There are two issues assured to make penalty recaps far more enjoyable. The primary is a Buffalo Bills victory. Buffalo took care of that half, dealing with the Carolina Panthers fairly simply ultimately. The second factor is wackiness. And Spencer Brown took care of that.
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This chart is a pleasant reminder that low penalties don’t usually correlate properly to “profitable.” Buffalo has been comparatively extremely penalized siiiiiiince…
Doug Marrone’s groups. That stretch contains some dreadful years, and the more moderen hopeful ones.
There’s one intriguing notice right here, in any other case this can be a fairly good mirror of the final one. The Panthers had a decrease depend than common however their yardage is a contact greater. That’s normally an indicator of some skewing towards “larger flags” corresponding to DPI or private fouls.
And we don’t want to attend lengthy to see if that’s true. 4 of the six flags have been 15-yarders (although one was offset).
If this have been a more in-depth sport, Panthers followers would have quite a bit to gripe about. The pointless roughness flag on Bravvion Roy was so dangerous I needed to double test it was referred to as the best way I believed I heard it. I used to be half-expecting to search out out it was listed as “unsportsmanlike” conduct as an alternative. Like, possibly he stated one thing loopy that drew a flag, as a result of there was no means that was roughness.
Making it worse was the timing. The flag occurred after the play. That play was a zero-yard sack of Josh Allen. Sure, the sack bought counted. On third & 9 and AFTER the play, that’s a flag that impacts a 4th & 9 scenario. This was a landing drive for Buffalo in the course of the third quarter. For the method, that’s 15 yards + 3 downs for 4.5 Hurt. For the report, it was horse ****.
The facemask name was yardage solely. Brian Burns’s roughing name gave up a free down along with the 15 yards. Yetur Gross-Matos was additionally flagged for roughing Allen, however this was offset with a holding name on Spencer Brown.
The Panthers had 9.5 Hurt complete, which is simply on the appropriate facet of our cutoff. Now let’s discuss Spencer Brown some extra.
Half the chart is Spencer Brown. That’s a literal assertion. 5 of ten flags have been on the rookie. Yearly I do that sequence, I toy round with the thought of chopping the “depend” columns (the blue ones). The overwhelming majority of the time these are “1.” Even when gamers commit a number of infractions it’s normally one every of a number of varieties. And yearly, somebody like Spencer Brown offers me good cause to maintain ‘em. Three holding flags in a single sport. THREE!
As famous, a kind of was declined. One was yardage solely. One was yardage plus it negated a two-yard achieve. False begins aren’t value discussing other than noting their existence. And at last, if you happen to’re been watching Brown this yr you’ve been anticipating taunting flags and right here’s one to justify that feeling. It was half the gap to the purpose, and adopted a 12-yard run from Devin Singletary. Singletary retains his stats, although the Bills stayed largely put.
I additionally needed to rapidly notice that the Panthers declined Mitch Morse’s holding name. This was the play proper earlier than the horrible name on Bravvion Roy. The Panthers gambled on third & 9 being preferable to 2nd & 19. And it turned out to be a very good resolution because it was technically a sack. Good analytics. Good execution. Dangerous flag. Talking of dangerous jobs by the refs, right here’s a two-picture gallery.
That is actually slim however the Bills have been gifted a few half-yard after Carolina turned it over on downs. The primary image is the ball with the Panthers lined up on fourth down. The second image is correct after the Bills took over. Not a significant deal, however while you’re backed up, any respiratory room is welcome. And don’t take my phrase for it, or the stills (which admittedly aren’t perfect angles). The official play-by-play data the error for posterity. The Panthers’ strive is recorded as beginning at the Buffalo ten. The Bills begin off at the Buffalo 11 (cue Spinal Faucet GIFs).
Yet one more dangerous name, and once more ticky-tack. Not so ticky-tack that I didn’t name it out reside although. Within the third quarter with Buffalo up 17 to eight, Josh Allen discovered Gabriel Davis ultimately zone for a landing. It was third & 12. What if the Bills didn’t get that play off and needed to line up once more for third & 17? They arguably ought to have.
GIF software program isn’t nice at rendering issues which might be this shut so notice that even I’m submitting this within the “ticky-tack” class. Right here it’s slowed down too.
I’ll be 100% sincere, nobody ought to be upset that this wasn’t referred to as. Nevertheless it may have been. What the software program outputs isn’t nice, however keep in mind that I frame-by-frame these and by my depend Daryl Williams is 2 frames forward of the snap. That’s a few tenth of a second.
I convey up these ref errors as a result of we regularly allow them to cognitively accumulate. Panthers followers seeing the horrific “roughness” name may moderately understand bias. In the event that they understand bias they could discover different examples, regardless of these different examples being true fringe circumstances. Within the overwhelming majority of circumstances, even with a very dangerous name or two the refs do a good job. It’s the followers who keep in mind each tiny factor that didn’t go their means and nitpick it. I’d add that the no-call false begin was later in the identical drive that was prolonged by the terrible Roy name. In what was a fairly shut sport, these are two situations on one drive the place the refs arguably helped the Bills lengthen their lead.
I do know what everybody was considering studying the “free yard” and “false begin” arguments. “These didn’t make a distinction.” And also you’re proper. They didn’t. And that’s the purpose right here. Quite a lot of calls “technically” are errors, however they’re so fringe as to not impression the sport. These three calls that favored the Bills are simply the three I recalled. I’m certain I may discover just a few extra if I actually needed to. Right here’s the primary level. There’ll at all times be loads of fringe calls/no-calls. When the sport is shut it’s simple to recollect those that “screwed over” your staff. They didn’t. And this occurs to different groups.
Additionally notice, what I’m laying out is a little bit of a rule. And guidelines have exceptions. Just like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sport.
Anyway Buffalo wound up with 9.3 Hurt complete, barely higher off than the Panthers.
A couple of notes this week. It’s fascinating that the Bills’ counts buck the league developments for essentially the most half. General, the league declines over the course of the yr. Buffalo dipped, went means up once more, then they tapered—and now they’re going again to the place they began. Much more fascinating although is that the yards and hurt aren’t spiking again up once more at the identical price. I’d need to do a very deep stat dive to see the rationale, however one of the best guess is the kind of penalties have began drifting extra towards the five-yard selection relatively than ten- or 15-yarders.
Two adjustments within the most-wanted graphic. Levi Wallace creeps up a bit and Spencer Brown enters the dialog. That ought to shock nobody.