboard, they have been in entrance of the Jets when it got here to avoiding flags too. Buffalo was fairly nicely inside league common. The Jets have been undoubtedly elevated a bit above.

Penalty Yards

Buf at NYJ penalty harm Yards

Buffalo is roughly common right here too, although on the other facet of the fence. This means some skewing towards five-yard flags. The Jets are elevated once more, particularly in relation to True Yards the place their 36 negated yards have been a significant component.

Penalty Hurt

New York Jets

Buf at NYJ penalty harm NYJ Harm

Nearly half of those are holding calls. As a reminder, particular groups holding flags are enforced the identical because the offensive selection. The flags on Berrios and Yeboah have been on particular groups and worn out 13 and 12 yards of return respectively. As a pattern of the Hurt components, Berrios was referred to as for 10 yards (1.0 Hurt) and negated 13 yards (1.3 Hurt) for a complete of two.3 Hurt.

Fant, Griffin, and Vera-Tucker all worn out yardage as nicely on their holding calls, although the totals have been a lot smaller.

A bunch of flags additionally ended up with zero hurt. Sometimes these are declined or offsetting penalties. Corridor’s defensive cross interference and Guidry’s face masks flags offset with holding calls by Mitch Morse and Dawson Knox respectively. A 36-yard catch by Gabriel Davis was stored fairly than the defensive cross interference on Carter II. Lastly, Mosley’s pointless roughness name got here when the Bills have been at the NYJ one-yard line. The penalty was assessed however formally the ball moved zero yards. Let’s have a look at that one.


Penalties involving defenseless gamers are sometimes what’s referred to as “strict legal responsibility.” Which means intent is totally irrelevant. It both occurred or it didn’t. Distinction that to one thing like defensive cross interference. If there’s contact however each gamers are positioning for the ball, then that’s authorized. It’s solely when the defender is deliberately or recklessly limiting somebody with no play on the ball the place it’s assessed.

I level this out as a result of C.J. Mosley doesn’t appear like he’s attempting to hit Dawson Knox within the head. There’s even a pair frames that counsel he’s attempting to tug his personal head away at the final second. The cross is behind and Knox’s try to fall again and catch it’s simply as a lot the explanation for the contact as the rest. Actually zero % of that issues right here. Mosley did make contact to Knox’s head. The flag flies.

A Jets delay-of-game flag was assessed as 4 yards. Half the gap to the aim? Not fairly. It was at midfield. Right here’s a pair photos of what went down. Notice: The refs did NOT make a mistake.

Buf at Jets pre delay

Buf at Jets post delay

The picture on the left is earlier than the flag. To the correct is after. This difficulty comes up right here and there. The refs have a tendency to identify the ball exactly. Earlier than the flag, precise placement is at the 44.5 yard line. The play-by-play, which a whole lot of stats pull from, solely makes use of complete numbers and rounded the road of scrimmage to the 45. After the flag, the ball is appropriately positioned at the 49.5-yard line, however the play-by-play rounds this time within the different route. The Jets have been truly pushed again 5 yards, however rounding wackiness by the league makes it appear like an error.

Regardless of a fairly excessive rely and assessed yards, the Jets got here out comparatively nicely with 10.5 Hurt whole. That’s above our 10.0 cusp between a great and unhealthy day, however not by a complete lot.

Buffalo Bills

Buf at NYJ penalty harm Buf Harm

Phew, that was a whole lot of jibber jabber concerning the Jets. We’ll minimize it quick and simply cowl a couple of flags on the Bills.

  • Taron Johnson’s defensive holding got here on fourth down. The 5 assessed yards are added to three.0 Hurt for the three free downs he gave them. By the way, the ref mentioned this was added “to the top of the run.” That’s not how defensive holding works, however that is seemingly only a psychological mistake. Mike White was “sacked” for zero yards or principally proper at the road of scrimmage. So “the top of the run” was the identical as “the earlier spot” the place defensive holding is often enforced. Lastly, this was a bit ticky-tack and had Johnson not been referred to as this could have ended what finally grew to become a Jets TD drive.
  • Dion Dawkins’s holding name was fairly well-deserved and worn out a 17-yard achieve by Josh Allen on third down. That’s 10 yards assessed + 17 yards negated + 2 downs = 4.7 Hurt.
  • For the ultimate one we’ll focus on, A.J. Epenesa was referred to as for pointless roughness on third & 11. This prolonged what grew to become the OTHER Jets TD drive. Right here’s a glance at it.


OK, high-quality. You bought me. I had an ulterior motive for discussing the Mosley penalty in a lot depth. This juxtaposition is a giant cause why I do these recaps. I noticed zero chatter on social media about how unhealthy of a name the Mosley one was. That is sensible as a result of all my chatter is Bills followers. In distinction, folks HAAAAAATED this flag on Epenesa.

“WHAT’S HE SUPPOSED TO DO?” they cried. And to a point that’s legitimate. The reply after all is that Epenesa couldn’t have executed something otherwise. He’s attempting to make a authorized play and the motion attributable to Efe Obada means Epenesa unintentionally hits White within the head. Say it with me:


The wording of defenseless participant penalties 100% is written in a fashion that may seize purely unintentional actions and penalize them. The league’s guidelines on this space err on the facet of security. Sure, it does imply “harmless” gamers are flagged.

I’m not saying you must LIKE the rule. However I’m going out of my method to show issues are extra constant than they appear, and it’s usually the viewer who’s biased. The underside line is that Epenesa couldn’t have executed issues otherwise however that applies simply as a lot to Mosley. In the event you have been high-quality with Mosley getting flagged, you need to be high-quality with Epenesa’s. In the event you hated Epenesa’s, you must hate the one on Mosley.

OK, practically executed. Regardless of popping out cleaner in counts and yards, the downs the Bills gave up pushed them to 15.1 Hurt—an honest clip increased than the Jets.

Weekly trackers

A pair notes on the most-wanted as you look via the weekly trackers. Dion Dawkins moved into second place this week. Taron Johnson is shifting up the charts too. However the factor I wish to level out is that Andre Smith stays the most-wanted with a mere two penalties on the 12 months. And a type of rated 0.0 Hurt. Possibly he’ll suppose twice the following time he’s planning on negating a 72-yard landing return.

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