The NFL sent out a memo to teams last month about new stadium noise policies. The league said," 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."
OK, So home teams are not allowed to blare music when visiting teams are in the process of snapping the ball. That would be an unfair advantage, wouldn't it?
YES. The Patriots ran an up-tempo offense against the Bills throughout the game. On the Patriots first offensive series they had to call a timeout because the stadium noise was so loud that Brady couldn't communicate with his receivers.
FYI: The Bills have train horn at Ralph Wilson Stadium. A train horn is extremely loud and annoying, especially during a game.
The Bills were playing the train horn throughout the game, especially when the Patriots had the ball. That would be considered cheating.
Whatever the verdict is, the Patriots do not have to complain. The NFL will receive the Bills video board paired with the PA system audio by Wednesday and they will be able to figure if the Bills went too far and broke the rules.
The Bills could be fined and docked a draft pick for their actions............