I hate to be "that guy" again, but it's getting ridiculous. I don't post enough about football to show that I'm really not a total conspiracy theorist and hater. It just comes across that way.
The last week or so, it seems like there have been a few things that make ya go "Hmm..."
Dallas played on Week 11 Sunday at 1:00 vs. the Ravens. Washington played the Sunday night game at 8:30.
The next week they faced off on Thanksgiving in Dallas. Was the seven hour difference an advantage to Dallas? Not sure.
The next game Dallas had wasn't until the next Thursday, (last night). They had the whole seven days off. The Vikings played the previous Sunday. Dallas gets the extra rest again. Advantage? Maybe, maybe not.
I was actually surprised that there were no egregious calls during the Thanksgiving game that influenced the outcome. Washington was competitive, and the game was played well by both teams.
Minnesota was not so lucky last night.
At around 6:45 to go in the first quarter, Zeke Elliott fumbles. He clearly loses the ball, then falls on it and has it in his hands. Anthony Barr of the Vikings jumps down and pulls it away. Quite often during the average fumble, there is a pileup and the ball passes to a few different players until they get sorted out. The last guy with the ball generally wins. In this case, Elliott acknowledged he lost the ball and the offense started moving off the field. But then the officials decided it needed to be reviewed. After going under the hood, they decided that "the ball was recoverd by a Dallas player and then taken away by a Minnesota player." Dallas ball.
Then, with ten and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter, Dallas punts. Adam Theilen of the Vikes catches the punt and runs a little ways to the side and is tackled. Dallas players came off the tackle with the ball. Dallas challenges the play. It is determined that Theilen fumbled just before hitting the ground. As he rolls over, the ball is loose, and then he gets it in both hands before a Dallas player pulls it away. It is again ruled Dallas ball. The next play is a Dez Bryant touchdown.
So in both cases, there was a legitimate fumble, recovery by the same player, and then an opposing player with "simultaneous possession" pulls the ball away. Both times, Dallas gets the ball. But they weren't the ball carrier to begin with in the second instance. If the Vikings take the ball away, according to the refs, it's Dallas ball. But if Dallas takes it away, the refs say they get to keep it.
I say they can't have it both ways. Glaring double standard.
Are we going to start a debate about "what is a fumble recovery?" now, like there is for "what is a catch?"
Or is it just that Jerrah's team is on another nationally featured game, so they get all the breaks?
Like I said, I'm really trying NOT to be that guy....