1. NFL Officials
NFL Officials, you are in the Dawg House for the second time this season. It has not been a good year for the guys in the black-and-white stripes. If a player walks the wrong way, they’ll probably call a 20 yard penalty on it.
It could be the NFL “protecting” their player’s, or the officials not tolerating much this season, but it’s bad. Obviously, no team should put themselves in the position where the officials have to decide a game.
However, when they blatantly make atrocious calls that can change the entire outcome, it’s a problem. On Sunday, this crew made three terrible calls that cost the Browns the game. I don’t like blaming referees or officials, but this was ridiculous.
The first call was against safety Jordan Poyer in the second quarter. They called pass interference on him because he turned around a second too late in playing the ball on Jackson. It was a 50 yard penalty, and it helped the Redskins score a touchdown.
The next two calls were in the fourth quarter, where everything is crucial. Haden was called for a pass interference against Jackson. He was going stride-for-stride with him. He didn’t bump him or do anything to hinder Jackson from making the play.
Instead, it led to a 21 yard penalty, and Washington took advantage of it and scored. And of course the next play is the Johnson fumble, which took away anything the Browns had left inside of them.
It’s one instance to lose a game because the better team won, it’s another when officials are dictating the results based on their horrible calls. If this is what NFL fans have to expect on a weekly basis, the league is in trouble. What a disgrace.