ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made it clear he did not put his team’s 36-33 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on officials.
But he also made it clear that he was not happy that they were affecting the game.
The Cowboys and Raiders were each penalized 14 times in Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game. The Cowboys were awarded a franchise record 166 yards from those penalties; Raiders 110. In the third quarter, Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph and Raiders safety Roderic Teamer were thrown out after an off-field fight after a punt.
The game’s final turn came on a 33-yard pass interference penalty on Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown, who did not turn around for a deep pass thrown by Derek Carr on third-and-18 from Las Vegas 43 who set up the game. -winning field goal attempt.
“Well, this is probably going to be the most watched game apart from the Super Bowl, and I hated that it was about throwing the ball up and getting your penalties to get your big games,” Jones said. “And I think we were into it. Now, do not get me wrong, I’m so proud of our team for the way we hung in, hung in and came back and played, but it’s frustrating for everyone, for everyone our fans at this particular time, to have a game that had you on a pretty uncertain footing as to where you would be with your fundamentals, i.e. whether they would be called or not.And they also got calls so it is just a slightly unbalanced way of playing the game. “
But that was not surprising.
In the meeting with Mike McCarthy before the match, Jones said there was an expectation that it would be a match with high penalties. When he entered the competition, Shawn Hochuli’s team threw the fifth-most flags (153) and had the third-highest penalty (1,207) of the season.
“Twenty-eight penalties – I do not really know what the hell you want me to say,” McCarthy said. “Write what you want, I’m totally for it.”
The Cowboys have been among the highest-scoring teams in the league all season. They moved up as No. 1 in the league after Thursday’s game with 91 for 816 yards. The Raiders are number two with 89 for 785 yards.
“It was frustrating, of course,” McCarthy said. “The game was breathtaking from start to finish. Give our guys the credit for continuing to focus and fight. The numbers are absurd, understand it for sure. But like everything in this game there are trends and patterns and we anticipated this game being serviced in this way.
“But in the same breath, it’s the line you have cross-border. I do not want our boys to slow down and play slower. We have already tried that, and it did not help us overtrain the penalties a few weeks ago. We” we must stand up and keep fighting. We need to really focus on our fundamentals and finish games. We will look into it thoroughly. We evaluate the penalties every week. We will break them down and that will be part of our basic emphasis when we get ready for the Saints. “
Brown’s penalty was 91 yards. He is the third player since 2000 to have been marked four times for defensive pass interference in a single game, along with Trayvon Mullen and Xavien Howard.
Brown called it “one of those days” even though after a break in the second quarter he appeared to be wearing a flag from officials.
“As a DB, you definitely need to have a short memory, on to the next game,” Brown said. “We are involved in the last. Unfortunately, the last penalty was crucial. We just have to keep fighting. We can not control when the judge throws flags or does not throw flags. We can not discuss with them. Because it does not come to change something. “
Micah Parsons was called for a roughing-the-pass punishment as he looked down on Carr.
“I think we should play football, not brand,” said the novice linebacker.
The Cowboys also overturned a potential fumble recovery in the first half after Jayron Kearse appeared to stick the ball free from tight-end Darren Waller. The replay official determined the pass was incomplete and McCarthy could not challenge.
“I was actually on the sidelines with my helmet away and celebrating with my teammates,” Kearse said. “I can not control the call they make. I can not control it. We just keep playing football. To each his own. You can turn on the movie and everyone who sees it can see what was going on. “I have not seen the play. I just know from my point of view that I personally thought he ran with the ball. Like I said, that’s the referee we got tonight. We just have to live with it.”