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Penalties doom Bills in loss to Giants

Posted: 6:14 AM, Oct 05, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-05 10:14:31Z

If once is an accident and twice is a trend, the Bills have a serious problem on their hands.  Buffalo was flagged 17 times for 135 yards in a 24-10 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

The Bills are now 2-2 on the season and, despite Head Coach Rex Ryan saying he wanted his team to be the least penalized, his team now leads with 47 penalties through four weeks.

After a stellar showing in Week 3 in Miami which saw the Bills offense explode for 41 points, against the Giants the offense struggled to find its footing from the opening whistle.

Buffalo went three-and-out on five of its first seven possessions of the game. The Bills also only had two first downs and 78 totals yards in the first half. 

Things went from bad to worse for the offense in the second quarter as the Giants took advantage of a Tyrod Taylor interception to take a 16-3 lead into the half.

In the second half the offensive struggles continued for the Bills. 

Taylor had a 31-yard touchdown run wiped out by a holding call.  The drive ended without any points as Dan Carpenter missed a 30-yard field goal.

Back in the red zone to start the fourth quarter, facing fourth and goal the Bills were denied points again. 

Taylor connected with Karlos Williams on a swing pass but the Giants defense stopped the rookie running back short of the goal-line.

Taylor and Williams finally hooked up for a touchdown on a 23-yard pass to pull buffalo within 16-10, but it was too little too later for the Bills offense.

Eli Manning, who head coach Rex Ryan said he liked because he had beaten Tom Brady twice, answered with a 51-yard touchdown to Rashad Jennings.

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