After Further Review: Jets-Buffalo 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

Buffalo 8-77 (leading to three Jets first downs)
Jets 5-35 (leading to three Buffalo first downs)

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

  • Illegal contact on DJ Reed to negate a sack. This happened off screen but was away from the ball and with Josh Allen looking totally the other way.
  • Offside on Bryce Huff. Had his hands in the neutral zone at the snap.

Buffalo Penalties

  • Unnecessary roughness on Jordan Phillips. Jumped on Chris Glaser at the end of the Jets' first play.
  • Illegal shift to negate a Ty Johnson first down run. It looked like Khalil Shakir went in motion before Gabe Davis was set.
  • Holding on Dion Dawkins. Held onto Jermaine Johnson a beat too long as he got a leverage advantage on an inside move.
  • Deliberate delay of game on 4th-and-7 before punting. Hoping the Jets would jump offside to put them in field goal range.
  • Leonard Floyd offside. Leaning across into the neutral zone as the ball was snapped on a 4th-and-2 play the Jets converted anyway.
  • Dawkins holding on Bryce Huff. Obvious handful of jersey as a run was bounced outside even though he protested the call. Dawkins had double digit penalties in four of the past five seasons but only three all year entering this game. He now has six, after committing three in this game.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Illegal man downfield on Chris Glaser. On this play, which got extended as Zach Wilson hesitated and than rolled out, Glaser never actually went downfield as he was within a yard of the line of scrimmage waiting for the throw to be made but he temporarily went another yard downfield when he tried to throw a shoulder at a Bills' pass rusher and missed. File this one under "avoidable".
  • Sauce Gardner defensive holding. This was a tough one because Josh Allen started to run and Gardner locked up with Stefon Diggs who was looking to block him out of the play. Allen eventually opted to throw the ball away before getting to the line of scrimmage. The rules dictate that if there's still a chance of a pass and the defensive player impedes an eligible receiver's attempts to get open or make a play on the ball, this can still be a penalty. Gardner was probably guilty of this although he was certainly unlucky and never resorted to a full on grab.
  • Garnder unnecessary roughness on Diggs. This came as he threw Diggs to the floor at the end of the play. Again, you can have some sympathy with Gardner here because Diggs continued to fight for yardage and reached the ball towards the marker so Gardner hauled him back. The landing wasn't even that bad, as he fell face-first and Gardner didn't land with body weight on him. It was after the whistle, though, and not being able to hear the whistle isn't accepted as an excuse. Also notable: This came on the second play of the second half and the Jets didn't have another penalty for the rest of the game.

Buffalo Penalties

  • Ed Oliver roughing the passer. Launched and landed on Wilson with full body weight after the pass was released. It's still surprising to see this actually called in the Jets favor though. That's two in three weeks - an epidemic!
  • O'Cyrus Torrence false start. This was right before the intercepted Hail Mary pass. Torrence definitely moved before the ball was snapped but right tackle Spencer Brown seemed to move first so the penalty should probably have been on him.
  • Rasul Douglas pass interference on a third down pass short of the marker to Allen Lazard. Douglas had his hands all over Lazard before the ball arrived when really he should have just let him catch it and then made a tackle.
  • Dawkins unnecessary roughness. Absolutely the right call as he went after Micheal Clemons at the end of a play. Initially it looked like Clemons might get a penalty as well (or instead) because Dawkins flopped when Clemons shoved him off, but it was the correct call not to flag Clemons. Strictly speaking the flop itself and Dawkins' obvious post-play taunting to the crowd should BOTH have been unsportsmanlike conduct on top of the original penalty and given the Jets 45 yards and an ejection.

Notable no-calls etc

Here were some of the other notable missed calls, replay situations and controversial moments:

  • Brandin Echols did step out of bounds on the fake punt and the booth picked up on this, reducing the gain from 44 to 18 yards.
  • Tim Boyle was smacked in the head by a pass rusher on one play.
  • There was clearly a Bills player in the neutral zone at the snap on the play where Wilson was intercepted.
  • The decision to overturn Jordan Poyer's interception was definitely correct. A clear loss of control after the ball made contact with the turf.
  • Ty Johnson did just about stay in bounds as he tight-roped the sideline on his fourth down touchdown.
  • The fumble recovery was a weird play where Micah Hyde initially looked to have scored a touchdown after Douglas lateralled it to him following a fumble recovery. The officials correctly spotted that Douglas was down by contact, with Garrett Wilson's foot touching his leg, before he got up and lateralled it.

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