The Buffalo Bills were flagged five times for 44 yards against the Carolina Panthers.
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:
Let's examine each Bills penalty in their Week 2 loss.
Penalty 1: Second quarter, 9:16 remaining, offense
Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Bills' sideline
Down: Third and 6
Ball On: Buffalo's 21
Called after the play, this flag was thrown when a side judge ran into a Bills coach while running down the sideline. The play was a two-yard gain when six yards were needed.
Penalty 2: Second quarter, 1:57 remaining, offense
Illegal Use of Hands – John Miller
Down: Second and 19
Ball On: Buffalo's 16
While still somewhat early in the game, this flag erased a 16-yard completion to Andre Holmes after a nine-yard sack. Two plays later, Buffalo punted.
Penalty 3: Third quarter, 6:23 remaining, special teams
Holding – Trae Elson
Ball On: Carolina's 23
This came on a play in which Kaelin Clay muffed a punt which was recovered by Shareece Wright. The Bills managed one first down after this but ultimately punted on the next set of downs.
Penalty 4: Fourth quarter, 4:11 remaining, defense
Defensive Pass Interference – E.J. Gaines
Down: First and 6
Ball On: Buffalo's 6
This occurred on a fade attempt to Kelvin Benjamin. As a way to stop the 6-foot-5 wideout from coming down with the football in the end zone, Gaines grabbed onto him well before the ball arrived. This flag pushed Carolina to the 1-yard line. Three plays later, Cam Newton missed a wide open Christian McCaffrey open near the front right corner of the end zone, and the Panthers were forced to kick a field goal.
Penalty 5: Fourth quarter, 1:01 remaining, offense
Offensive Pass Interference – Andre Holmes
Down: First and 10
Ball On: Carolina's 32
As the Bills marched down the field while trailing 9-3, this flag dealt a crushing blow to their chances to win the game late. It was a questionable call at the very least, as Holmes did not seem to extend his arms – he and the Carolina cornerback simply got slightly tangled at the top of the comeback route. Also, the flag was thrown noticeably late. It came on a 10-yard gain that would have set up Buffalo in a first and 10 situation on the Panthers' 22-yard line with 0:53 seconds remaining. Instead, the Bills had the ball at their opponent's 32-yard line and faced first and 20.