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Laundry List: Bills defense has nearly flawless game on penalty front against Jets

The Buffalo Bills were flagged only six times for 50 yards against the New York Jets, both relatively low numbers.

Throughout the season, we will review all of the team's penalties from the previous game. Each penalty will be labeled based on its impact:

  • Minimal
  • Moderate
  • Significant

Penalty 1: First quarter, 13:43 remaining, offense

Holding - Richie Incognito

Down: First and 10

Impact: Minimal

The Bills marched 11 plays down the field after this call, but their drive ended when a pass from Tyrod Taylor to Charles Clay was intercepted in the end zone.

Penalty 2: First quarter, 6:24 remaining, offense

False Start - Charles Clay

Down: First and 10

Impact: Moderate

This came after Zay Jones' 21-yard reception that put the ball on Buffalo's 41-yard line. Instead of first and 10, the Bills had first and 15 and punted four plays later after a short run, sack, and 5-yard completion.

Penalty 3: First quarter, 2:10 remaining, special teams

Illegal Block in the Back - Matt Milano

Down: Punt

Impact: Minimal

This was your garden variety punt-return flag. It cost the Bills some field position, but that didn't seem to matter. Buffalo ultimately scored a touchdown on this drive.

Penalty 4: Second quarter, 5:11 remaining, offense

Holding - Jordan Mills

Down: Second and 11

Impact: Moderate

Down to the Jets' 20-yard line, Mills was called for this penalty on a 1-yard gain by Mike Tolbert. While Mills certainly doesn't deserve direct blame for the Stephen Hauschka missed field goal four plays later, the offensive lineman's penalty did make the kick longer.

Penalty 5: Second quarter, 2:38 remaining, defense

Defensive holding - Adolphus Washington

Down: First and 10

Impact: Moderate

Defensive holding on a run play is not a call you'll see every Sunday. Four plays after this flag,  Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro made a 52-yard field goal.

Penalty 6: Fourth quarter, 2:12 remaining, offense

Holding - Richie Incognito

Down: Second and 7

Impact: Minimal

The game was essentially in hand at this juncture. However, this holding call occurred on a 3-yard LeSean McCoy run and put Buffalo into a second-and-17 situation. The Bills punted three plays later.


This was a relatively clean game penalty-wise for the Bills. None of their flags were significant. As far as penalties go, this was an outing to forget for Incognito. The Bills were impressively hit with only one penalty as a defense.

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