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Week 9 referee assignments

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Thursday’s battle in Ohio featuring the undefeated Bengals hosting the Browns will be officiated by first-year referee John Hussey. This week six teams have byes (Cardinals, Ravens, Lions, Texans, Chiefs, and Seahawks), which means that four officiating crews will get the week off: Walt Anderson, Pete Morelli, John Parry, and Jeff Triplette.

[Editor’s note: A previous version of this post had Carl Cheffers listed as the Thursday night referee, verified by information published by the NFL public relations department (twice!). Football Zebras has confirmed that John Hussey is the Thursday night referee and that Carl Cheffers has the Dolphins-Bills game on Sunday. We take pride in providing accurate and timely information on the assignments, and I apologize that we were incorrect.]

Image: Hussey as a line judge last year (Craig Melvin/Buffalo Bills)

Thursday, Nov. 5

  • Browns at Bengals NFLN — John Hussey

Sunday, Nov. 8

  • Packers at Panthers — Gene Steratore
  • Washington at Patriots — Terry McAulay
  • Titans at Saints — Jerome Boger
  • Dolphins at Bills — Carl Cheffers
  • Rams at Vikings — Ron Torbert
  • Jaguars at Jets — Walt Coleman
  • Raiders at Steelers — Bill Vinovich
  • Giants at Buccaneers — Clete Blakeman
  • Falcons at 49ers — Tony Corrente
  • Broncos at Colts — Brad Allen
  • Eagles at Cowboys NBC — Ed Hochuli

Monday, Nov. 9

  • Bears at Chargers ESPN — Craig Wrolstad

From Football Zebras editor Ben Austro

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37 thoughts on “Week 9 referee assignments

  1. Why do referees always say the team’s hometown when they announce charged timeouts, challenges, or at the coin toss instead of the team’s name? Ex: Baltimore is challenging the ruling on the field. Is it a rule that they can’t say team’s names? I’m really curious

  2. I assume that Walt Anderson will work as referee for Dolphins Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday

  3. We aren’t assuming anything, which is why it is TBD. We have conflicting information, and we have never been wrong with an assignment. I’ll have it verified in a day or two at the most.

  4. Why do referees always say the team’s hometown when they announce charged timeouts, challenges, or at the coin toss instead of the team’s name? Ex: Baltimore is challenging the ruling on the field. Is it a rule that they can’t say team’s names? I’m really curious

  5. For those of you who haven’t used process of elimination, only John Hussey and Walt Anderson are possibilities for MIA-BUF. Other referees without assignments so far are Pete Morelli (worked MIA last Thursday), John Parry (worked in Buffalo Week 1), and Jeff Triplette (near guarantee he has a bye after returning from London).

  6. I’m kinda surprised Gene Steratore has the Panthers, didn’t he have the Panthers vs Buccaneers a few weeks ago?

  7. I agree Cheffers won’t officiate two games this and thats why I think Anderson has the Dolphins Bills game in Buffalo

  8. Can Carl Cheffers referee two games this week? He has tomorrow nights game in Cincinnati.. I just checked the Bills and Dolphins 2015 Wikipedia and for their game on Sunday Carl Cheffers is the referee listed for that game as well.

  9. I am 100 percent on Cheffers doing Miami-Buffalo. I saw the Bills’ official flip card. If I could post a picture I would.

  10. Walt Anderson did Bills-Titans in Week 5. He wouldn’t be eligible to officiate the Bills in Week 9.

  11. Ben has caused an incredible amount of confusion this week…need to get some more reliable sources…get it together Austro!

  12. HELLO? Why do referees always say the team’s hometown when they announce charged timeouts, challenges, or at the coin toss instead of the team’s name? Ex: Baltimore is challenging the ruling on the field. Is it a rule that they can’t say team’s names? I’m really curious

  13. I understand Walt is out for a short period with an injury. Like last week, I’m sure another R will work with his crew.

  14. Just curious, if Cheffers is doing both games this week. Will this be the first time a referee does two games in one week? Also, thanks Ben for your great work in getting assignments posted so quickly.

  15. Week #10 question

    Is Pete Morelli eligible for HOU @ CIN on Monday Night? Sorry if I am early with asking this.

  16. We fixed the post. Information published by the NFL was relied upon (naturally), but was incorrect.

    As for referees working Thursday-Sunday, it has happened if there are no referees available to fill in for injury or if there is some other assignment issue.

  17. Randy, there is no rule on how referees indicate the teams when penalties and the toss are announced. It is just usually personal preference. They usually call the teams by their hometown but sometimes name the team. For example, Ed Hochuli when calling a timeout last week referred to the Jets by their nickname rather than New York. It is also helpful to use nicknames in obvious situations like when the Giants play the Jets. Saying ‘New York win the toss’ helps nobody.

    Hope this helps

  18. Matt Baehner, most likely no. Morelli and his crew already worked a Monday Night game earlier this year between Pittsburgh and San Diego. It is highly unlikely he will receive another Monday game.

  19. It seems to me that the person who assigns the WHs each week is very bias. Some WHs receive all the important/marquee games while others are overlook noticeably. It seems Ed and Jerome especially are assign to Siberia each week. Ed I see finally gets a marquee and or a primetime game. just saying.

  20. Randy is right. It is not the whole city that is being charged a timeout or assessed a penalty, just their football team. I’ve wondered why they call the city’s name for a long time also. On another note, we get Ed on a Sunday night and Gene for the Packers-Panthers, the obvious NFC game of the week! Can’t wait to see these guys call their games! (Go get ’em, Panthers!)

  21. Oh, no, what happened to Mr. Anderson? Wishing him well and a rapid return, because I like the way he calls his penalties, looking in the direction he points whether toward the offense or defense.

  22. Two games in one week? 2012 season, week one crew on Sunday night in Denver worked 4 nights later on Thursday night in Green Bay.

  23. Does anyone think the lack of consistency with calls is at least part due to changing the crew assignments in the last year or so? One example- a few years ago, Hochuli’s crew made only a few bad calls- and not often. His current crew isn’t anywhere near as good.

  24. Who’s eligible for Giants-Pats? I know Hochuli, Triplette, Boger, Torbert, Allen, Anderson, Steratore (who’s apparently in Denver) Anybody that I’m missing?

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