Troll calls against MNF prompt jury scrutiny


KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) – The controversial Rough the Passer penalty just before halftime of the Las Vegas Raiders’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night dealt another blow to the NFL and its beleaguered refereeing crew. I got

The Chiefs had just scored to cut the deficit to 17-7 when Chris Jones stripped Derek Carr from behind. The Pro Bowl defensive his tackle landed on the Raiders quarterback and stole the ball at the same time. A replay showed that the ball was clearly loose and Jones had clearly recovered.

The play occurred with less than two minutes remaining and was not reviewed.

Chiefs coach Andy Reed burst out from the sidelines and argued with all parties within earshot. After the teams traded his goals on the field and led the Raiders to his 20–10 lead at halftime, Reed cornered Sheffers again as he headed to his locker room.

When the players came out in the second half, Kansas City fans booed the Sheffers louder than the hated Raiders (1-4). The Chiefs (4-1) overtook Las Vegas 30-29.

The call came a day after Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was flagged by referee Jerome Boger for a seemingly harmless tackle on Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The penalty gave the Buccaneers a first down and allowed the Falcons to run out time in a 21–15 win rather than giving them a chance to drive for the win.

“What I had was grabbing the quarterback while the defender was still in his pocket and throwing him to the ground unnecessarily,” Boger told Pool reporters after the game. is what I was making the decision for.”

The NFL has been criticized for failing to protect Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after he was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was assaulted in a game against Cincinnati. , suffered a concussion when his head was slammed into the turf by Josh Tupou of the Bengals, who was not flagged during play.

The NFL rulebook states: as a foul.

The rulebook also states:

Falcons cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. said Sunday, “Obviously, from my perspective, it looked like it was a bad decision.” They pay these guys to make the calls, it looked bad from my standpoint, but like I said, I was on the back end. We put these guys out there and made those calls.”

Meanwhile, the Chiefs have had many conflicts with the Sheffers in the past.

The biggest was in the 2016 playoffs against Pittsburgh, when the Sheffers called for holding left tackle Eric Fisher, denying him a tying two-point conversion. We advanced to the AFC title game. Chiefs tight end Travis Kels said Sheffers “foot he shouldn’t even be able to work in a locker.”


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