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Green Bay Packers vs Philadelphia Eagles: Officiating needs its own review


In reviewing the Green Bay Packers versus Philadelphia Eagles game today, I really don’t know where to start with this one.  The Packers lost the game because of missed field goals, missed touchdown opportunities and bad defense. That’s what put the team one more back in the loss column – there’s no way around it.

And while we’re not the type to point fingers, especially at officials, today we have to call it like we see it. It’s an issue that requires immediate attention by the NFL.

The officiating was as inconsistent as ever at Lambeau Field in the Green Bay Packers‘ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

It honestly looked as if holding was legal throughout the game. For example, there was a blatant hold on John Kuhn during the interception return deep in Eagles territory. If the holding had been called, it would have stayed deep in Eagles territory. If I could see it from my living room, I expect it to be called.

In addition, there were two plays that were integral to the outcome of the game that should have been called differently. The first was the first of two touchdown receptions to Riley Cooper. The ball obviously hit the ground and moved. Now, the ball can hit the ground, but the receiver still has to show possession of it. Did Cooper control it enough? No, probably not, but it was a touchdown.

Now, consider the eventual incompletion by Jordy Nelson in the end zone. Jordy showed about as much control as Cooper did on his touchdown that stood.

As all scoring plays are reviewed in the NFL, the touchdown by Riley Cooper should have been reversed with the same standard in mind as the manner in which the Jordy Nelson TD was reversed. Or, the incompletion by Nelson should have been reversed with the same standard in mind as the manner in which the Riley Cooper touchdown was upheld.

This mediocre officiating in the NFL has got to end. What gets me is that the Cooper touchdown was reviewed (as all scoring plays are) and upheld. Poor officiating is unfortunately too prevalent today – a problem that needs addressing.

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  • Rory Eddings

    I agree with the inconsistent call. I was under the impression that officials should have called the fumble and return for a touchdown as a touchdown and let the automatic review process determine if the play was a fumble and/or touchdown. The Cooper touchdown call was not correct, especially in light of the Jordy call. The official on the field was behind Jordy and his view blocked by Jordy’s body. He could not see what happened, therefore it should have been a touchdown and then reviewed as they did with Cooper.
    I thought the zebras were more inept then they normally are. The calls seemed to be more against the Green and Gold then usual.
    In saying that, our D is not playing well right now. Too many big plays against us. The Eagles have a good offense and Foles is a good QB and McCoy is very good. They have a good receiving corp and deserve to be in the hunt for the playoffs.
    It is hard to believe the amount of injuries, two linemen hurt; QB; Jolly, etc. If we don’t get healthy, with or without Aaron we will be on the outside of the playoffs this year.