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Week 17 referee assignments

Alex Kemp heads the crew to start Week 17 in Cleveland



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Alex Kemp wraps up the Thursday Night Football slate as his crew heads to Cleveland for the Jets-Browns contest. Brad Rogers is off this week.

Thursday, Dec. 28

  • Jets at Browns  Prime — Alex Kemp

Saturday, Dec. 30

  • Lions at Cowboys  ESPN ESPN+ — Brad Allen

Sunday, Dec. 31

  • Cardinals at Eagles  — Bill Vinovich
  • Falcons at Bears  — Adrian Hill
  • Panthers at Jaguars  — Carl Cheffers
  • Raiders at Colts  — Shawn Smith
  • Rams at Giants  — Tra Blake
  • Dolphins at Ravens  — Clete Blakeman
  • Patriots at Bills  — Alan Eck
  • Saints at Buccaneers  — Land Clark
  • 49ers at Commanders  — Ron Torbert
  • Titans at Texans  — Scott Novak
  • Steelers at Seahawks  — Shawn Hochuli
  • Bengals at Chiefs  — John Hussey
  • Chargers at Broncos  — Craig Wrolstad
  • Packers at Vikings  NBC Peacock — Clay Martin

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. Anonymous

    December 27, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    i cant wait for steelers vs seahawks to have 1 million penalties

  2. Anonymous

    December 30, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    Already a monumental screwup in Detroit-Dallas game. Taylor Decker clearly walks up to Brad Allen to report as eligible on 2 pt. conversion attempt. Yet, after Decker catches the ball for the score, Allen somehow decides that Decker wasn’t eligible after all, because he apparently declared the wrong player as eligible. Of course, this mess gave the Cowboys a cheap win, which is business as usual for the league.

  3. Anonymous

    December 31, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    Brad allen basically changed the course of the nfc seeding last night, terrible.

  4. Anonymous

    December 31, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    They’ll give Allen, behind a large number of poor calls this year, the Super Bowl, in the shining example of giving Jerome Boger a Super Bowl.

  5. Anonymous

    January 1, 2024 at 8:21 am

    How come you won’t take responsibility and say Brad Allen blew it?

    Why won’t you take responsibility and say refs that screw up should face some sort of discipline?

    You want to know why people think sports are fixed? Because 1 ref can change the complete outcome of a game and then will face no discipline or formal acknowledgement from the governing body.

    You defend him by saying the lions tried to do something unorthodox… it’s been reported that Dan Campbell told the refs pregame about the play. It’s been reported that Dan skipper never said anything when entering the field. It’s been reported that Decker repeatedly said “report”.

    After the game, in the only 1 question allowed to be asked to the ref, he flat out says 70 said reported.

    Video evidence disproves this.

    He lied. The ref lied. He made a mistake and instead of of owning, up he lies.

    This means Brad Allen is clearly unethical.

    Yet, here you are saying he should be allowed to officiate other games.

    You defending the indefensible only dissolves your credibility.

    You realize this one wrong call. It’s not even a judgment call. it’s just wrong. Its just 100% completely wrong. Sets the seeds for the NFC playoffs.

    It’s disappointing that such an obvious error is being defended and excused by this site. When players make mistakes, you call them out. When the refs screw up, you claim it’s human error.

    Your bias outweighs your insight.

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