Inside The Bills

Bills among least penalized

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2010 – 8:15 am

The Bills have really made strides in certain areas of their game this season. They’re tops in the league in red zone touchdown percentage, Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the AFC in third down passing efficiency and as a team they’ve committed the third fewest penalties in the league through nine games.

Head coach Chan Gailey made it clear as soon as he arrived that he detests penalties, particularly the pre-snap penalties. His unit has shown improved discipline as the season has worn on. Now after nine games only Atlanta (35) and Miami (36 – prior to Thursday night’s game) had fewer penalties than the Bills (42).

Buffalo is averaging fewer than five penalties a game (4.66).

“I feel like they’re an intelligent bunch,” Gailey told “They understand we can’t make crucial penalties. We had a little bit of a problem early in the year defensively and we’ve been able to squelch that. Offensively we’re pretty simple. We’re not very exotic so we don’t leave room for very many penalties. We get a holding call every now and then, but we try to avoid pre-snap penalties. I hate pre-snap penalties.”

We’ll see if the Bills can maintain their level of success in not committing errors with four of their last seven games on the road.

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