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When your team averages more than six penalties a game, drops the ball in the most inopportune times and your coach makes some strange play calling, it is hard to win a game against one of the better teams in the NFL.
Denver had the Jets held to a 4th–and–6 on the Bronco 48. Denver S Renaldo Hill and Jets WR Santonio Holmes tangled at the goal line, the ball was incomplete and the Orange Sunday crowd went ballistic, thinking Denver had held with less than a minute and a half to go.
But field judge Gary Cavaletto threw his yellow hankie and called Hill for pass interference. Was it a good call? Yes, as he grabbed the face mask. But, there was pushing and shoving by both players prior to that that could have been called offensive pass interference. Not being a homer here, just citing another area where mistakes can kill.
Another killer play was the bad snap by rookie C JD Walton that cost the Broncos any chance to score when they were moving down the field. Yes, he is a rookie and yes, we don't have anyone else to play C, but the bad snap and the myriad of penalties he has had so far this year are game-changing.
Walton will get better and may become a better-than-average C in the NFL. But right now, he and others getting penalties and dropping the ball on the ground are taking away chances to win football games.