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.
Chargers 9-78 (leading to five Jets first downs)
Jets 8-88 (leading to five Chargers first downs)
Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage
- Mekhi Becton false start.
- Nathan Shepherd late hit. This was somewhat unfortunate as Justin Herbert slid and then Shepherd bumped into him as he got back up.
- Harvey Langi illegal contact on Hunter Henry. Langi leaned on him the whole way as he ran up the seam.
- Chuma Edoga false start.
- Melvin Ingram neutral zone infraction. Becton smartly moved to draw the flag.
- Justin Jones neutral zone infraction. This time Greg Van Roten reached out and touched him to draw the flag.
Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation
- Bryce Hall pass interference as he grabbed the receiver at the top of his route stem. This is notable because Hall did exactly the same thing a few plays later, although this one wasn't flagged and the catch was made anyway.
- Arthur Maulet pass interference downfield. Clear flag here as Maulet grabbed the receiver all the way down the field.
- Edoga holding penalty on Joey Bosa's inside move. Edoga barely grabbed Bosa for a split second and it was a screen pass anyway so Joe Flacco probably still would have got the pass off, but Bosa fell to the ground to lead to the flag.
- Roughing the passer on Jordan Jenkins. This one seemed harsh as Jenkins arrived slightly after Henry Anderson and Tarell Basham but not egregiously late. He hit the quarterback with force but didn't really lead with the helmet and his strikezone was below the head and neck area.
- Connor McGovern blatant holding penalty. Lost his leverage and ended up bearhugging his man as Flacco escaped the pocket.
- Donald Parham offensive pass interference. This was initially identified as a holding penalty but he was blocking his man before the screen pass was even released. He did grab Lamar Jackson too though, so either call would have been appropriate.
- Casey Hayward illegal contact on Denzel Mims. Hayward did disrupt Mims early on in this route, but the contact continued downfield to the point where it could easily have been deemed after the pass was released and called as pass interference instead.
- Mike Davis pass interference on Mims. This could perhaps have been considered uncatchable but Davis was all over Mims and never looked back for the ball as he forced him to the sideline so the call seemed fair.
- Denzel Perryman pass interference on Breshad Perriman at the goal line. Perryman collisioned the crosser near the goal line but this was within five yards of the line of scrimmage so should have been legal as long as the quarterback was still in the pocket. However, Flacco had released the pass so this was a correct call and perhaps therefore poor awareness from the linebacker.
- Bosa roughing the passer. This was disgraceful because he was two or maybe even three steps away and nailed Flacco with a massive blindside hit.
- Cole Mazza holding on Jets punt rush. The most blatant call of the game as Mazza essentially rugby tackled Lamar Jackson even though he wasn't the most likely to get there first.
- Bosa second roughing call. This was that typical low hit call where the player had tripped rather than dived into the player's knees. However on this occasion, Bosa did still seem to forcibly hit Flacco below the knee when he was in a position to legally wrap him up instead.
In such a close game between two poor teams, there were not surprisingly a number of contentious calls in both directions. Let's run through some of these:
- As already mentioned, Hall got away with a second pass interference.
- Flacco had an incomplete pass initially ruled as a fumble but the replay booth correctly ruled he still had the ball in his hand with the arm coming forwards.
- Jerry Tillery had a late and high hit on Flacco that should probably have been a personal foul.
- Perriman's touchdown was reviewed and it's possible his knee was down before the ball crossed the plane, but he arguably didn't have full control at that point so the call correctly stood.
- Mims got away with a push-off on at least one of his catches.
- Neville Hewitt got away with a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Herbert slide.
- Mims got credit for a reception that the announcers felt was juggled out of bounds but this was never reviewed because the Jets got the next snap off quickly. We never got a great review of this but Mims did pin the ball against his shoulder while still inbounds and there was no clear evidence that he ever lost control although he did add a second hand to get a stronger grip as the defender tried to disrupt it.
- Flacco had an apparent fumble that was rendered moot because of the Bosa low hit penalty. However, replays showed that he was clearly down. This did have an impact though, because Edoga - having initially assumed the play was over - tried to chase it down and aggravated his ankle injury.
- There could have been a pass interference call on the fourth down throw the Mims that effectively iced the game for the Chargers, although both players seemed to have a handful of jersey so a no call made sense.
Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...