Cowboys-Raiders penalties frustrate Micah Parsons, Jerry Jones: ‘Needs to be taking part in soccer, not tag’

Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium was 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 workforce — 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 occasions for move interference, with the final one establishing Las Vegas to win 36-33 in time beyond regulation.

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 move to Hunter Renfrow. Carr’s head then made incidental contact with Parsons’ knee.

Parsons spoke for lots of gamers and followers along with his evaluation of the play and the crew’s flag-happy nature.

“We needs to be taking part in soccer, not tag,” he advised reporters after the sport, per Jori Epstein of USA Today. “When are you going to allow us to really play?” 

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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 holding quarterbacks — after which everybody else on the sphere — wholesome. Meaning calls just like the roughing penalty. 

A pissed off Cowboys proprietor/GM Jerry Jones positive 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 said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

“Oakland (sic) took benefit of the state of affairs,” Jones stated. “I name it ‘throw-up ball.’ Proper technique to play it in a sport like this [is] simply throw it on the market and get a penalty.”

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Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, who’s a fan of not being fined by the league, saved it brief 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 Network’s Jane Slater

It would not shock Parsons, Jones or McCarthy to be taught that Hochuli’s crew throws essentially the most flags within the league. In accordance with pro-football-reference.com‘s stats, the crew had known as 135 penalties in its earlier 10 video games this season, with 66 towards house groups and 69 towards visiting groups. After Thursday, the full was as much as 163, which, in keeping 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 house and highway did not change. 

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And whereas the officers stayed true to type Thursday, they did not come that shut to creating league historical past. The NFL report 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.

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