Penalty Recap: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, Wild Card

The Buffalo Payments took care of enterprise in opposition to the New England Patriots in a recreation that had traditionally good offensive statistics. Seven touchdowns in seven drives is nice and all, however it’s time for the true enjoyable! Let’s get to it.

Customary and Superior Metrics

Penalty Counts


Each groups had been beneath league common this week. The larger speaking level is the shortage of offset and declined flags. Neither staff had one. Don’t get too excited by Buffalo having decrease counts than New England although.

Penalty Yards

See? Although each groups are once more beneath common, it’s New England that appears higher on this measure. The hole widens within the true yards columns because the Patriots didn’t negate any yardage on this recreation.

Penalty Hurt

New England Patriots


The delay-of-game, false-start, and offensive too-many-men-on-the-field flags are fairly simple. The too-many-men penalty was formally assessed at 4 yards, which is a kind of rounding points that comes up every so often. It’s additionally an extremely uncommon flag. Solely ten have been referred to as. Nobody had a couple of, besides the Jacksonville Jaguars with three by some means.

Dont’a Hightower was flagged for unlawful contact. Because it occurred on first down it was yards solely. I do know I get a variety of crap for defending the officers, however that is an instance of them being close to good in actual time.

A defender is allowed to provoke contact inside the first 5 yards. Hightower initiates juuuuuust previous the five-yard vary. Defenders are additionally not imagined to keep up a correspondence when a receiver is “even” with them, which Dawson Knox is arguably reaching at the purpose of contact. One step to the aspect a half second earlier and Hightower’s contact goes uncalled.

Daniel Ekuale had probably the most impactful flag for New England with a face-mask name that was fairly nicely reviewed throughout the broadcast. It was yards solely, however 15 yards was as dangerous because it acquired for the Patriots.

New England had 3.4 Hurt complete, which is a extremely clear day.

Buffalo Payments

Simply three with no boo-boos, so let’s chat about every. For Dawson Knox, the road of scrimmage comes into play like above, however there’s just one yard the place contact is allowable.

And he’s clearly past one yard. I counted 14 frames between Knox’s contact and Singletary touching the ball. That’s about two-thirds of a second. Notice: All gamers on protection are thought-about to be eligible receivers so early blocking is an issue. Knox’s OPI was flagged for ten and negated seven yards for 17 complete, or 1.7 Hurt.

There was some chatter in regards to the defensive go interference on Levi Wallace being a foul flag because the ball may need been uncatchable. Right here’s the printed angle…

And right here’s the tip zone angle from the All-22, which is shockingly already out.

The second angle actually reveals how shut the go was. It’s 5 yards away “vertically” and related horizontally. Should you belief my math/guess, meaning the ball is about seven yards away complete from the receiver. Is that uncatchable? Sure, however solely “as is.” If Levi Wallace didn’t have ten yards of shoulder is it potential the receiver would have made it in time/adjusted? It’s very potential. This gave up 22 yards and two downs for 4.2 Hurt, the worst flag by both staff all recreation.

Lastly, let’s look at A.J. Epenesa’s roughing flag.

There are two issues to pay attention to rule smart, the primary of which makes this appear to be a foul flag. Particularly, Epenesa has till the second foot hits the bottom after the ball is launched to provoke contact. It’s only a few frames, however the perfect look has contact occurring earlier than the second foot falls. Secondly although, the way in which the rule is written there’s language that means something too tough for the given circumstances must be referred to as. Epenesa does give a bit shove to complete this and he’s responsible for figuring out the ball is launched. I don’t love this name, however it’s 100% per how we’ve seen it interpreted this 12 months.

Buffalo had the decrease rely, however the DPI from Wallace is a serious subject on Hurt. The Payments had 7.4 Hurt. That’s a fairly good day total, simply not as clear as New England.

Weekly Trackers

The most important takeaway this week is Levi Wallace, who shot up six spots because of his defensive go interference.

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