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Cowboys-Raiders punishments frustrate Micah Parsons and Jerry Jones: ‘I should be playing football, not tag’

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Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium turned into laundry day.

Flags spilled onto the grass non-stop for nearly four hours as the Cowboys hosted the Raiders. The umpire team led by umpire Shawn Hochuli, Ed’s son, produced 28 accepted penalties – 14 for each team – for 276 total yards (a franchise record of 166 against Dallas). The calls ranged from obvious false starts to an esoteric foul on Raiders center Andre James for a head shake. Dallas defensive back Anthony Brown was tagged four times for pass interference, the latter setting Las Vegas to win 36-33 in overtime.

One of the more curious decisions was to mistreat Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons’s passer in the third quarter. He hit falling Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the helmet after Carr threw a pass to Hunter Renfrow. Carr’s head made incidental contact with Parsons’ knee.

Parsons spoke on behalf of many players and fans with his evaluation of the game and the happy nature of the team flag.

“We should play soccer, not tag”, Parsons said. “I’m not here to support anyone and play tag like my best friend. I have a job to do and I see [Carr is] out of pocket, so I’m going after the quarterback. “

“At the end of the day, soccer is an aggressive game and you’re going to attack the ball and you’re going to play through the ball and you’re going to play defender,” Parsons later said. “At the end of the day, there will come a point in time … when are you really going to let us play?”

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It was a rhetorical question, but Parsons would not receive a satisfactory answer if he made a direct inquiry to the league office. The NFL intends to keep quarterbacks healthy, and then everyone else on the field. That means calls like the roughing penalty.

A frustrated Cowboys owner / GM, Jerry Jones, no doubt wished the zebras had let them play more, especially regarding IP penalties.

“This is not a criticism of the rule. It is a criticism of the discretion of how you use them in the game.” Jones said, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.

“Oakland (sic) took advantage of the situation,” Jones said. “I call it ‘ball to throw’. Correct way to play it in a game like this [is] just throw it away and get a penalty. “

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Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, who is a fan of not being fined by the league, was short and sweet when asked about the flag party.

“Twenty-eight penalties, I don’t know what the hell you want me to say,” he said. “Write what you want; I totally agree.”

It wouldn’t surprise Parsons, Jones or McCarthy to learn that Hochuli’s team throws the most flags in the league. According to profootball-reference.comAccording to statistics, the team had scored 135 penalties in its previous 10 games this season, with 66 against home teams and 69 against visiting teams. After Thursday, the total came to 163, which, according to totals from nflpenalties.com, put him No. 1 among umpire teams with the remainder of week 12 to play. The three-flag difference between home and road did not change.

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And while officials stayed true to form Thursday, they weren’t that close to making league history. The NFL record for penalties for both teams is 37, set by the Browns (21) and Bears (16) on November 25, 1951. The most since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger is 35, for the expansion. Buccaneers (20) and Seahawks (15) October. October 17, 1976.

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