Troy Aikman doesn’t like roughing penalty on Tyrone Crawford
FOX analyst Troy Aikman was critical of a roughing the passer penalty on Tyrone Crawford in the first quarter. The Cowboys defensive lineman hit Russell Wilson as the Seahawks quarterback released the ball.
The 15-yard penalty gave Seattle a first down on a third-down incompletion intended for Brandon Marshall.
It appeared similar to Clay Matthews’ hit on Alex Smith earlier Sunday.
“Tyrone Crawford comes in, makes a textbook play, and these are game-changing penalties,” Aikman said. “I’m tired of talking about it.”
The NFL used Matthews’ controversial hit on Kirk Cousins last week -- as well as one from Eric Kendricks on Aaron Rodgers -- as a “teaching tool” for teams.
“The league just can’t seem to get out of its own way,” Aikman continued.
Crawford left the game with a right arm injury but returned after adding a support sleeve to his arm.
Earl Thomas has a nifty interception of Dak Prescott, but officials ruled it an incomplete pass on the field to negate a return by the Seahawks safety. The Seahawks ended up punting.
Neither team has done much on offense, and it remains 0-0 late in the first quarter.