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So it's the first quarter, Oakland is on the road in Texans playing Houston.
Houston leads the game 6-3, and it is 3rd-and-13 for the Raiders.
JaMarcus Russell has time, no blitz, throws to the outside and hits Louis Murphy right on the money for a 17-yard gain.
The line judge comes running in signaling to stop the clock, and signals "catch, catch, catch."
First down Raiders, but suddenly...another official comes in and says no catch.
Raiders line up to punt. Murphy is pleading with Tom Cable to throw the challenge flag, and Cable does.
The play goes under the microscope.
I don't know who paid the ref.
"Did it cause Oakland to lose? No, it was too early in the game. But it changed the tone of the game. After that play, Murphy couldn't catch a cold." said Tony Bruno of Comcast sports.
Another blown call in the same game...NO!
A personal foul roughing the passer right in front of the referee. Apparently, Tom Brady gets a slap on the leg and the whole world ends, but if JaMarcus catches a helmet to the face, that's okay.
That one prompted a pretty heated debate with Tom Jackson and Trent Dilfer agreeing that officials are ruining the game by not being consistent on their calls on ESPN's postgame coverage that night.
No surprise that the Raiders are involved yet again.
There you have it.
Three bad calls and nine drops in the Texans game.
This team will fire on all cylinders at some point. Could it be Sunday at the Meadowlands?
Click this link to see where I think the burden falls this week: http://fanhuddle.com/oaklandraiders/2009/10/08/raiders-wide-receivers-ready-to-step-up-with-quarterback/