The Dallas Cowboys hosted the Las Vegas Raiders Thursday afternoon, and yet again the referees made themselves the stars of the show.
Raiders-Cowboys was the first NFL game in 18 years in which both teams had 14+ penalties and 100+ penalty yards.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) November 26, 2021
28 PENALTIES FOR 276 YARDS! It’s literally like the refs were a third team on the field. The only difference was they were just there to disrupt the flow of the game.
It’s easy to say that if players didn’t break the rules the referees wouldn’t have to throw the flag. But that’s not the case at all. The inconsistencies of the calls is what’s so frustrating to fans.
Take the Bills/Saints game from Thursday night. Every time a Saints defender made a big play they were up in one of the Bills players grills, postering, talking shit, and dare I say, taunting. The referees didn’t flag them once for taunting. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I think the taunting rule is fucking awful, but where is the consistency?
I swear if the Bills get called for 1 taunting penalty after letting the Saints taunt every play I’m gonna lose it pic.twitter.com/GLBvuNiBsc
— Todd Littles (@Hot_Toddy_GGSN) November 26, 2021
It ironic that hardcore football fans are usually the first ones to insult baseball. But now that we’re knee deep into week 12 of the season, I’m starting to realize the pace of play in the MLB is better than the NFL. Football officials don’t put on the theatrics like baseball umpires, but they’re just as big of a problem.
Yes, officials need to call penalties. Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown committed four pass interference penalties against the Raiders, and every one was obvious and deserved. But never every call made that much sense.
This one decided it. Four pass interference calls against Anthony Brown today pic.twitter.com/FoJO5ks1b9
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 26, 2021
The most egregious call came in the fourth quarter when Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons tapped a falling Raiders QB Derek Carr on the helmet. Carr’s head made incidental contact with Parsons’ knee.
Parsons was pissed, and after the game and he said what everybody else was thinking.
Lol this was roughing the passer! Never been a dirty guy! But can someone teach me how I could have played this better?! https://t.co/MmgZBJQLLx
— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) November 26, 2021
“We should be playing football, not tag,” Parsons said,as transcribed by Tom Gatto of the SportingNews “I’m not here to support anybody and play tag like he’s my best friend. I’ve got a job to do and I see [Carr is] outside the pocket, so I’m going after the quarterback.”
“At the end of the day, football is an aggressive game and you’re going to attack the ball and you’re going to play through the ball and you’re going to play the defender,” Parsons said later.
“At the end of the day, it’s going to come to a point in time . . . when are you truly going to let us play?”
The Thanksgiving games are traditionally the highest rated regular season games. Because each game has no competition on a holiday in the United States, it’s a chance for the NFL to showcase its product. If regular football fans were getting anxious and annoyed by all the calls, imagine what was going through the minds of the casual observer.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was obviously less than thrilled with the game, but in Jerry’s regular “poor me” rant to the media, Jones made a solid business point.
“I call it ‘throw-up ball.’ This will arguably be the most-watched game other than the Super Bowl. I hate that it got down to just throwing the ball up and getting the penalties to get you big plays,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News.
The NFL dropped the ball on Thursday. The day started with the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears competing in a game that meant nothing and was about as compelling to watch as the “Puppy Bowl”
Pretty impressive that the Bears 🐻 & Lions 🦁 managed to make a Thanksgiving Day NFL game decided with no time left uninteresting.
— Dan Kelley (@DanKelley66) November 25, 2021
The Cowboys vs Raiders had a chance to be a really good game, but in between injuries, COVID-19 cases, and the fucking penalties, a game that went to overtime is being talked about for all the wrong reasons.
On a Thanksgiving day that had a game finish on a last second field goal & another game that went to overtime, all anybody is talking about is how bad half the teams are & how awful NFL referees are.
The NFL dropped the ball on their second biggest showcase day of the season.
— Ray Rauth (@dpn_ray) November 26, 2021
The NFL has a lot to address. They need to figure out how to fix the issues they have with their officials. They need to get rid of this stupid fucking taunting rule, and they need to schedule better teams on a day that’s only second to the Super Bowl.
The NFL has to start flexing or changing Thanksgiving games https://t.co/PXXPCyiufO
— Ray Rauth (@dpn_ray) November 26, 2021