Real NFL officials are back to work this weekend and nobody will complain about a blown call ever again.
Pardon me while I laugh hysterically.
Yes, the lockout is over and outcome-changing calls like the touchdown involving Seattle and Green Bay never will occur again. But lest we forget that officials are involved in coin flips (see Pittsburgh-Detroit, Thanksgiving 1998) and tummy tucks (see Tom Brady in 2001 playoffs).
The professional officials won’t get every play called right but at least they’ll be in the right position. That’s something that didn’t happen in weeks 1-3.
GAME OF THE DAY
New Orleans (0-3) at Green Bay (1-2) 3:25 p.m. The NFC’s top two offenses a year ago meet in a possible early-season elimination game. Saints QB Drew Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 46 consecutive games, one shy of tying Johnny Unitas for the longest streak in NFL history. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 for 312 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in last year’s 42-34 win.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who had a forced fumble in the Bears’ last game against Dallas in 2010, is the only player to notch 25 or more interceptions and forced fumbles since 2005.
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