The dominant storyline of Thursday’s Raiders vs Cowboys match was officiating.
During the NFL’s Thanksgiving match, refs threw 28 flags and gained 276 penalty yards. It was a terrible scene that ended in a Raiders victory of 36 to 33.
Cowboys star Micah Parsons was called to account for one of 14 team penalties. He was penalized for roughing a passer. Raiders gained 15 yards due to the penalty and scored on the same drive.
Parsons attacked the officials following the game for not allowing players to play football.
“We should be playing football, not tag,” Parsons said, via Jori Epstein of USA Today. “I’m not here to support anybody and play tag like it’s my best friend. I got a job to do, and I see how he’s outside of the pocket, so I’m going to the quarterback. . . . I mean, we’re playing football at the end of the day.”
Micah Parsons on the roughing the passer call against him from Thursday: "We should be playing football, not tag." https://t.co/HWEmr98qyQ
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Micah Parsons was close to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, when Carr made a quick pass and fell to the ground. Parsons’ wrist/arm struck Carr’s helmet, and the refs raised a flag.
Here’s a look into the controversial call.
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Parsons took to Twitter to vent his anger over the call.
The Cowboys star said, “Lol that was roughing the passer.” “Never been dirty! Can someone please show me how I could have done this better? !”
There is a serious problem with officiating in the NFL. It is ruining the game.