Almost everyone was struggling in the first half of Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
Even the officials.
Late in the second quarter, Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory got flagged for roughing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Gregory hit Wentz as soon as he released the football. It wasn’t a late hit, nor was it a blow to the head.
How is this roughing?
He got flagged for what officials deemed a low hit on this play:
This kind of roughing penalty is intended to protect quarterbacks from potentially season-ending knee injuries. But Gregory didn’t hit Wentz’s knees. He landed a textbook tackle by hitting Wentz in the right thigh pad.
There’s no way that should be roughing.
The penalty set the Eagles up with first-and-10 at the Cowboys 34-yard line. They did not take advantage of their good fortune.
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On the very next play, Wentz threw a pass toward the end zone in double coverage. His intended target, Jalen Reagor, did not catch it. Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs did.
After a pair of sack fumbles, the interception was Wentz’s third turnover of the half.
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