A week after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-23, the NFL has come out and acknowledged that there were plenty of questionable calls that went against the Jaguars in the week one matchup.

Though the league did not mention specific questionable calls, it is easy to see which of the 16 calls against Jacksonville it might be referring to. There are also specific missed calls as well, like a missed defensive holding call on Packers cornerback Micah Hyde late in the game. The penalty would’ve given Jacksonville first-and-goal. Instead, the Jaguars were later stopped on fourth down and ended up losing the game.

To no one’s surprise, Jacksonville officials were not happy with last Sunday’s officiating.

The missed calls became a topic of discussion at an internal Jaguars meeting, sources said, with team officials believing that the referees missed at least four pass interference calls committed on wide receiver Allen Robinson, including potential penalties by Damarious Randall and Sam Shields.

As for any public statements made by the Jaguars, they have sort of been across the board. After the loss, Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Robinson would not blame the officials for the loss.

“It’s not about the calls,” Robinson said. “Blake [Bortles] gave me a ton of opportunities to make a play. I’ve got to make more plays. Seeing that that’s how the game is being called, I’ve got to adjust my physicality to the game.”

Marquise Lee, Robinson’s teammate, took a different approach.

“I don’t know what the refs were looking at,” Lee said. “We had some [penalties] we felt should have been called.”

Outside of the Broncos-Panthers opener and some officials that got confused over a field goal, the angst against the NFL’s referees has been pretty tame thus far. It’s hard to imagine it will stay that way, however. There are few American sports fan traditions better than blaming the refs for a loss.


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