Denver Broncos Got Away With Violent Hits On Vikings’ Josh Dobbs, Alexander Mattison


For Vikings Nation, the 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night has been especially tough to digest because, in addition to turnovers, the officials left the flags in their pockets on multiple plays that should have resulted in penalties for Denver.

The two most obvious no-calls were when running back Alexander Mattison was destroyed by Alex Singleton and safety Kareem Jackson hit Josh Dobbs.

The third play of the game saw the hit on Dobbs. After Dobbs fumbled, the Broncos recovered and went up 3-0 thanks to a field goal. Minnesota would have had a first down and the ball at midfield if a flag had been thrown.

“No matter what, we can’t turn the football over. I do know he took a pretty good shot to the helmet on the play,” head coach Kevin O’Connell said.

Even though it was Jackson’s first game back following a two-game suspension for an unnecessary roughness hit against the Packers, he got away with the nasty hit on Dobbs. Jackson received five unnecessary roughness penalties this season, earning him four suspensions and fines.

Jackson may face a fine or suspension as the NFL is looking into the hit, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, who broke the news early on Monday.

In the fourth quarter, Singleton lowered his head and struck Mattison square in the chest. Singleton smashed Mattison, standing him up and dragging him to the floor. It happened right in front of the side judge, and Mattison looked puzzled as to why a flag wasn’t raised in response to a hit that seemed so obviously illegal.

It had only been a week since Mattison’s concussion against the Saints.

Mattison was drilled while Minnesota was facing a first-and-20 at the Denver 48-yard line. Despite being faced with a third-and-20, they managed to convert a first down, and the drive resulted in a field goal.

There were other calls that could have been reported as well. After going out of bounds on a punt return, Brandon Powell was hit late in the game, and late in the fourth quarter, while Dobbs was in the pocket, his facemask was removed.