7. Officiating crew does the NY Jets no favors
It's losers lament when supporters of a team excuse a loss on officiating calls, but the work of the Browns/Jets officiating crew gave New York supporters plenty of legitimate reasons to gripe. Fortunately for the Jets' faithful, the end result on Sunday produced a winners lament.
The officiating issues all started on the game's opening drive when the crew allowed a clear mistake to stand on the field after review clearly showed that Jets tight end Tyler Conklin secured a first down conversion with both feet in bounds.
There were several iffy calls throughout the game that went against the Jets. But none worse than a phantom holding call that prevented New York from taking the lead late in the game. The Jets, down 17-14, would have had a first and goal situation. Instead, a big run deep in the red zone was negated.
The Jets' offense ended up settling for a 57-yard game-tying field goal on that drive. The Browns dodged a bullet and thanks to some favorable laundry on their next drive, took a 24-17 lead.
Even a late personal foul call was questionable on the officials' part. It was that kind of day where the refs were looking to flag the Jets for any infraction. Even if there wasn't one available. The bottom line is that the Jets still won with a stacked deck against them. It was that kind of day.