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Week 12 referee assignments

The Thanksgiving evening contest will be officiated by referee Tra Blake and his crew.



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Carl Cheffers, Bill Vinovich, and Tra Blake are working the Thanksgiving games with their crews this year. John Hussey will be working the Black Friday game, which is either the “first ever” Black Friday NFL game or the third Black Friday game in NFL history. (Unfortunately, both are right. The two previous games were AFL games when they were played, but are now “NFL history.”)

Craig Wrolstad is off this week.

Thursday, Nov. 23

  • Packers at Lions  Fox — Carl Cheffers
  • Commanders at Cowboys  CBS Paramount+ — Bill Vinovich
  • 49ers at Seahawks  NBC Peacock — Tra Blake

Friday, Nov. 24

  • Dolphins at Jets  Prime — John Hussey

Sunday, Nov. 26

  • Panthers at Titans  — Ron Torbert
  • Jaguars at Texans  — Clay Martin
  • Patriots at Giants  — Scott Novak
  • Saints at Falcons  — Brad Allen
  • Steelers at Bengals  — Brad Rogers
  • Buccaneers at Colts  — Clete Blakeman
  • Browns at Broncos  — Adrian Hill
  • Rams at Cardinals  — Shawn Smith
  • Bills at Eagles  — Shawn Hochuli
  • Chiefs at Raiders  — Land Clark
  • Ravens at Chargers  NBC Peacock — Alan Eck

Monday, Nov. 27

  • Bears at Vikings  ESPN ABC ESPN+ — Alex Kemp

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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  1. Disapointed

    November 23, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    Worst officiating game in the history of the nfl including the strike
    This game is fixed
    The officials can throw a holding flag fir every play but yet penalize the teams they bet on
    The fumble went forward eight yards hould have been incomplete
    NFL has a defective product including officiating

  2. Anonymous

    November 26, 2023 at 11:58 pm

    Was Duane Heydt suspended? He was not with Brad Allen’s crew this week.

  3. Anonymous

    November 27, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    The first half of Bills/ Eagles was horrible.. Why is it that Shawn Hocholi’s crews always seem to be in the middle of it.. Shawn, 5 yards away from Allen getting horse collared , and MISSES IT!!! A few missed DPI, all in all possibly the worst officiating half of the year.. Would love to see Ben come on for his views on a few of these.. Gene was ripping several of the calls on CBS, and rightly so..Yes, Bills fan, they deserved to lose at the end of the game.. But, an awful job by Ed’s son’s crew!!! And the new guy Eck, who was in Buffalo last week in LA for the night game, I guess you can throw Justin Herbert out of bounce when he’s 3 yards over the line.. Terry Mc Cauley who adds NOTHING, even said it was a missed.. Calling Ben.. Rough week for the stripes!!! Need better from them!!!

  4. Anonymous

    November 27, 2023 at 11:20 pm

    Hey look U89 Mike Morton he’s back

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