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.)
crew is off this week. 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 CBSNFLN — Ed Hochuli
Sunday, Sept. 18
- 49ers at Panthers — John Parry
- Ravens at Browns — John Hussey
- Titans at Lions — Brad Allen
- Chiefs at Texans — Tony Corrente
- Dolphins at Patriots — Craig Wrolstad (with Terry McAulay’s crew)
- Saints at Giants — Gene Steratore
- Bengals at Steelers — Pete Morelli
- Cowboys at Washington — Bill Vinovich
- Buccaneers at Cardinals — Ron Torbert
- Seahawks at Rams — Jerome Boger
- Colts at Broncos — Walt Coleman
- Falcons at Raiders — Clete Blakeman
- Jaguars at Chargers — Carl Cheffers
- Packers at Vikings NBC — Walt Anderson
Monday, Sept. 19
- Eagles at Bears ESPN — Jeff Triplette
As a long time multi-sport official, there are 2 rules that have been ingrained in to my “game mind” – Safety and Consistency. Obviously, this year especially, both the NCAA and NFL have lost their common sense on the first, and don’t even know or understand the second. I CAN say that if I was as incompetent as these so-called professionals, I wouldn’t be officiating even Jr. High games; let alone anything higher. Yes, those who don’t cannot possible understand what it means to be on the field or court. Unfortunately for the striped jackasses in the MN v DAL game, I DO understand. If Roger G had a spine, or the head of Officials had any balls at all, he’d come up with an ACTUAL solution to the piss-poor officiating all over the league (and includes NCAA), then they’d do the honorable thing and resign, give back their entire 2016 salary, and go away.
Here’s a heads up NFL: By the time you do figure it out, it will be too late. Just ask Hillary. We didn’t get a better or a good thing, but we certainly didn’t want same old, same old. As an official, I am embarrassed. If this is what it takes to be an NCAA or Pro official, I am WAAAAAAYYYY to competent to qualify.