From a penalty standpoint, the Las Vegas Raiders versus Dallas Cowboys duel was one of the ugliest games of the year. A total of 28 penalties were awarded in the game – 14 from each team. Penalties were an important factor at every stage of the game, including overtime, when Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown was called in for pass interference that put the Raiders within field goal range.
The team achieved the game-winning field goal on this drive. It was certainly a game where the referees played an important role in the end result. Despite the fact that each team was penalized 14 times, the Cowboys were quickly responsible for the 36-33 loss. Dallas owner Jerry Jones came out immediately after the game and called the umpires.
“This is going to be the most watched game other than the Super Bowl,” said Jones. about Jon Machota. “I hate that it was all about throwing the ball up and getting the penalties to get you big moves. … This is not a criticism of the rules. It’s a criticism of discretion, how you use it and what plays. Everyone knows that on any move you can issue a penalty in many different ways.
“You have to have a feel for what you’re trying to do in a ball game. This is how it became. You played the game best the way the game had to be played with this incumbent philosophy. If you knew it was going to be like this all the time, you’d go out there and throw 40-yarders every time and they’d let you take your calls. “
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There is no doubt that there have been questionable calls against the Cowboys throughout the game. However, there have also been many questionable calls against the Raiders, including a false start against center Andre James late in the fourth quarter that should have been a neutral zone violation in defense. Had this game been called correctly, the Raiders would have gotten the first down and might have been able to burn enough clock that the Cowboys didn’t get a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Fans were quick to go after Jones for blaming the referees for his team’s defeat.
If the Raiders lost, they could sign a tune similar to Jones. At the end of the day, both teams got some really bad calls, so it’s hard to tell that either team had an advantage.
Rookie linebacker Micah Parsons has quickly become a force for the cowboys. He had a sack against the Raiders and was a constant source of trouble for quarterback Derek Carr on the backcourt. One of the most questionable penalties in the game came after a rough pass to Parsons. During the game he slapped Carr over the head with his hand, but it was certainly not a strong blow. Parsons wasn’t happy about the call after the game.
“We should play football, not tag,” Parsons said via Dallas News. “You know what I mean? I’m not here to support someone and play tag like they’re my best friend. I have a job to do. I see it’s out of my pocket so I’m going to the Quarterback. “
It was an all-round tough game from the reigning point of view.
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