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Second-year Clay Martin will be the referee for the Bills' opener Sunday against the New York Jets. As we noted at the end of last season, seven Bills games were worked by first-year referees last season. Officials threw the most flags in a season in NFL history last year. First-year referees Shawn Hochuli and Shawn Smith called the most penalties, with Hochuli’s cre…

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The Bills' E.J. Gaines was called for a late hit in the final minutes of a 16-10 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Announcers Greg Gumbel and Trent Green both expressed amazement at the call. So did many Bills fans on Twitter. Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president for officiating and current Fox rules analyst, was equally dumbfounded. "The late hit cal…

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Bills coach Sean McDermott said his team was outcoached and outplayed in an ugly loss Thursday night to the New York Jets. He said the performance was “uncharacteristic of this team.” On a night when the Bills had 11 penalties for 99 yards, McDermott said his team needs to “remain poised, regardless of the situation.” "Fundamentally we weren’t very good," he said. "A…

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Ed Hochuli brings his officiating crew – and his large arms – to Buffalo on Sunday for the Bills game against the Oakland Raiders. He last worked a Bills game in December 2015, when the Bills lost to the Eagles 23-20. Interestingly, Hochuli’s crew is among the tops in the NFL in penalties called per game heading into Week 8 at 16.8. The league average is 13.8. Hochul…