PHILADELPHIA -- Owner Jerry Jones blamed the officials for the Dallas Cowboys committing 18 penalties and breaking a dubious 27-year-old franchise record in Sunday afternoon's 20-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys' previous record for penalties in a game was 17, set in 1988 during a 24-21 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
"These officials -- for both teams -- decided they were going to rewrite the book on how to make blocks and how to do some other things out there," Jones said. "Surely, we're not going to have to reinvent our technique on blocking because of this football game. I am being facetious."
Upon further review, Jones might decide to direct his frustration at his team -- not the officials. After all, the Cowboys committed nine different infractions, including six false starts. They were called for holding three times.
Mackenzy Bernadeau, starting for the injured Ronald Leary, led the team with three penalties; Zack Martin, penalized once all last season, received two penalties. Every starting offensive lineman committed at least one penalty, and the unit combined to commit 10 penalties.
When asked if he felt optimistic that the Cowboys could continue to win, even though quarterback Tony Romo is out eight to 10 weeks, a source told ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer, with a fractured collarbone, Jones took one more opportunity to criticize the officials.
"That's a good reason," he said. "Again, I guess we're going to have to figure out what holding is -- not for them, but for the league to tell us. Was that a record for offensive line penalties? Was it a record for an NFL game?"
The Brooklyn Tigers and Chicago Bears share the NFL record for penalties in a game with 22. Each team did it in 1944.