Despite management-friendly scribes swearing to the contrary, the NFL’s replacement officials made some enormous errors yesterday-some of which affected the outcome of games and at least one that directly led to a starting quarterback being knocked out of the game. That’s not to mention track of time outs, which Dominic Moore Jersey we covered last night. general, most of the mistakes were of the purely-boneheaded variety, and there were far more than we could illustrate here. We’ll try to do this every week, with your help; if you a replacement referee blunder, tweet at us or use the #scabwatch hashtag. Patriots vs. Titans. Officials mistook incomplete pass for a fumble-a ruling reversed by the replay booth-which meant that they didn’t blow the play dead. On the runback, which should never have happened, Titans quarterback Locker was hit and knocked out of the game with injured shoulder.. Before Locker got knocked out of the game, he and the Tennessee offense had their opening drive killed when Frump’s crew missed clear defensive pass interference the end zone. Jaguars vs. Vikings. Kluwe stood up for the replacement referees at his game, but there were two big Eddie Giacomin Jersey misses. Here’s timing his jump perfectly yet being penalized for it.
This one’s a bit worse, as it set up the Jags’ eventual tying touchdown. Watch No. 84 at the bottom of the screen, as he’s flagged for illegal block below the waist despite clearly hitting the Jags player legally. Eagles vs. Browns. Both teams took equal punishment from referee Roan and his crew. Here’s Roan penalizing the wrong player for being offside, extremely simple penalty but a mistake that wasn’t corrected. More seriously, though, the Browns missed out at what should have been another opportunity to score a touchdown-one that would have given them a victory-when Eagles player jumped offside during a Phil Dawson field goal attempt without drawing a flag. This is the worst blunder, though. After a Vick fumble on third and short-with the Eagles driving attempt to score a game-winning TD-Browns coach Pat Shurmur tried to challenge the play’s result. But Vick recovered his own fumble, and you can only challenge the recovery of a fumble the end zone. It took Roan’s crew nearly six minutes to figure that out. Colts vs. Bears. Cutler was forced to call time out because referee Wayne forgot to reset the play clock after a penalty. Andrew Luck, believing he had a free play due to a Chicago player obviously jumping offside, threw deep and was intercepted. The flag never came. Bears cornerback Jennings is rewarded for a fantastic and legal defensive play by being called for pass interference. Redskins vs. Saints. Referee ‘s crew bails out Griffin III on a fourth-down play with a phantom pass-interference call the end zone. The zebras’ enthusiasm for throwing flags had a great deal to do with Griffin’s phenomenal first-game numbers. Here’s one of the most glaring mistakes we recorded yesterday. The Redskins started this drive on the 20 after a touchback, meaning the first-down marker was exactly at the 30. On third down, with the ball spotted at the 24, Griffin threw incomplete pass. The Saints committed a five-yard penalty on the ensuing punt. Somehow, 24 plus 5 got Washington the first down. Falcons vs. Chiefs.
Just one gripe about this game, though it’s a big one. Jones made a touchdown catch that should have been brought back for pass interference, but the play was missed by Shepherd’s crew. Rams vs. Lions. There is ineligible interior lineman downfield two yards from the line of scrimmage at the time the pass is thrown. This touchdown won the game for the Lions, who have Briggans’s crew to thank for the victory. 49ers vs. Packers. Oh holy hell, where do we start? Referee White’s crew was horrendous, and we couldn’t possibly highlight all their mistakes. Our favorite, though, is this punt which the 49ers are charged with a block the back despite being the punting team. Apparently Green Bay rushed the kick backward. Unsportsmanlike conduct was called on the Niners on this play for removing the helmet, even though it was Aaron Rodgers’s foot that did the removing. Another good defensive play flagged for pass interference. There were, by our count, at least four false starts by the 49ers that escaped referee punishment this game. Here’s one of them. Steelers vs. Broncos. Last night’s finale capped off evening of terrible officiating, as referee Wright’s crew proved inept and confused throughout the evening. Here’s the crew running away from the ball, which is snapped before the umpire reaches his position and while a Steelers player is still trying to get off the field. The clock never stopped, and was never fixed, after a challenge flag was tossed. Last night’s SNF game was only 59 minutes, because a minute disappeared into the ether. The crew also lost track of the two-minute warning. When a touchdown happens at the two-minute mark, the officials are supposed to wait until after the conversion before calling the warning. Instead, they sent the game to timeout right after the touchdown, giving the Broncos more time to set up their two-point conversion play-and costing the Steelers the timeout they could have used to plan their two-minute drill. Again, this is by no means a comprehensive list. The regular refs make plenty of mistakes, but they generally ‘t misplace the two-minute warning or award nine-yard first downs. If the NFL wants to keep arguing that the scabs ‘t make a difference, it needs to ignore a lot of video evidence.