All the fan bases think NFL officials are there to get their team.
And there’s no doubt that Raiders fans have had reason over the years to be anxious about referees. The 2021 season was no different. But this year, the Raiders’ opponents were also called in penalties at a high rate. According to the Associated Press, opponents of the Las Vegas Raiders were penalized by 1,021 yards. It was the second NFL record this season.
Interestingly, the top three teams to benefit from the penalty distance – the Tennessee Titans, Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers – all made the playoffs.
#Raiders now have a record 19 penalty conversions on the 3rd or 4th down. (Only 5 teams since 2000 have had more in a season). They had authorized 11.
– Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) January 10, 2022
The Chargers were called upon to take 10 penalties in the Raiders’ 35-32 overtime victory on Sunday night. Of course, the Raiders themselves have had their issues with penalties this season. They were called for 124 penalties, the second largest behind the Dallas Cowboys. Las Vegas’ 1,104 penalty yards are the biggest this season.
The Raiders were the only team in the lead to have more than 1,000 penalty yards against them and more than 1,000 yards went to the penalty shootout.
What does all this mean? It looks like the Raiders have had a lot of official teams this year looking to throw the yellow flag, regardless of the team. It’s a problem in the NFL and the Raiders have seen it up close.
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