Quick whistle may have cost Texans an early touchdown

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The Texans got the ball first and have an early 3-0 lead over the Raiders Monday night, but the Texans believe they should be up 7-0.

Early in the drive DeAndre Hopkins caught a pass from Brock Osweiler and turned along the sideline. Hopkins shook one defender and got free up the sideline, but he was ruled out of bounds at the Raiders’ 40-yard line for a gain of 26.

Replays shown on the ESPN broadcast made it appear that Hopkins stayed inbounds. The Texans tried to challenge, but it’s not a play that can be challenged because the play was whistled dead when one of the officials determined that Hopkins was out of bounds.

Maybe it was a quick whistle, or maybe the official had a bad angle, but without a comprehensive review from replay officials we’ll never know. The Texans stalled, as they’ve done often this season, and Nick Novak eventually kicked a 32-yard field goal.

As is, the drive covered 61 yards in 13 plays and 6:26.

51 responses to “Quick whistle may have cost Texans an early touchdown

  1. If you aren’t 100% sure he stepped out why make that call? My biggest problem with the NFL is the refs make mistakes every game and most of the time they can cost a team the game and the NFL acts like we are supposed to be content with it.

  2. These refs need to understand that it’s better to let the play ride and then review it after than to blow an early whistle and potentially cost a team a touchdown.

  3. It’s a real good thing these terrible calls are so few and far between. If they weren’t the NFL may actually have a problem on their hands.

  4. Pretty obvious he stepped on the line with his right foot.

    Also dont know why the Texans didn’t review that 3rd gown run, he landed on Mack and rolled over him.

  5. I know we don’t want more replay stoppages, but those are plays you let go if you aren’t 100% sure you got the call right. Especially if it’s not reviewable one way. Rather have a review where we find out he stepped out than it not be reviewed and we find out it was wrong.

  6. Quick whistle may have cost Texans an early touchdown

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    It did.

  7. Quick whistle…. WTH…. This is exactly why I hate watching these games anymore. Officials already took 4 pts from Texans. Ridiculous…. and they had replays showing him inbounds… since when isn’t that reviewable!!!!…. because some ref turd blew his whistle…. c’mon man…. That has to be reviewable!!!

  8. Well……Saint Bronco game was screwed by what everyone wants. They let it go, then decided there wasnt a good angle to see that Bronco clearly stepped out. So it gets messed up both ways.

  9. The refs cost the Texans this game. First they rob them of a td. Then they call a terrible pass interference on Johnathan Joseph. They’ve effectively taken the momentum the Texans had and handed it to the Raiders. Now they’re deflated and making mistakes.

  10. jbaxt says:
    Nov 21, 2016 8:57 PM
    Pretty obvious he stepped on the line with his right foot.

    ————————————————————————-What game are you watching?

  11. That was a TD, and im a Raider fan.

    The refs in the NFL are a joke anymore. the replacement refs were just as good.

  12. jbaxt says:
    Nov 21, 2016 8:57 PM
    Pretty obvious he stepped on the line with his right foot.
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    Maybe watching it through silver and black lenses it was. Here in NFC land with no dog in the fight it looked like they got screwed

  13. not enough replay angles in Mexico …

    and Gruden is becoming harder and harder to listen to ….

  14. @badmoonrison don’t be an idiot, it’s not whining at all. If the Texans lose so be it, and if the Raiders lose, so be it. If one of these teams loses because of the refs then that’s not okay.

  15. ot….dow jones looks to go over 19k tomorrow.. that is the TRUMP effect pure and simple..time for this country to be run like a business, and not a freebie give away center!!

  16. The Raiders will lose this game because the defense is not ready. They give up yards at the worst times. They never get big stops.
    They’re also the reason they won’t make the Playoffs. The Raiders will end up 9-7 but miss the playoffs due to defensive lapses.
    Mark my words. I’ve seen this before.
    Norton will be fired at the end of the season.

  17. And Musgrave showed that the running game can win last week.
    Which is why he’s trying to pass on almost every down this week. He sucks
    Screw him and Norton.

  18. jbaxt says:
    Nov 21, 2016 9:51 PM
    Jag, as a crazy Chiefs fan, you don’t have to worry about me rooting for the raiders. He stepped on the line”

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    So, you are dishonest as well. Sounds more like a Raiders fan than a Chiefs fan. The Raiders have a section of the playbook that says, “Cheating”.

    And, no, the runner was not out of bounds!

    BTW, how about MY Tampa Bay Bucs????

  19. Did you people really not see him step out? It was pretty clear and I’ve got no dog in this fight.

  20. badmoonrison says:

    Too many whining babies on this site.

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    You’re doing the exact same thing that they are. Complaining on line about something you don’t like.

  21. The Raiders are going to lose this game. They’re listening to all the pundits giving them the playoffs.
    I’ve seen it before. They’ll end up 9-7 and hopefully fire two coordinators after the season.

  22. patsxsaintsfan says:
    Nov 21, 2016 8:52 PM
    If you aren’t 100% sure he stepped out why make that call? My biggest problem with the NFL is the refs make mistakes every game and most of the time they can cost a team the game and the NFL acts like we are supposed to be content with it.
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    Houston got make up calls. With that said, this game was horrible and a veiled attempted to get ratings back up. Houston…………if they make the playoffs will do nothing, meanwhile…. The Raiders……………….my team of over 50+ years are playing to make the game interesting.

    End game……………they both make the playoffs, but it’s not very good theatre. Raiders look like they have no clue and the Texans’ are progressing despite obvious errors.

    And wait….Amari Cooper was targeted once on a jump ball? and it wasn’t even a jump ball.

    The NFL needs to stop with this…………….

  23. Quick whistle, horrible spots 3 times in a row to screw Houston out of a 1st down… pretty apparent who the refs/NFL Brass want to see win this one. No skin in this game, just embarrassed by the officiating.

  24. Sorry but something is fishy with this game. The Texans got hosed several times over. They got a 1st down twice and everyone in America saw it. How in the world did the refs screw that up so badly?? Is their some agreement with Mexico for the Raiders to win?

  25. This is now two of the last three Monday night games being severely tainted by absolutely embarrassingly poor officiating. No guarantees that Houston or Buffalo a couple weeks ago would’ve won, but it should be settled by the players on the field, not by the keystone cops in the zebra gear. Two great games ruined by terrible officiating.

  26. No worries. Refs blew that call. Cost Hou 4 pts. They gave them back on the PI in the endzone on 3rd down. WR gives up on route. Pass totally uncatchable. They flag him anyhow. 3 pts turns into 7. Refs giveth and taketh away.

    Bottom line….JUST WIN, BABY!

  27. The ESPN coverage and commentary tonight sucked.

    That said, there were TWO Refs on the call in question – one in front of Hopkins and one behind, and they BOTH threw their arms up and blew their whistles to stop the play at the same time when HOPKINS STEPPED OUT OF BOUNDS (check the full replay). The replay ESPN kept showing over and over was NOT the instance where Hopkins stepped out so it’s understandable why so many people are upset with the call. The coverage was crap along with the replays.

    Don’t put this one on the Refs. They actually got it right.

  28. littleman8001 says:
    Nov 21, 2016 8:52 PM

    These refs need to understand that it’s better to let the play ride and then review it after than to blow an early whistle and potentially cost a team a touchdown.

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    Littleman – that’s how players get seriously hurt. If the play is dead there is no reason to put any other players at risk for injury…especially in today’s world.

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