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Laundry List: Bills hit with trio of 'significant' penalties vs. Bengals

The Buffalo Bills were called for six accepted penalties against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Five, and half of them were very impactful.

As a reminder, throughout the season, we're reviewing 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 the Bills' penalties in their loss to the Bengals. At the bottom of this article is a collection of the flags through five games in the 2017 season.

Penalty 1: Second quarter, 11:58 remaining, defense

Roughing the passer – Jerry Hughes 

Down: Third and 21

Ball on: Cincinnati's 30

Score: Bills 3, Bengals 7

Impact: Significant

Andy Dalton checked down to Giovani Bernard, and the running back did accumulate 18 yards before being tackled. But he was stopped short of the first down. This penalty nullified Buffalo's third-down stop and kept Cincinnati's drive going. Six plays later, Bengals kicker Randy Bullock made a 30-yard field goal.


Penalty 2: Third quarter, 10:59 remaining, offense

Holding – Dion Dawkins

Down: Third and 10

Ball on: Cincinnati's 36

Score: Bills 10, Bengals 10

Impact: Moderate

Tyrod Taylor ran for the first down on this play, and his impressive scramble was taken back due to Dawkins' hold. Two plays later, the Bills were forced to punt.


Penalty 3: Third quarter, 6:49 remaining, defense

Illegal blindside block – Adolphus Washington

Down: First and 10

Ball on: Buffalo's 49

Score: Bills 10, Bengals 10

Impact: Moderate

Washington was called for this penalty on Jordan Poyer's fumble-recovery return that originally brought the football out to Buffalo's 47 after he recovered the ball on the 19. This call led to the Bills starting their drive, which ultimately ended in a field goal, on their 29-yard line.


Penalty 4: Third quarter, 1:54 remaining, defense

Defensive holding – Kyle Williams

Down: First and 10

Ball on: Cincinnati's 25

Score: Bills 13, Bengals 10

Impact: Minimal

This is a rather rare call, and Kyle Williams was visibly shocked at the call. It moved the ball forward five yards for the Bengals at the start of their drive.


Penalty 5: Third quarter, 1:25 remaining, defense

Pass interference – Greg Mabin

Down: Third and 10

Ball on: Cincinnati's 32

Score: Bills 13, Bengals 10

Impact: Significant

Dalton's pass for Brandon LaFell was incomplete, but Greg Mabin was hit with this penalty that also gave the Bengals a first down. Three plays later, A.J. Green had a 47-yard reception. On the next play, Joe Mixon scored the go-ahead touchdown.


Penalty 6: Fourth quarter, 14:02 remaining, offense

Holding – Logan Thomas

Down: First and 10

Ball on: Buffalo's 37

Score: Bills 13, Bengals 17

Impact: Significant

McCoy busted to the outside and scampered for 44 yards to get down to the Bengals' 19-yard line. Instead, due to Logan Thomas' hold, the Bills faced a first and 20 on their own 27-yard line. This was undoubtedly a crushing penalty. Four plays later, Buffalo punted.

The outing against the Bengals marked the second-straight game in which the Bills had three significant penalties.

Penalty figures through five games

Heading into the Week Six bye, the Bills have been called for 29 (accepted) penalties. Here's the impact breakdown of those calls:

  • Minimal - 13
  • Moderate - 7
  • Significant - 9

Jerry Hughes has two "significant" penalties (both roughing the passer calls). The other significant flags belong to Micah Hyde, Lorenzo Alexander, Leonard Johnson, Andre Holmes, Tre'Davious White, Logan Thomas and Greg Mabin.

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