After Further Review: Jets-Bills Officiating

By popular demand, we're again going to have a post after each game that breaks down some of the controversial decisions from the officiating crew in the game.

Penalty Count

Bills 7-50 (leading to four Jets first downs)
Jets 9-69 (leading to one Bills first down)

Note: This does not include penalties that are declined or off-set.

Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage

Jets Penalties

  • Braxton Berrios holding on opening kickoff. Clearly had his hands outside the defender as he prevented his man from getting to the return man.
  • Ryan Griffin holding penalty. Stood up at the snap, Griffin was called for holding as he started to lose leverage and tried to stay on the block when the runner bounced back.
  • George Fant holding penalty. Grabbed the defensive lineman on the backside of a run to the right side. Tried to let go but obviously did so too late.
  • Delay of game on 4th-and-1. It was disappointing to see this and not a timeout before the clock ran out.
  • Bryce Hall defensive pass interference. This didn't count because of an offsetting penalty but Hall seemed to shove the receiver before the ball arrived and the pass was still caught anyway.
  • Kenny Yeboah holding on a kickoff return. Grabbed his man to prevent him making a tackle.
  • Javelin Guidry facemask penalty on a downfield pass. This happened off-screen but didn't count anyway due to an offsetting penalty.
  • Deuce Carter pass interference. Plenty of contact at the catchpoint and the ball was knocked loose but caught anyway on the rebound.
  • Alijah Vera-Tucker holding. Lost leverage on an outside run and grabbed the linebacker. A very late flag because it got stuck in the official's pocket and then they called out the wrong number, initially attributing it to Fant.
  • Morgan Moses false start. Moses often drops into his stance as the ball is being snapped and could get more false starts than he does. This was clearly before the snap anyway though.

Bills Penalties

  • Dion Dawkins holding on Quinnen Williams. Basically tackled him to the ground on the backside of a run that went the other way.
  • Devin Singletary false start. Slight flinch before the snap.
  • Cole Beasley false start. Jumped early on the penultimate play of the first half.
  • Mitch Morse holding on Folorunso Fatukasi. Fatukasi got into the backfield to pressure Josh Allen and Morse grabbed him from behind. This negated a big play.
  • Dawson Knox holding penalty. Came across the formation to pick up Shaq Lawson coming off the edge but Lawson made an inside move on him and Knox grabbed him.
  • Dane Jackson illegal use of the hands on Elijah Moore. Shoved his helmet back on a running play, well away from the ball.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Elijah Moore offensive pass interference. There was perhaps a push-off at the top of the route, but this was well over his head and was probably uncatchable.
  • CJ Mosley illegal hit on a defenseless receiver. Mosley collided with Knox and made contact with his head in the end zone on an incomplete pass. This seemed unbelievably harsh because Knox moved towards Mosley as he lowered his head and made an effort to reach for the ball. Mosley was perhaps reckless but was closing to make a play in coverage rather than a hit on the receiver.

Bills Penalties

  • Jordan Poyer defensive holding on Berrios. Made contact within five yards but retained the contact beyond five yards before letting go.
  • Taron Johnson defensive holding on 4th-and-10 incompletion. Grabbed Jamison Crowder coming across the middle but Micah Hyde and Matt Milano protested this call.
  • Roughing the passer on AJ Epenesa. Late hit to the head and neck area negating his teammate's sack and knocking Mike White out of the game.

Notable no-calls

Here were some of the notable missed calls, controversial moments or review situations. Buckle up, because there was a lot - these officials were terrible.

  • Carter perhaps had a slight grab on a first half pass breakup but it would have been a soft call.
  • The official threw a flag for unnecessary roughness after Justin Hardee was shoved down at the end of a special teams play but then inexplicably picked it up. Perhaps they felt it was a flop by Hardee or something.
  • After the delay of game on 4th-and-1, the Jets punted and Braden Mann was knocked down by the rusher while he was still in the process of landing from making the kick. While this wasn't roughing, it could easily have been running into the kicker, giving the Jets a shot at another 4th-and-short. The rusher was out of control as he pushed the blocker back and Mann did not simulate the contact.
  • Griffin caught a pass and fell down at the 49 but then his teammates indicated he hadn't been touched so he got up for about 10 more yards at the end of the play. It did appear he was up before the defender touched him and there was no whistle but the officials marked this at the 49.
  • Two plays were blown dead where the Bills got shots on White because they supposedly didn't hear the whistle.
  • Milano grabbed a back leaking out of the backfield and should have been called for a hold.
  • White threw an obvious incomplete pass that was called a fumble and had to be overturned by the replay booth. His hand was obviously coming forwards.
  • The Bills were initially awarded a touchdown on a play where the receiver was obviously out of bounds, but then the officials changed their mind and the Bills scored on the next play anyway...albeit with the aid of a possible push-off from Stefon Diggs.
  • A few hits on White easily could have constituted roughing the passer due to forcible contact.
  • The Bills got away with a clear illegal hands to the face on Hamilcar Rashed on one first down run.
  • Gabriel Davis was given credit for a juggling sideline catch where it appeared he never got his right foot down while in control of the catch. Pass interference was called on the Jets anyway so this ultimately didn't matter.
  • Sharrod Neasman's low interception was upheld by the replay booth which appeared correct.
  • Ace Carter's touchdown ran was overturned because his knee was down although it was unclear whether he had already broken the plane at that point and it's supposed to be indisputable for an overturn. He scored two plays later anyway.
  • The Jets ran a playfake at the goal line with fullback Nick Bawden leaking into the flat and he would've been wide open for an easy touchdown if the defender didn't grab him. The officials missed this.
  • Neasman wanted an unnecessary roughness on Dawkins as he was knocked down at the end of a play. This would have been soft.
  • Crowder clearly made a nice sideline catch and the officials not only upheld the incorrect call of incomplete, but also blocked the Jets from challenging because they'd already looked at it. In addition they missed a blatant helmet-to-helmet hit by Jordan Poyer on the play.

Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...