NFL Officiating Costs Jets Over Patriots
Entering the day, the New York Jets were ahead of the New England Patriots in the AFC East Standings. New England defeated New York by a final score of 22-17, but the NFL officiating was the story in this football game and it can't be ignored by any means.
The Jets had a 10-3 lead in the second quarter over the Patriots. Right before halftime, Michael Carter picked off Mac Jones and it would have been returned for an 84-yard touchdown. New York would have taken a 17-3 lead over New England right before halftime, but the refs called a "roughing the passer penalty" on John Franklin-Myers. Franklin-Myers barely touches Mac Jones and it negated the touchdown.
The roughing the passer penalty has been like this all season long. https://twitter.com/BoyGreen25/status/1586814665773830145
New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh asked for an explanation from the refs. He was told that Mac Jones was "hit too hard." If anyone was watching the football game, that wasn't the case. This was another typical Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick paying off the refs type of you know what.
Because of the negated touchdown, it led to a 42-yard field goal by Nick Folk for the New England Patriots right before halftime.
On the opening drive of the third quarter for New England, Mac Jones threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jakobi Meyers on a fourth down play. However, the Patriots should have been called for offensive pass interference on Hunter Henry, but it was never called. That is usually called 99% of the time, but since it is the Patriots, they never call it.
This video is proof of it. Watch for yourselves.
On the New York Jets first drive of the second half, Greg Zuerlien missed a 45-yard field goal. He was obviously ran into on that play, but the refs swallowed their whistles once again. It was a fourth-and-11. It wouldn't have been a first down, but it would have been a re-do of the try.
The officiating in this game was a joke all day. It appeared as if the New York Jets were playing 11-on-14 against the New England Patriots. New York has lost 13 straight against New England and it appeared as if the refs didn't want to see that streak end.
Those refs must have placed a bet on the New England Patriots before the game, across the street at a sportsbook venue. Well, the New York Jets will have to wait another day to beat their arch-nemesis unfortunately.
The New England Patriots (4-4) next game will be at home against the Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1) next Sunday 11/6.
The New York Jets (5-3) next game will be at home against the Buffalo Bills (5-1) next Sunday 11/6.