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Examining Bills' penalty issue, how it compares to Chargers

The Bills have had issues with penalties so far in the first season under Sean McDermott, and it's something that, if corrected, could help Buffalo snap its two-game losing streak.

Heading into Week 11's matchup with the Chargers, the Bills have been called for 68 penalties.

That means, they've averaged 7.5 flags per contest, which is the sixth-highest figure in the NFL. In their last three games, the Bills have been called for 10 penalties per outing, the second-highest number in the league.

More specifically, Buffalo has averaged a penalty every 23.7 plays, the ninth-worst figure in football.

Coincidentally, the Chargers too have been hit with 68 penalties in nine games this season, and have run 550 plays, meaning they've been flagged every 23.4 plays. Also, Los Angeles is right behind Buffalo in 30th place for the most penalties per game over their last three outings (8.7).

Last year, the Bills were flagged an even seven times per game. Counting teams' averages in the regular season and playoffs, that was the ninth-highest average in the league. They received those 112 (counted) penalties on 2,890 plays, meaning they were flagged once every 25.8 plays on average, the 10th-worst rate in the NFL.

Through nine games, Buffalo has been slightly more apt to commit a penalty than the 2016 version of the team but has been more disciplined on a per-play basis than a season ago.

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