Cowboys’ opponents haven’t had holding penalty on pass play since Week 2

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The Cowboys rank seventh in the NFL in sacks per pass play, and somehow their pass rushers aren’t getting held. Or more accurately, they are not getting caught.

Only three times this season have officials flagged Dallas’ opponents for holding on a pass play.

The last time came in Week Two against the Giants, but the Cowboys declined the holding call on Nate Solder as Kavon Frazier sacked Eli Manning anyway. Thus, the last time the Cowboys defense benefited from a holding call on a passing play came in the season opener.

Officials twice penalized the Panthers for holding in the first quarter.

The Cowboys are aware they have gone nine weeks without opponents being penalized for holding on a pass play. That’s 325 passing plays if you’re keeping track at home.

“Of course we are [aware],” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “You know we analyze and assess every penalty. We have to do that for no other reason than to get our players sensitive and point out the cost of a penalty. But I believe these things come in batches. I really do. And, so, it just tells me we may go through a spot here as we get toward the end that all of a sudden there’s, not makeup, but all of a sudden there’s a higher sensitivity about how that’s going against us. Maybe it will turn for us. I’d a lot rather be sitting here in this spot with no penalties called against us, and we couldn’t take it back anyway, and 5-5 and with what’s ahead of us and us wearing them out. ‘How could this happen? We’re not getting any holding penalties to our benefit here.’ I like this spot. Let’s hammer it.”

The Cowboys went through an eight-game stretch last season when opponents were flagged once for offensive holding and that was a garbage-time foul against Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu.

This season, officials have called Cowboys’ opponents for only eight offensive holding penalties — three on passing plays and five on running plays — in 10 games. The Cowboys, by comparison, have seen 15 holding penalties on their offense, including five on right tackle La'el Collins.

21 responses to “Cowboys’ opponents haven’t had holding penalty on pass play since Week 2

  1. After seeing the clear missed calls against the Eagles (in Philly) last Sunday night, I’m convinced the NFL and referee’s are biased in their calls. Mr. know it all Kelce was blocking a defender a good 3 to 5 yards down the field on a pass play, and it was never called. How more obvious could it be?? Also consider the snap infraction against LP (the Cowboys long-snapper) that cost them a chance for overtime. Even the announcers have vocalized their confusion in missed and bogus calls.

  2. Collinsworth only saw Wilson’s hand on Wentz’s wristband, not the felonious assault on Wilson by Vaitai that led to Wilson ‘only’ getting a little of the wristband.

    Maybe if no one allows themselves to see holding, then it doesn’t happen.

  3. Complete bias, the Raiders have gone through this for 40+ years, yet their team gets called for ticky tac penalties. When you have a hated owner, it can happen.

  4. goodell has had the refs fix games against us for years now this is why I cancelled my Sunday ticket this is why I rarely even watch games anymore

  5. So typical… NFL is so busy pushing their anti-American agenda that even America’s Team is getting the shaft!

  6. TRUE STORY HERE AND THANK GOD THAT IT IS OUT IN PUBLIC, AS IF THE TAPE DOESNT LIE! EITHER THE NFL IS RIGGED LIKE WWF WRESTLING, OR ROGER BLUNTLY DOESNT CARE WHO SEES HIS HATRED FOR JERRY!
    SOME OF THE CALLS ARE SO OBVIOUS THAT EVEN MY WIFE… MY WIFE … LET THAT SINK IN, IS SCREAMING AT THE T.V. YELLING THAT THE DLINE IS GETTING NOT ONLY HELD BUT CHOCKED AND TAKEN TO THE GROUND!!!!!

    CRAZY!

  7. The referees have it out for MY team! Wahhh

    (all the while forgetting to realize that every fan base thinks that, in every sport, for decades)

  8. YOu will get one this week, if there is one thing that I know about Mr. Norman (and I think he is decent) the man will hold at the most inopportune times. I can’t tell you how many drives have extended this season because of a hold from Norman.

  9. This isn’t possible without a concerted effort by the officiating crews (or a league directive) not to call certain penalties on the opposing team when playing the Cowboys; what we witnessed in the Eagles game was simply egregious by not calling a single penalty on them. Ironically, the Eagles got a penalty on the first play in their next game against the Saints. Unreal.

  10. Autocorrect is brutal. I meant to say Kerrigan and the skins are getting screwed every week. And also. The nfl is now becoming a glorified WWE. It seems that all the games are pre decided. Bummer but that tt’s true.

  11. Why does everyone assume the refs and Goodell are out to get the cowboys? How does that even make sense? We should be asking why the defense is so bad at drawing holding calls and what they can do to fix it.

  12. Great UNBIASED article well written and about time someone publicly spoke the truth about this situation because no matter who you root for this just ain’t right!

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