By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Since I am neither a player nor a season ticket holder, I am calling out the NFL Officiating team.
What appears to be a one-sided officiating crew down in Miami must be stated, reviewed and reprimanded for the preposterous penalties against the Bears and all the missed penalties against the Dolphins.
Let’s review a few, in case you have no idea what you “may” have missed.
On the Bears second possession, they were penalized immediately for a delay of game with a whistle blow as the clock hit zero. But when the same thing occurred with the Dolphins in overtime, the clock hits zero before the snap, in which the play continues with a handoff to running back Frank Gore that resulted in a touchdown.
Here is the :00 on Gore’s 24-yard run in OT. pic.twitter.com/klDBtJAVi3
— Andrew Link (@BearsLink82) October 15, 2018
In another mind-blowing missed penalty on Miami’s offense, this one occurring in the 4th quarter with 3 minutes left on the clock. Miami tackle Jesse Davis pushes Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks in the face, lifting off his helmet. The ref allows the game to continue as Osweiler throws for a TD tying the score.
Even Osweiler looks back and throws his hands up like, “I don’t know why it wasn’t called.”
In the first half on 2nd and goal, pass rusher Khalil Mack has to push off of a Miami lineman to avoid a chop block to his knees.
How about the “ghost” pass interference call on Leonard Floyd?
This brutally violent act by Bears LB Leonard Floyd on Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler drew a roughing the passer penalty. There’s simply no room in the sport for such gruesome violence. Please do not allow small children to watch this video. pic.twitter.com/NPDstdwPNG
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) October 14, 2018
But I’m sure there were missed penalty calls on the Bears as well. For instance this beauty right here. This would be a missed tripping call.
I’m still trying to figure out how this isn’t a penalty pic.twitter.com/QMCiDIPA0s
— TanneGase (@TheDolphinJoe) October 14, 2018
Even though Tom Thayer mentioned on 670 The Score that Miami had no penalties, that may be incorrect as NFL.com has the Dolphins with 7 penalties and the Bears with 6. What should be corrected are the penalties that should have been called.
Was the game officiating one-sided in favor of the Dolphins? Maybe. But only the crew would know.
With all that being said, maybe it is time for the NFL Officiating powers that be to start correcting wrong calls that swing the outcome of a game. Kind of like stripping a medal from an Olympic medalist who cheated and giving it to the actual winner.
But if that doesn’t pan out, maybe just calling the penalties correctly would be a great start.
As far as I’m concerned, Bears won this game in the 4th quarter.
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