Through three weeks, 34 roughing-the-passer penalties have been made -- in comparison, 2016 had 20 such calls through three weeks and 2017 had 16 of them. If this continues, look for offenses to put up record-setting numbers in 2018.
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who has been called for roughing-the-passer penalties in each of the first three games, is directly at the center of this discussion and it was one of those penalties that led to the first altered outcome.
In Week 2, the Packers were winning 29-22 over the Minnesota Vikings late in the game. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a pick and Packers bettors thought they had themselves a win on the money line and the spread. But much to their dismay, the Vikings were given new life by said penalty and drove down the field to tie the game.
Gerald McCoy said “My fault, Ben” mid-hit, which was awesome pic.twitter.com/51p1f4lzvX— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) September 25, 2018
Apparently, it won't be changing at any point soon, despite the NFL Competition Committee saying they're uncomfortable with how this experiment has played out.
I'm told this morning a number of members of the Competition Committee are uncomfortable with the roughing the passer calls, particularly the Clay Mathews one from the Vikings game. Committee call next week, but members are unsure if anything will change this year.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) September 25, 2018
While the NFL continues to coddle the quarterback position, it's best for bettors to keep this in mind before placing bets. If the Matthews trend continues, there might be a lot more overs in games this season.
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