DENVER — Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs misplaced a first-quarter fumble Sunday evening on a questionable hit by Denver Broncos security Kareem Jackson, a play that marked a key flip of occasions in Minnesota’s eventual 21-20 loss.
Watching in actual time from the sideline, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell stated he thought that Jackson — taking part in in his first recreation again following a two-game suspension for related hits — ought to have been penalized after decreasing his head and driving the highest of his helmet into Dobbs’ chest and face masks.
One of many NFL’s well being and security spotters famous the contact and despatched Dobbs to endure a concussion test, which he handed. However the Broncos recovered the fumble on the Vikings’ 30-yard line and in the end turned it right into a 31-yard subject purpose from Wil Lutz.
Requested if he thought Jackson ought to have been flagged, O’Connell stated: “On the sector, it felt like that. I am going to have to return and take a look at it. It tends to occur fairly quick on the market, however within the second, coming from the second stage the way in which he did, it appeared like a fairly direct helmet-to-helmet sort hit. However I am positive [officials] noticed it in a different way on the play. They’re officiating a quick play proper there.”
Dobbs was truly a working again on the play; Vikings tight finish T.J. Hockenson lined up underneath heart and pitched the ball to Dobbs in an try and convert a third-and-1. Which means Dobbs didn’t advantage safety afforded to quarterbacks within the pocket.
However NFL gamers are also prohibited from decreasing their heads and making forcible contact with their helmets in opposition to opponents, a rule that’s not typically flagged as a result of it’s tough for officers to see. However such hits typically end in warning letters, fines and infrequently suspensions.
Along with his suspension, Jackson has been fined 4 occasions this season and ejected from two video games.
Dobbs stated he “felt wonderful” after the hit, explaining why he handed via the concussion take a look at, and deferred to O’Connell on whether or not Jackson ought to have been penalized.
“I have not had an opportunity to look at it,” Dobbs stated. “That is one thing I am going to try. I’ve bought to care for the soccer. Third-and-1, I am attempting to make a play, get the primary down, preserve us on the sector, transfer the sticks. I am going to let the coaches and everybody else determine that stuff out with officiating. However on the finish of the day, I’ve bought to care for the soccer in that state of affairs, particularly to start out the sport.”
The Vikings dedicated a complete of three turnovers, together with an interception from Dobbs and a fumble by working again Alexander Mattison. The Broncos transformed these miscues into 9 factors, almost half their whole for the evening.