Cowboy owner Jerry Jones has given us more than a few colorful phrases over the years. Here’s another one.
Throw the ball up.
It is an appropriate phrase about Thanksgiving, especially at this time of day. But he’s not talking about regurgitation, either because of gluttony or watching the Cowboys drop to 1-3 in their last four competitions. He talks about a game where several defensive passing interference penalties gave the Las Vegas offense significant chunks of yardage.
“I call it”throw the ball up, “Jones said after the match via Michael Gehlken from the Dallas Morning News. “This will without a doubt be the most watched match apart from the Super Bowl. I hate that it came down to just throwing the ball up and getting the penalties to get you big games.”
Jones has been in the league for more than 30 years. If he did not like to “throw the ball up”, he should have started pushing a long time ago to make defensive pass interference a 15-yard penalty, as it is at the college level.
Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown was called up for defensive passing four times in the 36-33 loss, for 91 yards in total. One gave the Raiders first and goals on one; they would score a touchdown a game later. The ball was moved from Las Vegas 43 to Dallas 24 in overtime after the Cowboys had shot and the rules had returned to sudden death. It set up the crucial field goal.
For the match, each team had 14 penalties. For the Raiders, the violations cost 110 yards of field position. For the Cowboys, 166 yards were lost.
That’s 276 penalty yards in total – 37 more than the Lions got in their loss to Chicago.