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The New England Patriots struggled for most of Monday’s game against the Buffalo Bills Micah Hyde Jersey , but their superior talent ultimately prevailed in a 25-6 victory. For most of the contest, New England was contained by Buffalo’s rejuvenated defense, which played with far more emotion and discipline than it did during a Week 7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts the week before.Many of New England’s big-name performers failed to register much in terms of fantasy football scoring, but the Patriots did have some players who turned in solid outputs overall.RB James WhiteNew England’s leader in targets (74) and receptions (55) on the year led the team in both categories Monday night, as he saw 13 passes come his way on the evening. He managed to catch 10 passes for 79 yards. While he was not nearly as successful as a rusher, managing only 15 yards on 8 carries, he did score on a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter. White scored 20 fantasy points on the game, his second consecutive 20-plus point fantasy outing and his third such outing this season.Patriots D/STThree sacks, one fumble recovery, and one interception returned for a touchdown are all big fantasy football scoring plays. Not allowing a touchdown is also outstanding. When the team defense in your lineup does all of these things in one game, you usually have an angry opponent. New England’s defense and special teams racked up 20 points this week, which was the top score at the position for Week 8. Fantasy defenses are averaging 14.9 points per week against Buffalo. Yikes.WR Julian EdelmanTom Brady’s favorite wide receiver had a big day Bills Rafael Bush Jersey , catching 9 passes for 104 yards. After missing the first month of the season due to a PED suspension, Edelman has caught 25 passes for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns in the four games since he returned to the lineup. While he was unable to score a touchdown yesterday, his overall numbers were still good for 16.2 fantasy points.Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears: penalties a consistent preseason problem The preseason is over! The next time you see a Buffalo Bills penalty recap, it should be in all its regular season glory, complete with Penalty Harm ratings! The Bills and Chicago Bears were penalty prone as has been the case all preseason, but as we indicated last week, there’s no cause or alarm, as preseason performance doesn’t inherently carry over. The good news for the “why even bother” question is that there’s always types of penalties to dissect and learn from. Personal fouls were prominent, and that’s where our intrigue lies this week. Bills notesWhen looking at yards per assessed flag, the NFL was under nine yards per penalty in 2017. Against the Bears, the Bills were at 11.6 yards per assessed penalty. Yuck. The drastic skewing toward personal fouls and holding penalties elevated the average considerably. Get used to these. At the heart of the new lowering the head penalty is a full-on effort to change how tackling is done in the NFL. The old “low man wins” strategy still applies, but you’d better be sure you’re dropping everything but your head. Siran Neal attempts to adjust to the new rule by going so low that his right knee is on the turf. As we’ve seen several times already in the preseason Bills Star Lotulelei Jersey , this is risky business.Bears notesThe Bears had two more penalties assessed and 26 yards more than the Bills. They also averaged 11.8 yards per assessed penalty. The last three flags on the list look more like the play by play from a Mutant League Football game than anything that should be coming out of an NFL one. The last couple helped the Bills move down the field to secure their comeback victory. Will AJ McCarron take one for the team? Try “several,” apparently. Take a long look at this sentence: “A standard of strict liability applies for any contact against a passer, irrespective of any acts by the passer, such as ducking his head or curling up his body in anticipation of contact.” This is taken from the notes section of the NFL Rule Book regarding roughing the passer. The philosophy of this sentence essentially translates to “the defender is responsible for 100% of what happens to a quarterback, no matter what he happened to be doing.” The quarterback ducks late and the defender can’t pull up to avoid contact with the helmet? Too bad. Strict liability. This is important because...Isaiah Irving is completely liable for what happens to McCarron here. There are multiple scenarios in which quarterbacks have special protection, but the throwing or passing posture is the underlying principle behind the roughing penalty. Though it’s hard to argue Irving’s timing is malicious, the fact that AJ McCarron is so obviously in a throwing posture means Irving takes full blame for everything that occurs. The rules prohibit “stuffing” the quarterback because of their vulnerable position while throwing. This one doesn’t look egregious in real time, but it’s a good call. One more applicable sentence from the rule book says, “...the defensive player must strive to wrap up the passer with the defensive player’s arms and not land on the passer with all or most of his body weight.”The rule prohibits “forcibly” making contact with the head or neck area of the quarterback. This can occur from various body parts. However, several subsections of the rules protecting the quarterback specifically cite the forearm. While a hit with the hand can often be seen as incidental, forearm strikes are almost always an easy call. This flag saved the game for the Bills. An incomplete fourth down pass in the shadow of their own endzone became a first down 15 yards down the field. Abdullah Anderson tries to pull up and manages to avoid stuffing McCarron. But it’s too late. The motion of McCarron’s head and the forearm on the helmet make this one an easy call.
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