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Week 2 referee assignments

Ed Hochuli is the referee for the Thursday night game between the Jets and Bills. It is the first NFL game to be streamed on a social-media platform, as Twitter has the rights to carry the telecast on their service. Ironically, officials are prohibited from using Twitter for game-related communication during the season, so this will be a first for officiating as well. The game is also carried on CBS stations and NFL Network.

This week also marks the opening of two venues for football: the Vikings will have the grand opening of  U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and the Rams will return to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, their home field from 1946 to 1979. (Both stadiums have had preseason games this year.)

[Update 9/19: Information has been updated below.]

Clete Blakeman’s crew is off this week. There is some reassigning of referees to substitute for Terry McAulay this week, as McAulay is out with an undisclosed issue. McAulay is expected to return next week.

Thursday, Sept. 15

  • Jets at Bills   CBS  NFLN       â€”   Ed Hochuli

Sunday, Sept. 18

  • 49ers at Panthers   â€”   John Parry
  • Ravens at Browns   â€”   John Hussey
  • Titans at Lions   â€”   Brad Allen
  • Chiefs at Texans   â€”   Tony Corrente
  • Dolphins at Patriots   â€”   Craig Wrolstad (with Terry McAulay’s crew)
  • Saints at Giants   â€”   Gene Steratore
  • Bengals at Steelers   â€”   Pete Morelli
  • Cowboys at Washington   â€”   Bill Vinovich
  • Buccaneers at Cardinals   â€”   Ron Torbert
  • Seahawks at Rams   â€”   Jerome Boger
  • Colts at Broncos   â€”   Walt Coleman
  • Falcons at Raiders   â€”   Clete Blakeman (with Craig Wrolstad’s crew)
  • Jaguars at Chargers   â€”   Carl Cheffers
  • Packers at Vikings   NBC   â€”   Walt Anderson

Monday, Sept. 19

  • Eagles at Bears   ESPN   â€”   Jeff Triplette
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Ben Austro
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14 thoughts on “Week 2 referee assignments

  1. Just want to ask why the good crews are put on games that have no bearing on anything i.e. Packers-Vikings—–maybe Ed Hochuli or Bill Vinovich should work that game—-Thank you–Kevin Timm

  2. LOL Kevin. Now I don’t mean to insult you, but all games have playoff implications at this time of year.

  3. Will you list here any substitutions they make per week for each crew as you talked about in the leagues attempt to have the best crews in prime time games and all.

  4. I see #77 is sitting out for a second week in a row. Wondering if he was disciplined for his public chewing out of Monroe a couple of weeks ago or if Blandino finally realized he is overrated!

  5. Thanks, Al, for your commentary.

    It’s not disciplinary. It’s a personal matter, and we’ll leave it at that.

  6. OK Ben, thanks for clearing that up. Wondering how long someone would be sidelined after an appendectomy? 4-6 weeks or 6-8 weeks?

  7. Wayne Mackie is a terrible ref John Hussein and his crew really look bad because of Mackie’so incompetence.

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