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On penalty front, Bills showing good discipline under McDermott

The Buffalo Bills have been disciplined in Sean McDermott's first season at the helm.

Buffalo has currently been called for 88 (enforced) penalties, the 11th-lowest figure in the NFL.

Interestingly, 22 of those flags came in back-to-back games. In Week 8's win over the Oakland Raiders, McDermott's squad was hit with 11 penalties. The following game, a loss at the New York Jets, the Bills were called for another 11 penalties.

The 88 total flags in 14 games mean Buffalo averages 6.28 penalties per game.

Last season, the Bills were flagged 112 times in 16 games, which equated to a seven-penalty per game average, the 12th-best in football. In 2015, the Bills were tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the most penalties per games (8.94) in the league.

In Week 13's contest against New England, Buffalo was flagged just three times for 34 yards.

The head referee assigned for the Bills-Patriots game in Week 15 is Craig Wrolstad. His crew has called 160 (accepted) penalties this season (73 on the home team, 87 on the visiting team), which is lower than the number of penalties called by the crews of head referees Ed Hoculi, Jerome Boger, Gene Steratore, Pete Morelli, Clete Blakeman, Carl Cheffers, Walt Anderson, Jeff Triplette, John Parry and John Hussey.

Only Brad Allen's crew has called fewer penalties (155) than Wrolstad's crew this season.

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