Penalties Gone Wild For Raiders & Chiefs

From Arrowhead Stadium

Mike Carey and his officiating crew came into week No. 16 of the season as one of the more active groups in the league.

They outdid themselves Saturday afternoon in handling the Chiefs-Raiders game. By the time it was all over, they had walked off 26 penalties for 180 yards, the busiest penalty game of the season in the NFL.

“I never want to see penalties,” Romeo Crennel said of the 11 for 88 yards that were walked off against the Chiefs. “The ones that eat at you are the procedure penalties, when you jump offside, when you move early. Those penalties are fundamentals in my mind and they shouldn’t occur. We weren’t very good at some of that today.”

Yes, but they were in second place on this afternoon to the Raiders who were slapped with 15 flags for 92 yards. But then, that’s all very familiar ground for Hue Jackson and his team. Oakland came into the game as the most penalized team in the league and they lived up to that status.

Plus, they are on pace to break the NFL records for penalties and penalty yardage in one season. Both records are held by the 1998 Chiefs, 158 penalties for 1,304 yards. After Saturday’s game, the Raiders now have 155 penalties for 1,294 yards, so with one game to play, they are just 3 penalties and 10 yards away from tying the ’98 Chiefs.

“I’m not even going to get into the penalty thing,” Jackson said. “It is what it is right now. We haven’t solved it, so I’m not going to keep harping on it.”

Interesting fact about the Raiders penalties – over the last 13 minutes, 48 seconds of the fourth quarter and then the overtime, Oakland was not called for a single penalty. In crunch time, either the Raiders got smarter or the officials swallowed their whistles; probably a combination of both.

“It’s like Jekyll and Hyde,” said Jackson. “It’s amazing.”

Here’s the list of transgressions, but know at one point there were four yellow flags and an official’s hat on the field at the same time. All penalties are listed, including those that were declined or offsetting:

Flag

Offender Penalty

Yards

1.

B. Myers Offside on kickoff

Minus-5

2.

J. Arenas Defensive holding

Minus-5

3.

R. Gordon Offensive holding

Minus-10

4.

K. Orton Intentional ground

Minus-8

5.

K. Barnes Illegal formation

Minus-5

6.

S. Heyer Illegal formation

Minus-5

7.

J. Veldheer Offensive holding

Offsetting

8.

J. Houston Defensive holding

Offsetting

9.

B. Carr Pass interference

Minus-9

10.

S. Lechler Delay of game

Minus-5

11.

S. Routt Defensive holding

Minus-5

12.

L. Houston Delay of game

Minus-5

13.

S. Routt Defensive holding

Minus-5

14.

T. Jones False start

Minus-5

15.

K. Boss False start

Minus-5

16.

B. Albert False start

Minus-5

17.

S. Routt Pass interference

Minus-7

18.

K. Orton Intentional grounding

Minus-11

19.

KC offense Delay of game

Minus-5

20.

B. Richardson False start

Minus-5

21.

B. Richardson Offensive holding

Minus-10

22.

Punt team 12-men on field

Declined

23.

D. Van Dyke Illegal block Minus-10

24.

J. Veldheer Offensive holding Minus -10

25.

L. Sheppard Illegal contact Minus-5

26.

L. Pope Offensive holding Minus-10

27.

J. Moss Neutral zone Minus-5

28.

S. Routt Defensive holding Minus-5

29.

K. Wimbley Defensive holding Declined

30.

J. Baldwin Horse collar tackle Minus-10

Overall there were 17 flags thrown against the Raiders and 13 against the Chiefs. The individual penalty champion was Oakland CB Stanford Routt with four flags. The favorite infraction was holding, with 11 flags in all, that’s six on defense and five on offense.

The Chiefs lost valuable field position on the two intentional grounding calls against Orton. The Raiders lost a touchdown when their fake field goal score was wiped out by a delay of game call – the play clock expired.


2 Responses to “Penalties Gone Wild For Raiders & Chiefs”

  • December 25, 2011  - Dream Turns Nightmare as Chiefs Fall In OT : BobGretz.com says:

    [...] SIDEBAR: Penalties dominate game. [...]


  • December 25, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Mike Carey and his Umpire Chad Brown think they are the show. The NFL should be ashamed of the “show” that crew puts on. They didn’t cost us the game any more than they did the Raiders but they ruined the rhythm of the game.




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