NFL Hands Down Punishment to LB Matt Milano

A costly penalty in the Buffalo Bills' season-opening defeat to the New York Jets likely cost Pro Bowl linebacker Matt Milano more.

Milano was fined $10,927 for taunting following his second-quarter interception by the NFL on September 16.

The penalty may have cost the Bills points on the drive, which were crucial in their 22-16 overtime defeat to the Jets.

Sean McDermott criticized the Bills' blunders, particularly Josh Allen's four turnovers, after the game.

Milano was called for taunting after intercepting Jets quarterback Zach Wilson in the second quarter with the Bills leading 10-3.

The turnover might have given the Bills a two-touchdown lead against the Jets, but Milano's penalty moved them back 15 yards and they settled for a field goal.

“We made it pretty hard on ourselves,” McDermott told The Associated Press after the game.

Turning the ball over four times makes it impossible to win this league. You play yourself and the other sideline player. Tonight, we did that, which isn't how you win games.

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