Last night in Seattle, the NFL officials did another hack job officiating the Bills-Seahawks game, and the Bills got screwed.
It started innocently enough; with Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter lining up for a field goal with 3 seconds left in the first half. Then everything went crazy.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman jumped offsides, and the play was whistled dead. But Sherman kept going. Sherman dove for the block and crashed into Carpenter on his follow-through. Carpenter writhed on the ground in apparent pain, holding his knee. Then he popped up like nothing happened, thinking he had a roughing the kicker penalty coming. But, no. There was no call on Sherman for roughing, which seemed crazy. Officials are throwing flags like they’re getting paid per penalty call this season, but that wasn’t roughing? Huh? Sherman who just last week claimed the league isn’t protecting it’s players enough seemingly ignored the football and went for the Bills kicker’s legs. If that wasn’t enough, it got worse.
Because Carpenter was rolling on the ground in “pain,” that brought the Bills’ trainers out. The Bills had no timeouts left, and the rule is that an injured player has to miss the next play. It’s hard to kick a field goal without your kicker, but Carpenter had to come out. And it made the non-call even worse, because if Carpenter was hurt on a penalized hit he could have stayed in the game. It should have been called unnecessary roughness. (Bills head coach Rex Ryan let the officials hear it). It wasn’t and the Bills tried to spike the ball and allow Carpenter another chance with a few seconds left on the clock. The officials screwed that up too.
Like the situation needed to get weirder – the Bills were called for a delay of game penalty. Why? Because the officials were standing over the ball until only a few seconds remained on the play clock. And then, backed the Bills up five yards because of the penalty, Carpenter kicked it … and it knuckled and veered right, missing by what looked like a few feet. The half ended and the Bills went on to lose.
Walt Anderson and his crew made several big mistakes during this sequence of events. That’s a fact. Even NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino admitted that almost immediately. Will anything be done? Probably not. And the NFL is wondering why their viewership is down. Well last night’s screw up is one of several reasons.
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