Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium became laundry day.
Flags spilled onto the turf continuous for nearly 4 hours because the Cowboys hosted the Raiders. The officiating crew led by referee Shawn Hochuli, son of Ed, produced 28 accepted penalties — 14 for every staff — for 276 whole yards (166 towards Dallas). The calls ranged from apparent false begins to an esoteric foul on Raiders heart Andre James for a head bob. Dallas defensive again Anthony Brown was flagged 4 instances for go interference, with the final one organising Las Vegas to win 36-33 in additional time.
One of many extra curious calls was roughing the passer on Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons within the third quarter. He tapped a falling Raiders QB Derek Carr on the helmet after Carr threw a go to Hunter Renfrow. Carr’s head then made incidental contact with Parsons’ knee.
Parsons spoke for lots of gamers and followers together with his evaluation of the play and the crew’s flag-happy nature.
“We must be enjoying soccer, not tag,” he informed reporters after the sport, per Jori Epstein of USA Right now. “When are you going to allow us to actually play?”
It was a rhetorical query, however Parsons would not obtain a passable reply if he made a direct question to the league workplace. The NFL is intent on protecting quarterbacks — after which everybody else on the sphere — wholesome. Meaning calls just like the roughing penalty.
A annoyed Cowboys proprietor/GM Jerry Jones certain wished the zebras had let ’em play extra, particularly with regard to the PI penalties.
“This isn’t a criticism of the rule. It’s a criticism of the discretion of how you utilize them in play,” Jones stated, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.
“Oakland (sic) took benefit of the state of affairs,” Jones stated. “I name it ‘throw-up ball.’ Proper approach to play it in a recreation like this [is] simply throw it on the market and get a penalty.”
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, who’s a fan of not being fined by the league, stored it quick and candy when he was requested concerning the flagfest.
“Twenty-eight penalties; I do not know what the hell you need me to say,” he stated, per NFL Community’s Jane Slater.
It would not shock Parsons, Jones or McCarthy to be taught that Hochuli’s crew throws probably the most flags within the league. In line with pro-football-reference.com‘s stats, the crew had referred to as 135 penalties in its earlier 10 video games this season, with 66 towards residence groups and 69 towards visiting groups. After Thursday, the full was as much as 163, which, in accordance with nflpenalties.com’s totals, put it No. 1 amongst officiating crews with the rest of Week 12 to play. The three-flag distinction between residence and street did not change.
And whereas the officers stayed true to kind Thursday, they did not come that shut to creating league historical past. The NFL document for penalties by each groups is 37, set by the Browns (21) and Bears (16) on Nov. 25, 1951. Probably the most because the 1970 AFL-NFL merger is 35, by the growth Buccaneers (20) and Seahawks (15) on Oct. 17, 1976.