After Further Review: Jets-Raiders 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

Raiders 3-25 (leading to zero Jets first downs)
Jets 8-83 (leading to one Raiders first down)

Note: This does not include penalties that are declined or off-set.

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

Jets Penalties

  • Intentional grounding on Zach Wilson. Pitched it into the dirt at the feet of his linemen with the nearest receiver, Breece Hall, several yards downfield.
  • CJ Uzomah holding to negate a first down run on a reverse. Reached across the chest of Jerry Tillery and had a handful of jersey.
  • Bryce Huff roughing the passer. No complaints here. Huff, knocked to the ground, actively propelled himself into a low hit on Aidan O'Connell.

Raiders Penalties

  • Malcolm Koonce offside. Toppled forwards and had his hands in the neutral zone at the snap.
  • Davante Adams offensive pass interference. Clearly engaged with his man before the ball was caught on a screen pass.
  • Deliberate delay of game on a punt.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Holding on Laken Tomlinson. This was on the play where Hall leapt over a defensive back at the marker and his knee collided with Amir Robertson, knocking him out. Tomlinson had a dominant block on his man, driving him several yards downfield and it seemed unnecessary for him to hold onto his man as he tried to fight off it.
  • Holding on CJ Uzomah to negate Hall's touchdown run. This was a strange one and Uzomah awkwardly pulled Maxx Crosby to the ground reaching behind him.
  • Ace Carter/Mekhi Becton chop block. It's illegal to cut block a pass rusher if they are engaged with another blocker. Becton was fully engaged with another man but just had a paw resting on the man who was cut down so this seemed harsh. It negated a third down conversion to Tyler Conklin.
  • Xavier Gipson offensive holding. This was on a receiver screen and Gipson held on despite being away from the ball.
  • Joe Tippmann false start. Clearly the officials felt there was some kind of snap infraction but it just looked like a normal snap on the broadcast footage. Crosby reacted and was in the neutral zone when the ball was snapped.

Raiders Penalties

  • Andre James holding. Dragged down Jermaine Johnson in the backfield to negate a third down scramble.

Notable no-calls etc

Here were some of the other notable missed calls, replay situations and controversial moments:

  • Quinnen Williams and Quinton Jefferson both bit on a hard count but managed to avoid crossing into the neutral zone. On another play, Solomon Thomas was arguably early with his get-off as he guessed the snap count.
  • Wilson's dive for the pylon was changed from a touchdown to out of bounds at the three-yard line and this was correct as his foot was about an inch into the white.
  • Both teams called a timeout to avoid a delay of game call.
  • The Jets wanted a false start on Hunter Renfrow on a first down sneak by the Raiders. He did flinch right before the snap and, despite what the announcers said, did not then make this look like motion.
  • The down by contact ruling on Jordan Whitehead, which the Raiders lost a timeout by challenging, was actually correct, again despite what the announcers said. Any contact was made before Whitehead secured possession so he was entitled to return it.
  • Adams wanted a penalty on Sauce Gardner as he was right with him on a crossing route. It looked like Gardner had him locked on his hip and was resting a hand on him but any sign of a grab was imperceptible.
  • The Jacobs fumble was tough to see and, although the ball came out before he was down, it's possible he regained possession while down before losing the ball altogether. However, it wasn't clear enough to overturn the call on the field either way.
  • Huff seemed to be held on the Raiders touchdown.
  • Robert Saleh did seem to have been screwed out of 3-4 seconds when he called timeout at the end of the game.

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