If you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan, the penalty flags thrown during their loss to the Green Bay Packers were undoubtedly frustrating.
An offensive pass interference call - dialed in from the NFL referees watching in New York - negated what would have been a Stefon Diggs touchdown. The team had to settle for a field goal instead.
This isn’t just a Vikings issue, however.
“I think it’s a little absurd, I think it’s a little ridiculous,” Thielen responded when asked about how the newly emphasized rules are interpreted by wide receivers. “But at the same time that’s our job. We got to figure out how to play within the rules and when they change them we got to figure out how they’re going to call them.
“I think the tough part right now is the consistency. I feel like sometimes it’s called and it’s ticky-tacky and sometimes it’s called and it’s blatant and it’s not called.”
Minnesota hosts the Oakland Raiders this weekend, who are ranked dead last against the pass this season, giving up an average of 342.5 passing yards per game.
“For us it’s trying to figure out what is going to be called,” he added. “What’s not going to be called, what will be reviewed what won’t be reviewed.
“At the same time, it’s football. We got to be able to go out there and play our game, play fast, play physical and kind of just let it play out.”