I hate to play the finger pointing game in any sport but this year so far in the NFL with these replacement refs has been out of control. After tonight's game between the Packers and Seahawks I must pose a serious question relating the refs and the Bucs.
Have the replacement refs cost Tampa Bay back-to-back games with missed or botched calls?
Now I'm not going to go over every little play or penalty from the last two games against the Giants and the Cowboys, but lets take a look at two key points in those two games, one in each.
Deets after the jump.
Sunday, September 16, 2012. Bucs @ Giants
With nearly 20 seconds left in the game 1st and 10 at NYG 45 yd line:
Josh Freeman pass deep left to Mike Williams. Pushed out of bounds at NYG 16 for 29 yards by Antrel Rolle. The replay official challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was REVERSED!!!
Now I've watched the replay several times on my DVR, and I'm sorry that was a catch. Even reporters the day after have said the replay review was blown. Of course after this play we could have faltered and not scored and lost anyway. However, the way we drove the ball there at the end and how we were playing that game, I have the confidence to say that we most likely would have scored and tied it up. With that play upheld, chances are Freeman doesn't force an interception in desperation following that play.
Sunday, September 23, 2012 Bucs @ Cowboys
With under 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter 3rd and 4 at Dallas 40 yd line (DAL ball):
Tony Romo is sacked at the Dallas 32 for -8 yards by Michael Bennett. Tampa Bay challenged the loose ball recovery ruling, and the play was reversed and ruled a fumble and recovery by Eric Wright at the Dallas 31 yd line.
What this doesn't mention is that not only did Eric Wright recover the fumble, but he actually ran it back for a touchdown! Touchdown of course doesn't count because the play was blown dead. I thought these plays were supposed to be let go because worst case scenario is that it is challenged (like it was) and ruled incomplete (which it wasn't). So thanks to the whistle Eric Wright and the Bucs are cheated out of a touchdown which would have helped out team due to their dismal offensive showing during this game. Of course you tack on the FG the Bucs got late in the game and this is a tied game, who knows how things end.
In both scenarios listed above, the Bucs can POTENTIALLY tie the game, however, they have the OPPORTUNITY to do so and not taken away on bad calls. I honestly do believe that this team is much improved from Rah's team and it could possibly be 3-0 right now, but it's not. It's 1-2 due to some plays I feel got screwed up by these replacement refs.
I want to hear what you think, thoughts and opinions.
As always, Go Bucs!