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Dallas Cowboys frustrated by amount of penalties in OT loss to Las Vegas Raiders

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made it clear he did not pin his team’s 36-33 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on the officials.

But he also made it clear he wasn’t pleased that they affected the game.

The Cowboys and Raiders were each penalized 14 times in Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game. The Cowboys were awarded a franchise-record 166 yards off those penalties; the Raiders 110. In the third quarter, Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph and Raiders safety Roderic Teamer were ejected following a scuffle out of bounds after a punt.

The final swing of the game came on a 33-yard pass interference penalty on Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown, who did not turn around for a deep pass thrown by Derek Carr on third-and-18 from the Las Vegas 43 that set up the game-winning field goal attempt.

“Well, this probably will be arguably the most watched game other than the Super Bowl, and I hated that it got down to just throwing the ball up and getting your penalties to get your big plays,” Jones said. “And I think we were into that. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m so proud of our team for the way we hung in, hung in and came back and played, but it’s frustrating for everybody, for all of our fans at this particular time, to have a game that had you on pretty unsure footing as to where you were going to be with your fundamentals, i.e., whether those were going to be called or not. And they got calls, too, so it’s just a little off balance way to play the game.”

But it wasn’t surprising.

In meeting with Mike McCarthy before the game, Jones said there was an anticipation that it would be a high-penalty game. Entering the contest, Shawn Hochuli’s crew threw the fifth-most flags (153) and had the third-highest penalty yardage (1,207) on the season.

“Twenty-eight penalties — I don’t really know what the hell you want me to say,” McCarthy said. “Write whatever you want, I’m all for it.”

The Cowboys have been among the highest-penalized teams in the league all season. They moved into No. 1 in the league after Thursday’s game with 91 for 816 yards. The Raiders are second with 89 for 785 yards.

“It was obviously frustrating,” McCarthy said. “The game was herky-jerky from start to finish. Give our guys credit to continue to focus and battle. The numbers are absurd, definitely understand that. But just like everything in this game there is trends and patterns, and we anticipated this game being officiated this way.

“But in the same breath it’s the line that you have straddle. I don’t want our guys slowing down and playing slower. We’ve tried that already and that didn’t help us overcoaching the penalties a few weeks back. We’re going to get up on the balls of our feet and keep fighting. We’ve got to really focus on our fundamentals and finish plays. We’ll take a hard look at it. We evaluate the penalties every week. We break them down and it will be part of our fundamental emphasis as we get ready for the Saints.”

Brown’s penalties accounted for 91 yards. He is the third player since 2000 to have been flagged four times for defensive pass interference in a single game, joining Trayvon Mullen and Xavien Howard.

Brown called it “one of them days,” although after one breakup in the second quarter he appeared to facetiously look for a flag on him from the officials.

“As a DB, you definitely got to have a short memory, on to the next play,” Brown said. “We’re in it until the end. Unfortunately, that last penalty was crucial. We’ve just got to keep fighting. We can’t control when the ref is throwing flags or not throwing flags. We can’t argue with them because it’s not going to change anything.”

Micah Parsons was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty when it appeared Carr fell into him.

“I think we should be playing football, not tag,” said the rookie linebacker.

The Cowboys also had a potential fumble recovery overturned in the first half after Jayron Kearse appeared to poke the ball free from tight end Darren Waller. The replay official determined the pass was incomplete, and McCarthy could not challenge.

“I was actually on the sideline with my helmet off celebrating with my teammates,” Kearse said. “I can’t control the call that they make. I can’t control that. We’re just going to keep playing football. To each his own. You can turn the film on and everybody that watches it can see what went on. I haven’t seen the play. I just know from my point of view that I thought he was running with the ball, personally. Like I said, it’s the officiating that we got tonight. We just have to live with it.”

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Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson, WR Odell Beckham Jr. active vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. is active for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A source had told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team was not optimistic about him being able to play but he would test out his injured thigh before Sunday’s game before it made a decision.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., also is active. Like Henderson, he was listed as questionable. Beckham has a hip injury.

Running back James Robinson is active for the Jaguars. He had been listed as questionable due to heel and knee injuries. Robinson has been hobbled for weeks with the injuries but was feeling better Saturday.

Henderson, the Rams’ top running back, has rushed for 648 yards and five touchdowns this season.

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Gardner Minshew throws first TD as an Eagle, a 36-yard dart to Dallas Goedert

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Minshew mania — it is upon us.

Starting in place of the injured Jalen Hurts, Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew II got off to a red-hot start against the New York Jets on Sunday, connecting with tight end Dallas Goedert for a 36-yard touchdown on the team’s opening drive. Facing a second-and-1, Minshew unfurled a pass downfield as he was being hit. Goedert hauled it in and shed a tackle attempt before walking into the end zone.

Minshew went 3-for-3 for 61 yards on the Eagles’ first possession, with each of those completions going to Goedert. Hurts is sidelined with a sprained left ankle, opening the door for Minshew’s first start since Dec. 20 last season, when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Minshew hit Goedert again, this time for a 25-yard score, later in the first half.



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Carolina Panthers fire offensive coordinator Joe Brady with team sitting at 5-7

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The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady with five games left in their season, the team announced Sunday.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said in a statement that he met with Brady on Sunday morning and “informed him that I have decided to make a change.”

“I’m very grateful to him for his time and effort in helping us get established over this past year and a half,” Rhule said.

Senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon will take over the offensive coordinator duties with the rest of the offensive coaching staff for the remainder of the season.

The Panthers are on their bye this week.

In October, Rhule said he was sticking with Brady but wanted him to commit more to the running game. Brady, however, never committed to the running game to the level Rhule preferred (at least 30 attempts per game).

The Panthers started the season 3-0 but are currently 5-7. Star running back Christian McCaffrey is out for the season with an ankle injury while the team has started three different quarterbacks. Sam Darnold struggled after a strong start in the first three games and is currently on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Cam Newton is now starting at quarterback in his second stint with the franchise.

Brady joined the Panthers in January 2020 after helping LSU win a national championship as the Tigers’ passing game coordinator.

ESPN’s David Newton contributed to this report.

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