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Laundry List: Reviewing Bills' penalties in win over Broncos

The Bills were hit with eight flags against the Broncos in Week Three. Four were on defense. Four were on offense.

As a reminder, 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

Let's examine all of Buffalo's penalties in their victory over Denver.

Penalty 1: First quarter, 2:48 remaining, defense

Pass interference – Tre'Davious White

Down: Third and 9

Ball on: Buffalo's 39

Score: Bills 0, Broncos 0

Impact: Moderate

White looked to have made a good play on the football to break up the pass thrown to Demaryius Thomas, but there was a good amount of contact, and he was flagged. It continued the drive for the Broncos, and they gained 20 more yards before being forced to kick a 38-yard field goal.

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Penalty 2: Second quarter, 10:59 remaining, defense

Unnecessary Roughness – Micah Hyde

Down: Second and 3

Ball on: Buffalo's 40

Score: Bills 7, Broncos 3

Impact: Significant

This call came after C.J. Anderson broke a 32-yard run to move into Buffalo territory. Although Hyde initially made contact with the Denver running back while the two were in bounds, he shoved him well out of bounds for the flag. This drive ended in a Jamaal Charles touchdown.

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Penalty 3: Second quarter, 10:36 remaining, defense

Roughing the passer – Jerry Hughes

Down: First and 10

Ball on: Buffalo's 25

Score: Bills 7, Broncos 3

Impact: Significant

The next play after Hyde's unnecessary roughness, Trevor Siemian misfired on a pass to Thomas yet Jerry Hughes was hit with a late hit on the Broncos quarterback. Strangely, there was no helmet-to-helmet contact and Siemian didn't fall to the turf, but the call was made.

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Penalty 4: Second quarter, 6:45 remaining, offense

Delay of game – Tyrod Taylor

Down: Fourth and 2

Ball on: Denver's 40

Score: Bills 7, Broncos 10

Impact: Minimal

The Bills were clearly trying to draw someone on Denver's defensive line offsides on this fourth down attempt. Taylor simply let the play clock expire when no one from the Broncos moved.

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Penalty 5: Second quarter, 4:46 remaining, offense

Illegal block above the waist – Nick O'Leary

Down: First and 10

Ball on: Denver's 32

Score: Bills 10, Broncos 10

Impact: Minimal

After Taylor had one of his amazing escapes from a sack, O'Leary blocked a Denver defender in the back on the two-yard gain. This drive ended with a made 49-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka.

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Penalty 6: Third quarter, 13:57 remaining, offense

Holding – John Miller

Down: Third and 9

Ball on: Buffalo's 23

Score: Bills 13, Broncos 13

Impact: Minimal

Taylor scrambled for seven yards on this play, two yards short of the first down. The holding gave the Bills another play, which was a 10-yard gain by Mike Tolbert. They punted on the next play.

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Penalty 7: Third quarter, 5:09 remaining, offense

Holding – Richie Incognito

Down: First and 10

Ball on: Denver's 32

Score: Bills 23, Broncos 16

Impact: Moderate

This was the first play after the E.J. Gaines interception and featured a ridiculous jump cut by LeSean McCoy. This holding call was integral in pushing the Bills out of field goal range. Buffalo punted four plays later.

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Penalty 8: Fourth quarter, 11:31 remaining, defense

Illegal use of the hands – Bills' sideline

Down: Third and 12

Ball on: Buffalo's 41

Score: Bills 23, Broncos 16

Impact: Moderate

Adolphus Washington was bailed out by teammate Tre'Davious White's interception three plays later. On this play, the Bills forced an incompletion and would have either had to try a 58-yard field goal or punt.

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