If you’re of the opinion that Von Miller shouldn’t have been flagged for pretending to offer Tyrod Taylor a hand to his feet, only for the Denver Broncos linebacker to make like every big brother ever and pull his hand away, then you’ve got company.
Not only are you in agreement with just about everyone on Twitter …
That Von Miller penalty might be the worst I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Both guys were laughing. That’s inexcusable in that spot. Inexcusable.
— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) September 24, 2017
Von Miller AND Tyrod Taylor laughed at Von’s fake handshake.
Doesn’t seem like unsportsmanlike conduct…
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) September 24, 2017
Von Miller is amused.
Tyrod Taylor is amused.
Referee is not amused. pic.twitter.com/W9AkM7CN53
— Adam Harstad (@AdamHarstad) September 24, 2017
That personal foul call on Von Miller might be the worst flag I’ve ever seen. 15 yards for pulling the old “psyche” move? Dumb. #Broncos
— Jay Elsen (@ElsenMidcoSN) September 24, 2017
… and Taylor himself …
Q: “Were you laughing at Von Miller because you thought it was funny or since it was a flag?”
A: “Both.” pic.twitter.com/Xaan6iESW2
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 24, 2017
… but you feel the same way about the play as the last two heads of NFL officiating.
“To me it was an overreaction, unless there was something that was said,” said Mike Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL who’s now an analyst for Fox Sports. “It’s just not a foul.”
Dean Blandino, who took over for Pereira as VP of officiating before following him to Fox Sports, concurred: “I have to agree. If something is said at an opponent, that’s one thing. It didn’t appear on the video … I think it’s an overreaction.”
The terrible whistle might have cost the Broncos a win. The incident occurred just after the Bills offense had fallen to fourth-and-6 on the Broncos 46-yard line, up by seven with just under eight minutes remaining.
Instead of getting the ball back down by one score, the Broncos defense remained on the field as the Buffalo Bills gained two first downs, forced Denver to eat all their timeouts, and kicked a field goal to go up 26-16, where the score would remain, with three minutes left.