The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a hard enough time staying out of their own way in Monday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, they didn't need any extra help from the officials.
It still ended up happening anyway.
For as bad as things felt at times on Monday, the Bucs were in the game more than they'll get credit. The game was tied for almost an entire half and Tampa Bay ended up finishing the game on a higher note than it seemed they would, but things managed to get away from them for a number of reasons.
To be clear, the Bucs have plenty of things to point to for why they lost that go beyond officiating, but there were a few brutal calls that were missed and ended up impacting the flow of the game.
Lane Johnson false start...and all the rest of them
Let's be real, an entire list could have populated from just the missed holding calls the Ealges got away with, but that wasn't all the offensive line was up to. More than once it appeared Philly was moving early, allowing guys like Lane Johnson to get a step on the Busc pass rush and protect Jalen Hurts.
To be fair, the pass rush wasn't outstanding for Tampa Bay and Todd Bowles said as much after the game. It helps, though, when you have a leg up on the defense and can get into position quicker than is allowed.
All of this might seem like pointless complaining -- which, to a certain extent it is -- but Bucs fans weren't the only ones noticing something fishy with Philly.
The Eagles were flagged only three times on Monday night for a grand total of 20 yards. It felt like there should have been a few more, something that could have stunted some of the drives Philly put together when they started to run away with things in the second half.
Once again, the Bucs pass rush needed to be better and the defensive front needs to be aware of early movement to sell it, but it's hard to not see plays like that Lane Johnson one and not throw your hands up.