Oakland Raiders: 10 Of The Nfl's Unwritten Rules

Mike SommersContributor IDecember 10, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 23:  A penalty flag lies on the field during the Seattle Seahawks game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qwest Field on September 23, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won 24-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Being a Raider fan all of my life, I have seen our team be victim to the dreaded yellow flag. Wait, isn't "Yellow Flag" and Raiders synonimous? It would seem so.

Thinking back to the history of the Raiders "Style" of play back in the 70's, the yellow flag might have been appropriate (man I miss that style of Raiders play!). Rough, nasty football is what it was, and what attracted many including myself to love the team.

Lately, over the past 10 years or so, the Raiders seem to be "flagged" more than its fair share. Sure there are penalties on plays but the referrees seem hyper-sensitive to the Raiders play and flag them often.

Well here is my small list of the "Unwritten" rules that seem to be used by the NFL's referrees.

1- If the Raiders move the ball more than 10 yards on 3rd down, a penalty flag must be thrown

2- If two opposinng linemen move simultaneously before the snap, the penalty will be assesed to the Raiders.

3- If a team is in desperate need of a huge passing play, and the quarterback throws the ball deep, a pass interference flag will be thrown against the Raiders (** unless a touch down is scored)

4- If a team is unsuccessful at completing a critical 3rd down, and a Raider defensive player is near or touches the Quarterback, then a late hit (15 yard variety) will be called against the Raiders.

5- All touchdowns scored by the Raiders will be scrutinized via instant replay to find fault and/or missed penalty. (Louis Murphy might know this one)

6- If two players go up for a ball thrown deep by a Raider quarterback, and the Raider comes down with it, a flag must be thrown for holding in the backfield.

7- If anyone falls while rushing the Raiders, an automatic holding call should ensue, unless the Raiders lose yardage or an interception takes place.

8- If no penalties have been called against the Raiders for a complete quarter, then extra flags will be thrown in the next quarter to make up the difference.

9- Should the Raiders move the ball well and seem to be dominating their opponent, a 15 yard penalty should be assesed and it is up to the referee to make up something....

10- If the Raiders appear to be on their way to victory, all measures should be used to prevent the Raiders from winning and help the opponent. (Tuck rule)

So there it is, a small handfull of  "Unwritten" rules. Can you think of any others?