No sane person can blame Oakland’s ugly loss in Cincinnati on the latest injustice the Raiders have suffered at the hands of horrible officiating.
Yes, the negated fumble and possible touchdown return did turn the tide of the game whose tide was already turning in favor of the Raiders. But when you’re trying to make up a 24 point deficit there is not a single play that can turn the tide.
What we do know for sure is that inadvertent whistle helped to ignite a brawl that followed on the ensuing play.
Lamarr Houston – clearly tired of playing to the echo of whistles that might or might not have been blown intentionally – rushed Andy Dalton and took him to the ground after a whistle had blown. That set off Andrew Whitworth of the Bengals who quickly got in the face of Houston. That act in turn fired up Tommy Kelly to get in the mix.
While plenty of players piled on the scrum after the dust settled only three were ejected. All of the aforementioned men got an early shower and now they’ll await their fate for the coming weeks.
It should be pointed out that an ejection does not equate to an automatic suspension. The league reviews each case individually and has begun to do so following Sunday’s dust up.
For the Raiders losing both Kelly and Houston would be crippling as if a team mired in a miserable 4 game losing streak can be anymore crippled. However the second half of Sunday’s loss did provide some hope. The Silver and Black finally played up for Dennis Allen coming out of halftime and had a brief moment when the game was within touching distance. Of course we know how the game ended so the only drama remaining is to see what the league decides.