After Further Review: Jets-Texans 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

Texans 4-32 (leading to two Jets first downs)
Jets 5-40 (leading to two Texans first downs)

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

  • Shaq Lawson illegal use of the hands. This was an unnecessary penalty as Lawson shoved back the Texans player's helmet late in the play long after the run had gone the other way.
  • Alijah Vera-Tucker holding. This was an obvious call as Vera-Tucker basically peeled off his initial block to tackle the linebacker to the ground up high.
  • Delay of game before the late Braden Mann punt. This was a deliberate decision to give up five yards but the Jets still failed to down the punt.

Texans Penalties

  • Brevin Jordan false start. Lined up in the slot and flinched before the snap.
  • Ross Blacklock offside to negate sack. Clearly jumped before the ball was snapped.
  • Nico Collins offensive pass interference. Blocked off a Jets player on a rub route, but it was a moot point anyway because the third down pass was still incomplete.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Deuce Carter pass interference penalty. This was initially called against Bryce Hall but the record was corrected in the official gamebook. Carter made early contact as the receiver had half a step on him at the 10 yard line.
  • Hall pass interference on Brandin Cooks' touchdown catch. It's irrelevant anyway because it was still a touchdown, but this one looked like a soft call because contact at the catchpoint seemed minimal compared to other plays.
  • Trevon Wesco holding penalty on Ty Johnson outside run. This was difficult to see and Wesco was shaking his head afterwards. However, it does seem like Wesco had a grip around the shoulder pads as Johnson got to the outside.

Texans Penalties

  • Roughing the passer on Jaleel Johnson. This was the play where Johnson grabbed Zach Wilson's helmet. It could equally have been announced as a face mask penalty. The play has to be blown dead by rule even though Wilson still had the ball and could, in theory, have thrown it.
  • Leverage penalty on Blacklock to give the Jets a first down instead of a successful field goal and set up the winning touchdown. This was definitely the correct call. Blacklock tried to hurdle over Dan Feeney to attempt to block the kick, but pushed him downwards as he did so, which is extremely dangerous and the kind of thing the rule was introduced to prevent.

Notable no-calls

Here were some of the notable missed calls, controversial moments or review situations.

  • The officials missed a neutral zone infraction on Demarcus Walker in the red zone. The Jets gained five on the play anyway but it would have been 1st-and-5 instead of 2nd-and-5.
  • They pretty consistently "let them play" at the catch point, as Hall had made a lot of contact on a key pass breakup and Javelin Guidry also got away with a lot of contact on a late Hail Mary pass. Hall and Cooks also had their hands all over each other before Cooks made a contested catch. That one could even have been offensive pass interference on Cooks who had two fistfuls of jersey before the ball arrived.
  • The replay booth correctly upheld Cooks' touchdown catch, Tavierre Thomas' interception and Zach Wilson breaking the plane on the decisive touchdown. They also overturned Moore's catch which seemed fair because the ball hit the turf and although Moore had the ball pinned against his hip, it would be a stretch to say that he maintained control.
  • Shaq Lawson got away with a low hit on Tyrod Taylor as he completed the tackle after he was knocked to the ground.
  • Both George Fant and Morgan Moses seemed to get away with holding penalties on the outside.
  • Justin Hardee appeared to be held on the kick return out past the 30 in the second half.

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