Here’s the thing – Dallas had a real chance to win Thursday’s game.
The officiating was terrible. Plain and simple. You hate to blame the officials and never want to credit that part for losing a game. However, it must be mentioned.
The officials were putrid. You can argue semantics until the cows come home, really, you can. The fact of it all is that they made calls against the Dallas Cowboys that shouldn’t have been called, while they allowed Oakland to get away with a ton of things that should have.
Don’t give me the penalty totals, an equal amount of calls though a total disparage in the yardage, as Oakland should have had 5 more than they did. Listen, I have no problem if you are going to make a terrible call, as that’s part of the game and sports.
There is an issue when every single one of the terrible calls is going on one side with practically none on the other side.
For example, there was an instance where the Raiders safety clearly hit the Cowboys ball-handler when he was standing out of bounds. He was literally standing out of bounds, was hit, and yet no flag was thrown.
There was another occasion in the final drive and prior to the last PI, where the offensive lineman wrapped his arm around Micah Parsons neck to keep him from sacking Derek Carr.
Again, the game is subjective, and officiating is hard, we get it. However and at least, be equally terrible on both sides if that’s the way you are going to call it.