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Week 12 referee assignments

The Thanksgiving slate  will have Carl Cheffers, Craig Wrolstad, and Walt Coleman at the helm. Gene Steratore’s crew is off.

Thursday, Nov. 24

  • Vikings at Lions   CBS   â€”   Carl Cheffers
  • Washington at Cowboys   Fox   â€”   Craig Wrolstad
  • Steelers at Colts   NBC   â€”   Walt Coleman

Sunday, Nov. 27

  • Cardinals at Falcons   â€”   John Parry
  • Bengals at Ravens   â€”   Clete Blakeman
  • Jaguars at Bills   â€”   Tony Corrente
  • Titans at Bears   â€”   Ed Hochuli
  • Giants at Browns   â€”   Walt Anderson
  • Chargers at Texans   â€”   Jeff Triplette
  • 49ers at Dolphins   â€”   Ron Torbert
  • Rams at Saints   â€”   John Hussey
  • Seahawks at Buccaneers   â€”   Bill Vinovich
  • Patriots at Jets   â€”   Brad Allen
  • Panthers at Raiders   â€”   Jerome Boger
  • Chiefs at Broncos   NBC   â€”   Pete Morelli

Monday, Nov. 28

  • Packers at Eagles   ESPN   â€”   Terry McAulay
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8 thoughts on “Week 12 referee assignments

  1. Ranking the referees:

    TIER 1
    These referees are worthy of officiating a Super Bowl. They catch virtually every penalty, have almost perfect knowledge of the rulebook, and are completely free of bias against certain teams or players.

    1. Ed Hochuli
    2. Walt Anderson
    3. Terry McAulay
    4. Walt Coleman

    TIER 2
    These referees might miss a couple of flags here and there, but have sufficient knowledge of the rulebook and can explain nearly every call they make. They deserve to have a playoff assignment.

    5. John Parry
    6. Carl Cheffers
    7. Tony Corrente
    8. Ron Torbert
    9. Craig Wrolstad

    TIER 3
    The referees in this group are somewhat inconsistent with penalties and might not always make the right call on the field, but will usually correct themselves after viewing the instant replay. These referees aren’t perfect by any means, but a game they officiate is unlikely to start a major controversy.

    10. John Hussey
    11. Clete Blakeman
    12. Brad Allen

    TIER 4
    This group’s referees are wildly inconsistent from game to game and have quite a bias against certain teams. They aren’t completely incompetent, but they absolutely do not deserve to officiate a playoff game and their job as a referee should be on thin ice.

    13. Bill Vinovich
    14. Pete Morelli
    15. Gene Steratore
    16. Jerome Boger

    TIER 5
    This man is so bad he gets his own tier to himself. He is entirely unworthy of a job as a referee and should be fired immediately or limited to preseason contests until he improves his eyesight and knowledge of the game. He does a terrible job of managing football games and he makes up rules to justify the flags that he throws and the calls that he makes.

    17. Jeff Triplette

  2. Luke,

    What did Gene Steratore or Bill Vinovich ever do to you? Did they steal your girlfriend? Outside of Boger and Triplette, I would be comfortable with any other NFL Referee officiating a key game provided they have the right crew. If you are surrounded by bad officials, there is a limit to what you can do to bail them out.

  3. Cheffers crew did exceptionally poor job in game in Seattle on Sunday. Off to bad start in game in Detroit.

  4. The zebras are showing their stripes against the LIONS during the Thanksgiving day Game. Calling a phantom interference call to prolong a Vikings opening drive is definitely a bad sign for the rest of the day.

  5. Just because your team losses dose not mean the referee is bad. Also this is meant to help people learn not to complain about the jobs a referee is doing like Ben Austro-Hungarian has said in the past.

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