Referees Cost Tampa BIG in New Orleans
The Buccaneers lost 31-24 in New Orleans and it was a complete team loss but the play on the field wasn’t just ugly from the Bucs. The officiating crew was ugly as well. Two plays could’ve been difference makers in the game and both were ruled incorrectly by the referees. The first play was a fumble recovery by the Buccaneers on a Saints muffed punt that the referees ruled that there was no clear recovery. The second play was the opening drive of the second half where WR Mike Thomas is battling CB Vernon Hargreaves III down the sideline and gets separation by extending his arms leading to a big gain and then a TD by Ted Ginn Jr. which put the Saints lead at 24-10.
The referees get paid a good amount of money to go out on the field and make the correct call but majority of the time do not. Head Coach Bruce Arians challenged both of these plays and both rulings were upheld in favor of New Orleans. If you watched the game, FOX zoomed in their camera on Arians and he was irate. The officials screwing up calls is nothing new and could now potentially become another point that the players bring up in their CBA negotiations.
Refs in Bucs game on fire today, apparently not offensive PI pic.twitter.com/vECqsPCpxw
— Eric Fenno (@FennoEric) October 6, 2019
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