The Cowboys were charged with six penalties against the Tennessee Titans that totaled for 52 yards. A handful of them ruined offensive drives, and one of them kept a Titans offensive drive alive. You know the one I’m talking about.
Many have accused the NFL of “going soft” by not allowing big hits anymore, but it’s not like that even happened when Leighton Vander Esch found Marcus Mariota near the ground. You be the judge.
RT if this is the worst "penalty" you've ever seen pic.twitter.com/Bv0ccWhJZT— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) November 6, 2018
Ultimately, as fate would have it, this Titans possession would end in zero points thanks to both a Marcus Mariota and Ryan Succop miss, but the point stands that the penalty was ridiculous. It’s impossible for NFL defenders to play a game without drawing a yellow flag and that’s something that Tyrone Crawford has had enough with. He spoke about his dislike for the officiating over the last two games.
There could have been better officiating. I’m gonna say it, I don’t care what they say. There could have been better officiating just like last game when we played Washington. It’s been horrible. Something needs to be said about it.
You’ll remember (of course) that the Cowboys drew a penalty due to a “snap infraction” against L.P. Ladouceur in the final moments on the road in Washington two weeks ago. That penalty was quite costly as Brett Maher could have connected from five yards closer and sent the game to overtime, but ifs and buts are candy and nuts or something like that.
Does Crawford have a point in that NFL officiating is suspect at times? Absolutely. Are the Cowboys the only team on the receiving end of this, though? Not really. Officiating is tough around the entire league but obviously we feel it more intensely when it happens to the Cowboys because that’s the team we follow most closely.
Perhaps the NFL will pump the brakes on all of this officiating, but perhaps a polar bear will invite us to his igloo to watch the Cowboys take on the Eagles this Sunday night as well. This sort of officiating is here to stay, we just have to get used to it. Oh well.