Will The Raiders Ever Get a Call?

greg pitschSenior Analyst IDecember 18, 2007

IconIt seems to be that no matter what the situation or how important of a game it is, the Oakland Raiders are never on the receiving end of a fair judgement call.

Remember just a few weeks ago, with New England marching up the field, looking for a game winning touchdown against Baltimore

What happened there?  Wasn't there a pass interference call down in the red zone, which gave them four more tries to win the game?

On Sunday, the Raiders had a favorable chance at winning the game against the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts were facing a third and nine, when a pass that was deemed complete was actually an incomplete pass.  So Peyton Manning rushed his team to the line and got the next play off. 

That drive ended in Indianapolis scoring the go-ahead touchdown. 

During the ensuing series, Oakland marched all the way up the field on what seemed to be a game winning drive.  In what ended up being Oakland's last chance to win, Jerry Porter was interfered with on a 4th and 6, taking away his oppurtunity to make the catch.

If the officials were not going to call it pass interference, it was at the very least a holding call that was missed. 

No matter who is playing, or what the situation, that call has to be made.  Especially in a play that dictated the outcome of the game.

Against the Packers just two weeks ago, there were two questionable calls as well.  On the punt return for a TD, Will Blackmon had actually stepped out of bounds—but in the stadium they did not show a replay for quite a while.  On the broadcast of the game, it took six minutes until we saw the replay. 

I'm not saying Green Bay wouldn't have scoored, but they would have at least had to earn it.

Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Chris Carr of the Oakland Raiders took the ball to the house with no whistle blown.  The Referee's got into a huddle, where the white hat had to ask his entire crew if they saw his knee down. 

None of the "covering" officials saw his knee down—hence why no whistle was blown.  But a non-covering official saw his knee hit the turf, so they brought the ball back to Raiders the 31 yard line.

The replay wasn't played for about five minutes, so the Raider's couldn't challenge the call.  When we finally got to see the replay, it was shown that his knee in fact did not hit the turf.

All in all, that could have been a 10-14 point swing for the Raiders. 

I know people are always saying how all that Raiders fans do is complain, and argue that they should've won this or that game. 

That is not what I am writing about.  It is about why other teams get those calls, and the Raiders do not.

Yeah, we sued the NFL, but we lost. Now let us enjoy the game again.