Tuesday's roundup MNF’s officials draw heat for flubs

Associated Press
In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) talks to an official in the first half a game against the New Orleans Saints. Richard Sherman spent last week criticizing what he believed were incorrect calls, only to be at the center of another officiating flap Monday night that this time went Seattle's way.

Seattle — Richard Sherman took the opportunity last week to criticize NFL officiating for what he deemed incorrect calls, almost daring the league to fine him for being so outspoken.

“Sometimes the truth is the truth, it’s the truth,” the All-Pro cornerback said last week. “It is what it is. This is basically reality TV, so I guess I’m good for ratings probably.”

So it seemed almost fitting that just a few days after making some bold comments, Sherman was at the center of another officiating flap in Monday night’s 31-25 victory over the Bills.

The latest black eye for the refs came when Walt Anderson’s crew chose not to flag Sherman for unnecessary roughness as he attempted to block Dan Carpenter’s field goal attempt at the end of the first half. Sherman was penalized for being offside — and was determined to be unabated to the kicker — but the play was not stopped in time to prevent Sherman from getting a piece of the kick and crashing recklessly into Carpenter’s legs.

“Whenever it comes to player safety, we want to look at these fouls,” NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said.

The fact no unnecessary roughness call was made created a whole other set of problems — including an injury timeout against Buffalo that forced Carpenter off the field — that weren’t handled well by Anderson’s crew. Most damaging for the Bills was the play clock not being properly reset as Carpenter lined up for a second field goal attempt, from 48 yards, and Buffalo being called for delay of game. After the 5-yard penalty, Carpenter’s attempt was wide right.

What seemed to be a chaotic mishandling by officials at the time proved critical in the final moments of the fourth quarter when Buffalo drove inside the Seattle 10 and needed a touchdown rather than just a field goal.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t pull it out at the end there, but mistakes happen in this league, there’s no question about it,” Buffalo coach Rex Ryan said.

Extra points

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski brought some cheer to patients at Boston Children’s Hospital.

WFXT-TV reports the Patriots tight end personally delivered a football Monday to a 10-year-old girl from Pembroke, Mass., named Katie who is suffering from ulcerative colitis and had surgery last Wednesday.

Video of the encounter shows Gronk dressed in what looks to be fleece Patriots pajamas joining with the smiling girl to give a “Let’s go Patriots” cheer.

... The Dolphins released cornerback Bene Benwikere.