NFL fans are not enjoying the referees taking over the AFC Wild Card game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals.
In a playoff game where two teams with absolutely massive postseason victory droughts are going at it, it is a shame that the officiating has been this utterly horrendous. It has gotten Super Wild Card Weekend off on the wrong foot. People are losing their minds over a controversial Joe Burrow touchdown pass, as well as a Hunter Renfrow catch near the sidelines. It has been rough.
People tuned in to NBC on Saturday afternoon to watch the Bengals host the Raiders, but instead got to see some tigers and pirates take on those blasted zebras.
NFL fans hate the officiating of Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals game
While the Bengals have had the upper hand throughout much of the game, the Raiders are not going away quietly.
With it being a breakthrough season for the Bengals, they are expected to contend for future AFC North crowns with Burrow as their emerging franchise quarterback.
As for the Raiders, this has been a year defined by adversity and perseverance, as this team overcame all the odds just to even be here.
Ultimately, it would be a shame if horrendous officiating ended up being the reason why a team won or lost this game. It has been 19 years since the Raiders last won a postseason game and it has been even longer for the Bengals, who are still riding a league-worst 31-year playoff victory drought. One team will advance, but let’s hope the loser is not absolutely bitter at the officials.
Let’s hope the remaining playoff games are nowhere near as bad from an officiating standpoint.