The Kansas City Chiefs escaped with a one-point win over the Las Vegas Raiders during their Week 5 Monday Night Football game.
They came from 17-points down and limited the Raiders to nine second-half points.
But given the close win, Chris Jones’ roughing the passer penalty could have been crucial.
Jones committed that infraction with over a minute left in the first half.
An argument can be made that the former Mississippi State standout made a clean play as he bear-hugged Derek Carr onto the ground.
Luckily for the Chiefs, it happened before their 14-0 third quarter, which helped them turn the tide.
Despite the victory, the three-time Pro Bowler has some things to say about that penalty.
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Jones said, “From the ref’s point of view, he probably looked like that initially. But when you look at the replay, it’s a whole different thing.”
He added, “We have to be able to review roughing the passers in the booth. You have to look at the Grady Jarrett situation.”
Two Questionable Roughing The Passer Calls
Jones brought out a similar infraction called on Atlanta Falcons defensive end Grady Jarrett.
He pointed out that the call came at a critical juncture because it was a third-down stop.
Without the penalty, the Falcons get the ball back and have an opportunity to win the game.
Instead, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ran out the clock to preserve a 21-15 victory.
With this violation now in the limelight, a discussion must be called between the officials, the coaches, and the players’ representatives.
It will be a wake-up call to differentiate clean sacks from excessive contact.
Jones has a point in allowing roughing the passer calls to be reviewed.
The game will slow down, but calls will be more accurate.