After Further Review: Colts-Jets Officiating

By popular demand, we're again going to have a post after each game that breaks down some of the controversial decisions from the officiating crew in the game.

Penalty Count

Colts 4-40 (leading to one Jets first down)
Jets 7-57 (leading to one Colts first down)

Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage

Jets Penalties

  • Holding on Conor McDermott. Justin Houston beat McDermott on an inside arm-over move and McDermott grabbed him from behind.
  • 12 men on the field. Brian Poole seemed to be the extra man.

Colts Penalties

  • Holding on Quenton Nelson. The most obvious call all day as John Franklin-Myers beat Nelson clean with a sharp arm-over move so Nelson tackled him from behind to prevent the sack.
  • Holding on EJ Speed on a punt return. Speed got a little grabby as he tangled with Frankie Luvu as Luvu tried to get to the ball.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Pass interference on Pierre Desir in the end zone. Initially this looked like a really soft call, but the final replay showed Desir clearly prevented the receiver from making a play on the ball by yanking on his sleeve at the shoulder area.
  • Personal foul on Nathan Shepherd on an extra point attempt. Unless there was something after the play was over, this appears to be because Shepherd clambered over the long snapper as he tried to get into the backfield.
  • Alex Lewis and Chuma Edoga holding penalties on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter. These both looked a little innocuous on the broadcast footage. DeForest Buckner was bull rushing and Lewis seemed to keep his hands inside and didn't really grab him as Darnold vacated the pocket. Edoga was beaten inside but used his man's momentum against him to drive him out of the hole and must have been considered to let his hands go to the outside.
  • Nate Hairston holding on a punt. Yet again, Hairston got burned by the vice and seemed to try to grab him as he ran past. Whether he did though is another matter.

Colts Penalties

  • Pass interference on Kenny Moore. Braxton Berrios drew this over the middle as Moore - who didn't like the call - was making contact with Berrios to slow down his route after the throw was released.
  • Holding on Anthony Castonzo. Didn't look like there was much to this but Castonzo had his hands to the outside as he prevented Quinnen Williams from getting in on a stop on the edge.

Notable no-calls

The officials correctly picked up the flag on a play where Chris Hogan was initially called for offensive pass interference, but he was within a yard of the line of scrimmage when he set a screen to free up Braxton Berrios so that was correctly not called.

On the low catch by Daurice Fountain right before half time, the ball was juggled and seemed to hit the turf. So, that should have been incomplete.

In addition, he held the ball up in celebration after (not) making the catch and Bless Austin batted it out of his hands without him being down by contact. So even if it was a catch, it could arguably have been a fumble.

On an earlier drive, Austin gave up a first down on 1st-and-20 as TY Hilton tip-toed along the sideline. That looked like Hilton possibly was out of bounds before getting to the marker.

Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...