Best Stat on NFL Replacement Referees in Week One

NFL replacement referees, for the most part, we not awful Sunday. Other than giving the Seahawks an extra timeout in the final minute, and struggling mightily in the nationally-televised Packers/49ers game, there was little discernible difference between the scabs and the refs who are on strike. Mistakes happen.

If you’re under the assumption that once a deal is struck, the real refs will return and everything will be flawless, well, you’re wrong.

Here’s a troubling stat from Rick Gosselin of the Morning News. It is worth keeping an eye on next weekend:

Replacement refs seemed affected by crowd — calling 26 more penalties against the road teams (104) than the home teams (78) thus far.

I’d like to see a breakdown of road/home flags last season and compare them. Maybe there’s something here?

For physical (or penalty-prone) teams going on the road – I’m looking at you, Jets (at Pittsburgh), Lions (at 49ers), Saints (at Carolina) and Ravens (at Eagles), you’ve been warned.

Also, let’s speed things up next week, Zebras.

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