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Bills may have gone too far with pre-play stadium sounds

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In the aftermath of the odyssey known as #DeflateGate and the short-lived phenomenon known as #HeadsetGate, two things were clear: (1) anyone who loses in Gillette Stadium can try to blame it not on their own failure to perform but on cheating; and (2) anyone who hosts the Patriots can take liberties with the rules and there’s nothing the Patriots can say about it.

The first example came in the first game after the Steelers suggested that something fishy happened in the regular-season opener at Gillette Stadium. (The NFL quickly concluded that nothing fishy happened.) The Bills hosted the Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and on multiple occasions the very loud third-down train horn blared when it arguably shouldn’t have.

In the memo sent last month reminding all teams of the NFL’s in-stadium noise policies, the league said this: “The home team is permitted to play audio while the visiting team is on offense and the play clock is running. The audio must cease by the time the play clock reaches 20 seconds, or when the visiting team’s offense reaches the line of scrimmage, whichever occurs first. Pursuant to this policy, the visiting team’s offense is considered being at the line of scrimmage when the center touches the ball.”

The Patriots used the no-huddle offense on multiple occasions, and on multiple occasions when the Patriots used the no-huddle offense the Bills were blaring the train horn.

It’s unknown whether the Patriots made an official complaint to the league regarding the apparent violation of the noise rules. If they were to make any suggestion of it publicly, they’d invite plenty of eye rolling and cries of “karma!” from fans of the Bills and the other 30 teams not named the Patriots.

It may not matter if the Patriots complain. By league rule, “[a]ll clubs must submit a recording of the video board feed paired with the PA system audio by the Wednesday following a home game.” So if the Bills went too far when the Patriots had the ball, the NFL easily will be able to figure it out.

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115 Responses to “Bills may have gone too far with pre-play stadium sounds”
  1. luponatrix says: Sep 21, 2015 4:52 AM

    I’m just relieved that there are heroes out there protecting the integrity of the game.

  2. DelayOfGame says: Sep 21, 2015 5:10 AM

    # BillsGates!

  3. realpatsfan says: Sep 21, 2015 5:20 AM

    I see the cheaters sign held up by fans.
    maybe they were talking about themselves.

  4. tpaleo says: Sep 21, 2015 5:39 AM

    Funny that the Bills were viewing this game as the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to winning the AFC East.

  5. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Sep 21, 2015 5:53 AM

    Cheated and still got rolled by the Workd Champs! 😉

  6. otistaylor89 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:01 AM

    Fine the Bills $1M, take away a 1st and 4th round pick and we’ll call it even.

  7. eojtrid says: Sep 21, 2015 6:05 AM

    The Bills weren’t cheating….they were pushing the envelope. Right Bill?

  8. j0esixpack says: Sep 21, 2015 6:05 AM

    You’d never hear the Patriots make a public excuse for a loss – but they should bring such Gamesmanship to public attention as every team “cheats” like that

    Other teams fans just delude themselves and since they are perennial losers no one cares

  9. jrclark1978 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:15 AM

    Nothing is easy enough for the NFL to figure out, as we have all come to learn over the past few years.

  10. crybabysayscheatertoomuch says: Sep 21, 2015 6:18 AM

    Wait, what? That can’t be! Only the Pats cheat 😉

    Seriously, now you can see how greatness handles adversity, not with tears and excuses but with completions & touchdowns.

    BTW, I’m offering 2 cents on a dollar for used air pumps 🙂

  11. footballgodtb12 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:37 AM

    As a Patriots fan, I never noticed…too busy watching Brady carve up a top ten defence that spent over $250 million dollars on a defensive line

  12. marcuswelby1 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:38 AM

    …but the game wasn’t at Gillette so the league will ignore it.

  13. bullcharger says: Sep 21, 2015 6:39 AM

    That game showed how great Brady is. It’s really unbelievable. Noise wasn’t going to disrupt him yesterday.

  14. boblavoie says: Sep 21, 2015 6:41 AM

    That wasn’t train whistle, it was Ryan, his team and the Bill’s fans wailing as they got their a$$ handed to them. Ryan’s game plan: turn up the noise. turn up the hype and let’s pray the Patriots lose. Yes, Cryan WAS out-coached.

  15. yette1 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:43 AM

    Guaranteed, no penalty for the Bills, after all, its only against the Patriots.

  16. thecape15 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:45 AM

    Poise. Discipline. Focus. Brady.

    It doesn’t matter. Nobody can stop us.

  17. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says: Sep 21, 2015 6:49 AM

    Patriots have a culture of cheating and have been getting away with it for over a decade. I’d say some noise during their huddle is the tip of the iceberg of karma & justice coming towards them.

    ****

  18. exodus316 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:49 AM

    The NFL may be able to figure it out, but it is highly unlikely the good folks at Football Ops (Vincent, Kensil and Gardi) will care.

  19. tombrady12isgod says: Sep 21, 2015 6:51 AM

    It wasn’t the patriots who did it so expect this to be swept under the rug.

  20. Matt Dolloff says: Sep 21, 2015 6:54 AM

    Patriots won’t file a complaint because they don’t make excuses.

  21. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Sep 21, 2015 6:55 AM

    Where have I seen this before. The league already sent a memo and unlike another team who interpreted it to its letter…the Bills actually ignored it and also unlike a similar incident with another team…this absolutely did give them an in game advantage.

    Hmm. Therefore I expect a hefty punishment for the cheating Bills. And I think it’s funny that they cheated and still got WHOOPED. 🙂

  22. dollahdave says: Sep 21, 2015 6:56 AM

    Guess will will find out when they review the tape,chumps.

  23. rjpats says: Sep 21, 2015 6:57 AM

    Hope the Bills aren’t going to miss that 1st round pick.

    Cheaters.

  24. cpepin31 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:58 AM

    I’m OK with it. The more you cry the more we put on the board. Keep classy loosing season after loosing season fans.

  25. stipez says: Sep 21, 2015 6:58 AM

    I Was wondering why the stadium was so close to a train yard. I concluded that all of Buffalo is a train yard and that’s why I kept hearing the horn.

  26. cadlow says: Sep 21, 2015 7:03 AM

    They may have already lodged a complaint to the league. Most teams do after every game they play every week.
    But say something about it to the media?
    No the Patriots wouldn’t say something. They don’t make excuses publicly. Probably if someone asked him about it. Bellichick would give one of his Bellichikian responses like “There’s noise at every stadium. You just have to deal with it.”
    Its gamesmanship.

  27. espntmz says: Sep 21, 2015 7:04 AM

    The Bills could have played that famous video of the black dude tickling Rex Ryan’s wife’s feet when Brady was under center and it wouldn’t have mattered. Pats crushed the Buffoon…as usual.

  28. Unchained81 says: Sep 21, 2015 7:05 AM

    Can only imagine the outrage if this happened in NE. But of course it didn’t so no one will care. Funny how it’s OK when other teams push the limits but if the Patriots do it all of a sudden their incredible accomplishments are easily dismissed as cheating. The double standard is amazing.
    -Cardinals Fan

  29. nikobelic2014 says: Sep 21, 2015 7:06 AM

    Patriots should file a complaint any time their opponents cheat even the slightest bit just to get that organization and their fans off their high horse..

  30. ktonis29 says: Sep 21, 2015 7:08 AM

    Whining is for the other 31! The Patriots just win and move on. #31whiners

  31. mikermiker says: Sep 21, 2015 7:09 AM

    But yet nothing that anyone ever writes or says will change the fact that every Patriots “championship” is tainted with one of the largest cheating scandals the NFL has ever faced.

  32. redrew says: Sep 21, 2015 7:10 AM

    Goodell and his henchman will leak to their ESPN spokespeople that although the league was generally aware of excessive noise, the New England Patriots exacerbated the situation by approaching the line of scrimmage at an excessive rate…creating unfair conditions for Buffalo’s sound men. Hatchetman Vincent has docked NE a 3rd round draft pick and fined Tom Brady $250k for failure to give Buffalo ample time to turn off their horn.
    Video of Wrecks Ryan giving the horn pumping sound from the sideline has been removed from NFL Networks online site and no further discussion will be allowed.

  33. themikegun says: Sep 21, 2015 7:10 AM

    If it turns out they broke the rules, aka “cheated”, would this mean the Bills four Super Bowl losses are tainted? ****

  34. rakuman26 says: Sep 21, 2015 7:26 AM

    OMG you mean the Bills cheated???? I thought only the Patriots did something like that.

  35. redrew says: Sep 21, 2015 7:39 AM

    The Patriots ignored a memo prior to Spygate….and were docked a 1st rounder and a hefty fine.
    Lets see what kind of justice the league hands down to teams that ignore league memos.

  36. lemmetalkwouldya says: Sep 21, 2015 7:47 AM

    Just imagine the outcry if this happened in Foxboro??!!!!!!!

    “CHEATERS, DIRTY ROTTEN CHEATERS!!!!!!”

    Let it happen in Buffalo, and …… *crickets*

  37. muffedpunts says: Sep 21, 2015 7:49 AM

    chris mortensen reports 11 of 12 vendors selling cream that takes off face paint sold out by the end of 3rd quarter

  38. nizzoli says: Sep 21, 2015 7:50 AM

    Take from them 1st rounder, 1 million and disqualify the bills def captain cause he must know what was happened.

  39. celticfan2015 says: Sep 21, 2015 7:51 AM

    Oh no – here comes #trainhorngate

  40. gtodriver says: Sep 21, 2015 7:52 AM

    Brady and the Patriots did the best thing possible – they just beat the Bills and the Steelers.

    I hope the NFL does go after the Bills. What they appear to have done is just as bad as what the Falcons did.

  41. mikeleasara says: Sep 21, 2015 7:53 AM

    Its the Bills a bunch of losers so it will be swept under the rug!

  42. pwellz says: Sep 21, 2015 7:59 AM

    Cheating cheaters. *1-1

  43. iamapatsfan says: Sep 21, 2015 8:01 AM

    Is that in the same infraction list as pumping in crown noise? Or is it more minor than that?

    Still, I suppose it should be at least looked at, I guess.

    On the other hand, it wasn’t the Patriots, so no one is going to care. Least of all Roger “Discipline by Magic Eight Ball” Goodell.

  44. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 21, 2015 8:06 AM

    Rex Ryan team = lots of noise period

  45. iloveagoodnap says: Sep 21, 2015 8:07 AM

    They probably did.

    The entire Bills organization needs to take a look at itself this morning and remember they’re a team trying to make tbe playoffs for the first time in 16 years and not defending a super bowl title. This past week was an embarrassing circus.

    And I’m a huge Bills fan.

  46. peytonmanningsforehead says: Sep 21, 2015 8:12 AM

    The bills will always suck, but I digress.
    Didn’t take long for (train) wrecks Ryan to show just how over his head he is. All the while clueless bills fans buy into his schtick. Losers.

  47. godelligoodelligoo says: Sep 21, 2015 8:22 AM

    Pretty sure Mr Deflator was blaring train horns so the Bills defense couldnt hear the communication…tatz why they sucked so badly covering that no name RB!…

  48. patriotwayrules says: Sep 21, 2015 8:24 AM

    TRAINHORNGATE!!

    That CHEATING franchise should be banned all year, lose next years first and fourth round pick, and WRECKS suspended for a year. Sick and tired of their cheating ways. Enjoy your asterisks cheaters…!!! Oh dam forgot, they haven’t won anything yet!!

  49. General Lee A. Ware says: Sep 21, 2015 8:27 AM

    And since most of the fans on here act like 17 year old girls, I’m sure they won’t care if the patriots were put into a disadvantage. People like to cry about perceived “cheating” (I use that term loosely) by the patriots, but they are very selective about when to be outraged. It’s just human nature. When the team you hate gets an edge, it’s time to jump on the soap box and whine, but when the roles are reversed, well it’s just gamesmanship. It’s only a gigantic scandal when it’s not your team…

  50. iman62 says: Sep 21, 2015 8:30 AM

    Wait, you want the Pats to submit a recording after spygate to show the Bills were violating the rules? This sounds like a trap.

  51. disorien says: Sep 21, 2015 8:32 AM

    can you imagine the response if the patriots had done this?

  52. zielinski18 says: Sep 21, 2015 8:32 AM

    The Bills play the horn on first down to announce the Defense is on the field, and on 3rd down. They have done this for many years so I don’t see the issue unless yesterday they timed it differently. Either way the Bills D had no answer for the quick release offense.
    Signed- A Bills Fan

  53. pastabelly says: Sep 21, 2015 8:35 AM

    As a Patriots fan, I can honestly say, who cares? The Patriots had over 500 yards in offense and it didn’t make a difference. This is football and not golf. What annoys me more is if the Patriots had done this, we would already be calling this “#horngate”.

  54. One for the thumb says: Sep 21, 2015 8:42 AM

    So only the Patriots should be punished for breaking rules. Got it.

  55. neil0311 says: Sep 21, 2015 8:45 AM

    It’s only cheating when the Patriots do it. When other teams do it, they get ignored or maybe a warning is issued.

    The “integrity of the game” is only at issue when whining opposing coaches at Gillette stadium (cough…Harbaugh…cough Pagano…cough…Tomlin) whine.

  56. marima07 says: Sep 21, 2015 8:45 AM

    We noticed it too, that the horn seemed to play when it shouldn’t, but didn’t know there was a rule against when it could be played.

  57. uknepatsfan says: Sep 21, 2015 8:52 AM

    Its OK though as they did it against the Pats.

    Against anyone else they’d be in trouble, though.

  58. chrondogg says: Sep 21, 2015 8:53 AM

    further proof that every club will push the rules or “cheat” to gain whatever advantage they can.

  59. bunkerhillbob says: Sep 21, 2015 8:56 AM

    Who’s the cheater, now?

  60. dogcat10 says: Sep 21, 2015 8:56 AM

    I noticed this last year sounds like a freight train times 20

  61. 41chacha says: Sep 21, 2015 8:56 AM

    If there is an infraction of the rules and it is not against the Patriots the league will let it slide!

  62. dandeman19 says: Sep 21, 2015 9:02 AM

    WOW haters other teams do it imagine that

  63. zombiepatriot says: Sep 21, 2015 9:03 AM

    What no new -GATE?!?

    Oh yeah, it didn’t occur in New England so nothing to see here. Move along.

    ……….

    Of interest is how New England was seemingly prepared for it and it did not seem to effect their play on the field, which leads me to believe that Belichick is one heck of a coach!

  64. Patskrieg says: Sep 21, 2015 9:06 AM

    Tisk tisk… cheaters…

  65. rjc32586 says: Sep 21, 2015 9:07 AM

    In all fairness, Bill Polian was there for a halftime ceremony and the Bills know how much he loves illegal noise. They were just giving him a tribute.

  66. tommythehaus says: Sep 21, 2015 9:08 AM

    classless bills are such cheaters…
    no rings since….ahh never mind that’s just too easy…

  67. bluebuns says: Sep 21, 2015 9:22 AM

    I personally think there are too many baloney things that the NFL complains about and very few teams does it apply to, unless you are The Patriots Organization. If this happened in Foxborough-Espn would already be calling calling it Noise-Gate

  68. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Sep 21, 2015 9:24 AM

    Forget about the legality of it, it was friggin’ annoying as hell just on TV. I can’t imagine anybody at the game was enjoying it.

  69. crybabysayscheatertoomuch says: Sep 21, 2015 9:39 AM

    Roger? Kensil? Anyone? C’mon man, I thought you guys were all about “integrity of the game”?

    From Mort to kravitz to Carter, Brunelle and Bettis, it was a lie from day one.

    Nice try boys, better luck next time. Maybe if you have actual evidence you might fare better.

    How many blown calls by refs did we see across the league yesterday? How many episodes of “cheating” did we see?

    Time to grow up Haternation. This is a big boy sport. Not peewee soccer.

  70. pdpepsilon03 says: Sep 21, 2015 9:45 AM

    Bill’s fans:

    What are all of you going to do with those inflated pumps?

    LOL

    Still the same sexy Rexy. He’s probably chewing on some feet last night

  71. jag1959 says: Sep 21, 2015 9:47 AM

    The Hoodie always has his team focused and prepared. NE, above the noise in so many ways.
    Pile on all the hate you want but he is the best coach of the salary cap era and it isn’t even close.
    The only real flaw I can find is the same one that fans of 31 teams all do, he isn’t coaching the team I root for. His defensive game plan for SB 25 got Big Blue a championship though, so there’s that.

  72. itsnotreallycomplicated says: Sep 21, 2015 9:58 AM

    BB probably had the patriots practicing with train horns blaring in the background for just this situation. Nice try though buffalo.

  73. milehipigskin says: Sep 21, 2015 10:21 AM

    Nobody cares about Buffalo. Big deal, loser-ville. Play your train horns, for all the good it did you.

  74. rjpats says: Sep 21, 2015 10:23 AM

    2015 Bills 6-10*

  75. realitylooms says: Sep 21, 2015 10:23 AM

    I noticed the timing of the horn but thought little of it. NFL HQ will do nothing. It doesn’t fit their agenda. The Patriots doing it would bring fines, suspensions, and loss of draft picks as well as call it #Horngate—oh yeah, a conspiracy would then be mysteriously “Leaked” to a third-rate local Buffalo reporter. The Patriots continuing to win is driving the ex-NY Jets execs that run the NFL even more insane.

  76. brwmstr says: Sep 21, 2015 10:30 AM

    I would argue that pumping in noise is worse than videoing from the wrong area and playing with balls that naturally decrease in air pressure due to atmospheric conditions….the Pats lost 2 first rounders…the Bills should lose there first rounder next year…that will send a message to ALL the teams that do this very thing week after week after week…..All you Patriot haters wanted skewer BB and TB, well now the microscope is on all your games. You want the rules enforced and no more gamesmanship…well careful what you wish for it may bite you in the ass.

  77. trycked says: Sep 21, 2015 10:33 AM

    We’re onto Jacksonville.

  78. patsrule59 says: Sep 21, 2015 10:35 AM

    You mean to say the Bills cheated and yet STILL lost?

    God, what a pathetic franchise.

  79. tattooit says: Sep 21, 2015 10:45 AM

    They should deport them to London for playing that god awful eurotrash techno music all afternoon.

  80. dandeman19 says: Sep 21, 2015 10:48 AM

    What are you referring to? Spygate ? They were punished. Deflategate? Even Wells said something to the affect of they were barely guilty. I also know for fact the NFL does not use calibrated gauges. Therefore you cannot achieve exact measurements.

  81. thehumburger says: Sep 21, 2015 10:49 AM

    The rest of the owners don’t care enough about going after the Bills to pressure Goodell to do anything about this particular incident of cheating.

  82. lyfordjr says: Sep 21, 2015 10:59 AM

    “In the memo sent last month reminding all teams of the NFL’s in-stadium noise policies, the league said this: ‘The home team is permitted to play audio while the visiting team is on offense and the play clock is running. The audio must cease by the time the play clock reaches 20 seconds, or when the visiting team’s offense reaches the line of scrimmage, whichever occurs first…'”

    In a memo sent just prior to the 2007, the league reminded teams that any video taping had to be done from an enclosed space, not the sidelines. The Patriots violated that rule in the first game, and lost a first round draft pick as a result.

    Anyone expect the league to respond to a more game-impactful violation by the Bills similarly?

    They shouldn’t, of course – it’s not a big deal. But it shouldn’t have been a big deal when the Patriots had a camera in the wrong place in 2007, and the NFL League Office lost its collective mind, with a grotesque overreaction, the fruits of which we all saw for the last 9 months, and are living with today…

  83. patriotinvasion says: Sep 21, 2015 11:11 AM

    OMG OMG. CHEATERS!!!!!!! Bills have been cheating their way to mediocre all these years. #NoiseGate

  84. STILLlolatpatshaters says: Sep 21, 2015 11:23 AM

    The Bills Super Bowl championships are all tainted.

    Oh wait. 🙂

  85. td1439 says: Sep 21, 2015 11:27 AM

    “But yet nothing that anyone ever writes or says will change the fact that every Patriots “championship” is tainted with one of the largest cheating scandals the NFL has ever faced.”

    Thanks for the laugh. If you think using a recently-outlawed methods of signal-stealing, one which had been common across the league for quite some time prior to 2006, is one of the largest cheating scandals the NFL has ever faced, I don’t know how to help you. But by all means, enjoy explaining away every moment of New England’s success if it helps you sleep at night.

  86. sonhoodoo says: Sep 21, 2015 11:31 AM

    The NFL will be able to figure it out?

    Funniest one-liner ever.

  87. lippah23 says: Sep 21, 2015 11:34 AM

    To all pats fans do only thing the haters do is try and rrile us up we know wat time it is Brady is God they can’t beat him! Hahahahaha loving it cry babys

  88. ztigr says: Sep 21, 2015 11:44 AM

    To break the world record for sound all they had to do was record one of Rex’s press conference, that loud mouth can blow.

  89. beniselite says: Sep 21, 2015 12:02 PM

    Mike, how is this any different from Spygate???

    I cannot see how this is in any way different, down to the memo/reminder that was sent right before the season. This arguably gives the home team much more of an advantage than Spygate as it disrupts EVERY play the visiting offense has. The Spygate advantage theoretically would have worked on away games too though, even if it was just 1 or 2 plays.

    60 plays * 8 home games

    vs

    2 plays * 16 regular season games

    The Bills need an equal or greater punishment…or the Patriots #1 draft pick needs to be returned.

  90. chinoloco93 says: Sep 21, 2015 12:39 PM

    500K Fine for Sexy Rexy
    250K Fine for the Bills organization
    Loss of first round draft pick.

    Oh, this was against the Patriots, never mind, we will just issue another warning memo to the offending team…

  91. jaysmack says: Sep 21, 2015 12:46 PM

    i think every team should just cheat against the patriots and when they get caught just say “you cheat to!”. pay off the ref’s, blare music when pats are in huddle, etc.. do whatever it takes to win and when the pats cry foul then just say “you cheat to butthurt hater!” and lie about it. This is the culture the so called “champs” created. disgrace to football and all sports for that matter.

  92. joker65 says: Sep 21, 2015 12:51 PM

    Why do they play a train horn? They don’t have anything to do with trains?

    Vikings blow the giant Viking horn. Panthers have the growl. Eagles, Seahawks, Falcons play the bird shriek. Pats have the 10 gun salute.

    Bills play a train horn?

  93. alexjrado says: Sep 21, 2015 12:54 PM

    Yet another rule I was completely unaware of… I’m still on page 147,254,812,898,156,215,654,235 of the NFL Rule Book.
    Solution: How about the crowd can be as loud as it wants and when the any team breaks the huddle just stop with the media noises.

  94. patriotwayrules says: Sep 21, 2015 12:57 PM

    I heard the train was on a set of tracks, and the TRAIN WRECK was on the field at the RALPH!!!

  95. gazzzmann says: Sep 21, 2015 1:33 PM

    Give REX a $200 million+Defence but he cant teach BRAINS 17 penalty’s?????

  96. crybabysayscheatertoomuch says: Sep 21, 2015 1:43 PM

    Remember when home field advantage in Cleveland meant throwing bottles at the refs?

    The train horn was used illegally. We timed it. Worse than taping signals. NFL must respond and penalize or they show themselves to be total frauds.

  97. therea1pmac says: Sep 21, 2015 1:43 PM

    “Losers assemble in little groups, and complain about the coaches and the players in other little groups.

    Winners assemble as a team”.

    This is all that needs to be said about the New England organization…

  98. peyton42 says: Sep 21, 2015 2:13 PM

    It worked awesome too.

  99. crybabysayscheatertoomuch says: Sep 21, 2015 2:22 PM

    jaysmack says:
    Sep 21, 2015 12:46 PM
    i think every team should just cheat against the patriots

    Who says they don’t?

  100. tigerlilac says: Sep 21, 2015 2:33 PM

    LeSean McCoy and Dion Lewis both played well for their respected teams on Sunday but one was given a max contract to play for the Bills and the other was a street free agent who signed near the veteran minimum. Maybe, just maybe, Belichick is much better at not only coaching but also at shopping for the groceries.

  101. dritchie84 says: Sep 21, 2015 4:09 PM

    This got buried quickly…..if it’s against the pats it normally lingers all day….I was on at 8:30 this morning and saw nothing of this…..weird.

  102. Thretosix says: Sep 21, 2015 4:13 PM

    ESPN just released information that they received from an NFL source, that the Patriots hacked the sound system and did this to frame the Bills. Ted Wells will be independently investigating this with Pash.

  103. mattytwoshoes says: Sep 21, 2015 5:13 PM

    I see the cheaters sign held up by fans.
    maybe they were talking about themselves.

    I think the sign is referring to the ticket sales office who convinced fans to buy season tickets based upon the second coming Jesus, err I mean Rex.

  104. lanman11 says: Sep 21, 2015 5:26 PM

    tpaleo says:
    Sep 21, 2015 5:39 AM
    Funny that the Bills were viewing this game as the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to winning the AFC East.
    *******************************************************

    Apparently the light at the end of the tunnel was an oncoming train…..lolzzzz….and I don’t mean the third down train horn. I mean The Patriots Express, that rolled over those circled wagons, then shuffled off from Buff-a-lo….

    Yet another Buffalonian Bummer. It’s like I am watching a Wile E. Coyote cartoon and the Patriots are The Road Runner…. beep beep!

  105. hightower10 says: Sep 21, 2015 5:46 PM

    The Bills cheated and still lost!! It’s apparent that at least 26 of the 32 teams in the NFL have a low aptitude or suffer from a low football IQ. Therefore, I chalk all the cheating talk regarding my Patriots as a failure by other teams to consistently execute intelligently. With almost two weeks down in the 2015 season, just look at all the mental issues.

  106. rcosborne59 says: Sep 21, 2015 5:56 PM

    When Bill Belichick and the Patriots ignored the league memo on filming from sidelines we know what happened. Loss of first round pick and fines. I just want equal treatment for everyone including the hapless Buffalo Bills.

  107. styro1 says: Sep 21, 2015 6:32 PM

    Ryan, the supposed defensive genius, claims he still doesn’t know Pats RB Dion Lewis name is and said the Pats should have ran the ball. Is that why the Pats gained so many yards and scored so many points b/c Ryan thought they’d run the ball!?? I thought he was prepared for this game for months and went home early all week? What a clown.

  108. styro1 says: Sep 21, 2015 7:18 PM

    I knew the Bills got tips from the Colts about piped-in-noise last week.

  109. nyjetsfan08 says: Sep 21, 2015 8:04 PM

    Everyone cheats. Everyone skirts the rules. Files complaints.Or holds their tongue. Remember: The game is the game.

  110. knuckleheas5447 says: Sep 21, 2015 9:10 PM

    Buffalo, just some more meat.

  111. hairpie2 says: Sep 21, 2015 10:51 PM

    Buffalol

  112. jae121704 says: Sep 22, 2015 4:45 PM

    crybabysayscheatertoomuch says:
    Sep 21, 2015 9:39 AM
    Roger? Kensil? Anyone? C’mon man, I thought you guys were all about “integrity of the game”?

    From Mort to kravitz to Carter, Brunelle and Bettis, it was a lie from day one.

    Nice try boys, better luck next time. Maybe if you have actual evidence you might fare better.

    How many blown calls by refs did we see across the league yesterday? How many episodes of “cheating” did we see?

    Time to grow up Haternation. This is a big boy sport. Not peewee soccer.
    ________________________________________

    dammm sonnnn!!!!!! got em…..

    actually had me pumped up lol

  113. bcppats says: Sep 23, 2015 7:51 AM

    Camera-gate , deflate-gate, headset-gate, shoelace-gate , nose pick-gate. I look forward to the next excuse-gate the other lying and crying fanbases come up with. All this article does is attempts to prolong and validate a mythical scandal about air.

    BTW, what are TB12 ‘s stats since the footballs are not a couple of ticks under 12.5?

    Patriot Domination is the culprit and cause of these fairy tale scandals.

  114. section310 says: Sep 23, 2015 9:58 PM

    Will the Bills get whacked with a 1st and 4th rd. pick, $1,000,000 fine for this?

  115. jld62 says: Sep 24, 2015 11:33 AM

    Not a Bills fan, but I’m not so sure the Bills actually violated the rule. I know better than to assume guilt based on media reports. Yeah, they blew the stupid horn on plays where the Patriots went no-huddle and were standing at the line, but (when the cameras allowed) you could see that the horn was killed as soon as the center touched the ball. Most of the time, the cameras were focused elsewhere (or they were showing a replay) and you couldn’t tell exactly when he touched it versus when the horn stopped.

    Still, the general reaction has been informative. Seems like most fans are willing to acknowledge that this is, at best, a minor violation and move on. That’s how it should be, and making such distinctions is what we should be “teaching the children”, rather than mindlessly repeating some moronic “cheating is cheating” mantra.

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