- Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Richie Incognito was flagged for unnecessary roughness on Sunday after shoving a Chicago Bears player’s face into the ground after a play.
- The penalty cost the Raiders 15 yards and knocked them out field goal range.
- It’s the second straight week a penalty has hurt the Raiders, as last week, Vontaze Burfict was ejected and later suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
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Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Richie Incognito committed a foolish and unnecessary penalty that cost his team points on Sunday.
On the opening drive against the Chicago Bears, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed a short pass to running back Jalen Richard that got the Raiders to the Bears’ 28-yard line. After a tackle was made, Incognito came running over, joined the pile-up, then shoved a Bears player’s helmet into the ground for no apparent reason.
Incognito was flagged for unnecessary roughness and the 15-yard penalty knocked the Raiders out of field goal range.
Here was the play:
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 6, 2019
Incognito was one of several big-name additions for the Raiders this offseason, many of which have proved ineffective. Antonio Brown was cut before the regular season after a months-long drama. Last week, linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the rest of the regular season for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Incognito has a checkered history, including the infamous Dolphins bullying scandal, and many in the NFL world were not surprised by the penalty in Week 5.
Richie Incognito personal foul? Why I never.
— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) October 6, 2019
There are tough guys and there are dumb guys. Richie Incognito works hard to be both. #BEARSvsRAIDERS
— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) October 6, 2019
Against the Bears’ stingy defence, the missed opportunity for three points may come back to haunt the Raiders.
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