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First Call: Cowboys complain about refs after loss to Steelers; familiar Antonio Brown moment in Tampa debut

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Baker back?
The Cleveland Browns (5-3) are coming off their bye, too. They now host the Houston Texans (2-6) today.
The looming concern in Cleveland is if quarterback Baker Mayfield will be all set to play. He was put on the reserve covid-19 list Saturday.
Via NFL.com, the Browns said they learned Saturday that a team member evaluated positive. Therefore, close contacts were instantly self-isolated following contact tracing. As a close contact, Mayfield should self-isolate for 5 days.
NFL Networks Mike Garafolo reported that Mayfield could be cleared to go back to football as early as Wednesday.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 9, 2020.

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Mondays “First Call” provides us some grousing from the Dallas Cowboys after their loss to the Steelers. The authorities made some close calls against them, and they arent delighted about it.
We also check in on the Steelers next opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals. We get an update on Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in covid-19 protocol, too.
And Antonio Brown had his launching with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It wasnt precisely remarkable. But it did have one traditional A.B. moment.

Cryin Cowboys
The Cowboys were dissatisfied with the officiating in their 24-19 loss to the Steelers.
Specifically, two penalties soaked up in the 4th quarter by linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Via ESPN.coms Todd Archer, “Jaylon Smith had 2 expensive fourth-quarter penalties on the Steelers last two scoring drives. I was just trying to push the quarterback and press the pocket, put my hands up when the ball was coming out and thats what it was.”.
The charge for striking Roethlisberger in the face eliminated what wouldve been a fumble by the Steelers quarterback. Later on in the game, Steelers linebacker T.J.Watt had a similar– however less obvious– variation of that penalty that wasnt called.
You can see Smiths entire description here. And his colleague DeMarcus Lawrence is also annoyed about it.

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Disappointing launching.
Antonio Browns first video game as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer left a lot to be wanted.
The group got smoked at house by the department competing New Orleans Saints 38-3. And the former Steelers star receiver had simply 3 catches for 31 backyards.
One of them was a timeless A.B. kind of minute. He made a great snag on the relocation on a somewhat high toss from quarterback Tom Brady. The conversion moved the sticks. And Brown did his usual, point-for-a-first-down-and-drop-the-ball routine.
With much emphasis.
All while tracking 31-0 with simply over 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
I am not sure if Brown is genuinely back to his old kind. However Mr. Big Chest is.
” Ronald” completed with 39 snaps.

Rested Bengals.
The Bengals do not get a win very typically. But this time, they had some additional time to enjoy one.
The Steelers next challenger had Sunday off for their bye week after a 31-20 upset success over the Titans.
And Pittsburgh is going to have to get ready for increasing novice quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals leading total draft option has actually thrown for 655 lawns in Cincys last two video games. He has six total touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) as opposed to just one interception over that stretch.
He has actually been sacked 28 times. The Philadelphia Eagles are the only group to have actually enabled their quarterback to be dropped regularly (32 ).
The Steelers 32 sacks on defense lead the NFL.
After playing the Steelers, the Bengals (2-5-1) get two struggling groups from the NFC East. They check out Washington (2-6) and host the New York Giants (2-7).

Fantastic task, Dallas defense. You played well adequate to manage this upset. However its virtually difficult to beat 2 groups– one unbeaten and one tossing flags.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 9, 2020.

Although Steelers fans will likely argue that Chase Claypool was the victim of several pass interference calls that were not made and Watt needs tove been the recipient of couple of holding calls that never took place.

Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch got called for shoving running back Anthony McFarland in the facemask. “I struck him in the face mask on mishap. If the refs wouldve seen it, I believe they mightve seen it on replay, and I do not know.
The 15-yard infraction assisted advance a drive that resulted in a Chris Boswell field objective to pull the Steelers within one point at 19-18. In all, the Steelers only were penalized 3 times, while the Cowboys racked up seven flags for 70 backyards.
It certainly appears FS1 host Skip Bayless disagreed with the officiaing, too.

Via ESPN.coms Todd Archer, “Jaylon Smith had 2 costly fourth-quarter charges on the Steelers last 2 scoring drives. I was simply attempting to press the quarterback and press the pocket, put my hands up when the ball was coming out and thats what it was.”.
Its essentially impossible to beat two groups– one undefeated and one tossing flags.
He made a nice snag on the move on a slightly high toss from quarterback Tom Brady. He has six overall goals (five death, one hurrying) as opposed to just one interception over that stretch.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 9, 2020.

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Im not the one to complain. That was overall BS on that last call.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 9, 2020.

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