Share this article

print logo

First-quarter analysis: Defensive penalties erase turnover, lead to New England points

The Buffalo Bills just can't help themselves when it comes to taking penalties.

The second-most penalized team in the NFL entering Monday night's game against the New England Patriots, the Bills were hurt again by yellow flags in the first quarter.

A defensive holding penalty against safety Corey Graham negated what would have been an interception of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by fellow safety Bacarri Rambo. Graham's penalty offset against a New England penalty, meaning third down was played over, erasing Rambo's 39-yard return to the New England 24-yard line.

Later in the drive, cornerback Stephon Gilmore was called for defensive pass interference on a third-and-9 play, putting New England inside the Bills' 30-yard line on a drive that ended with a 35-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

A new look: The Bills hadn't used many two-back sets with LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams on the field at the same time this season, partly because injuries had kept both players out at times. But offensive coordinator Greg Roman went to the look on a few occasions in the first quarter. Williams served as the lead blocker on McCoy's

Memorable audible: ESPN's microphones caught Brady making a call at the line of scrimmage ... by screaming out "Rex Ryan." That's some solid trolling by the Patriots.

Story topics: / / / / /

There are no comments - be the first to comment