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Bills called offsides on opening kickoff, negates fumble recovery

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills speaks with line judge Mark Steinkerchner #84 during the first half against the New England Patriots on September 20, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. New England defeats Buffalo 40-32. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills speaks with line judge Mark Steinkerchner #84 during the first half against the New England Patriots on September 20, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. New England defeats Buffalo 40-32. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

After being flagged 17 times in Week 4, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan instituted a penalty-for-push-up rule in practice this week. Well, it doesn't appear to have worked.

On the opening kickoff against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Bills recovered the ball inside the 5-yard line after Bishop Sankey muffed the kick. What a great start to the game for the Bills, right? Wrong.

Marcus Easley of the Bills was called offsides, negating the fumble recovery and giving the Titans a second chance.

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The Titans didn't score on the ensuing drive, but the Bills should have opened the game with the ball inside the 5-yard line. If possible, Ryan likely would have had his entire team drop and give him 50 push-ups after that horrendous penalty to start the game.

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