All fan bases believe NFL officials are out to get their team.
And there’s no doubt, Raiders’ fans have had reasons over the years to have angst about the refs. The 2021 season was no different. But this year, Raiders’ opponents were called for penalties at a high rate as well. According to the Associated Press, opponents of the Las Vegas Raiders have been penalized for 1,021 yards. That was the second most in the NFL this season.
Most penalty yards on opponents this season:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) January 10, 2022
Titans 1,070#Raiders 1,021
Steelers 1,017 https://t.co/M1G7rqyOXz
It’s interesting that the top three teams to benefit from penalty yardage — the Tennessee Titans, Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers — all made the playoffs.
#Raiders now have a league-high 19 conversions by penalty on 3rd or 4th down. (Only 5 teams since 2000 have had more in a season). They had allowed 11.— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) January 10, 2022
The Chargers were called for 10 penalties in the Raiders’ playoff-clinching 35-32 overtime win Sunday night. Of course, the Raiders themselves had their issues with penalties this season. They were called for 124 penalties, the second most behind the Dallas Cowboys. Las Vegas’ 1,104 penalty yards are the most this season.
The Raiders were the only team in the lead to have more than 1,000 penalty yards counted against them and more than 1,000 yards benefitted to them on penalties.
What does this all mean? It seems like the Raiders had a lot of officiating crews this year that were looking to throw the yellow flag regardless do the team. It’s a problem in the NFL and the Raiders have seen it up close.
Other Raiders’ links:
- Crucial calls: Some big officiating calls were made in the Raiders-Chargers game.
- Tickets prices fairly reasonable: If you want to go to the playoff game in Cincinnati, tickets aren’t overly priced.
- Ingold is hyped: Injured Raiders’ fullback Alec Ingold reacts to the team’s playoff push.
- Sb Nation mock: Check out the it has going to Raiders in the first round.