Week 4 has arrived in the NFL and the replacement referee saga has finally come to an end. The NFL and the NFLRA finally agreed to a deal and the regular officials resumed work in Thursday night’s game. For the first time in their lives as an official, they received a standing ovation from the crowd. It came at a necessary time following Monday night, we saw arguably the worst officiating blunder in the history of the NFL.
The replacement refs ruled simultaneous possession in the endzone, which could have gone either way, but they also missed a blatant offensive pass interference on Golden Tate. It was a disaster for the NFL as thousands of calls were placed to the NFL offices. The end is finally here. The NFL has gained its integrity back. We will not see any of the nightmares that we saw in the first three weeks of the season. The replacements did not only make several questionable calls, but they did not know how to handle a lot of in-game situations such as breaking up altercations. NFL fans are more than happy to have the regular officials back. It’s safe to say the fans will not get on their cases like past years after seeing how awful the replacements were.
So what games will the referees be officiating this week? Here are the key week 4 matchups.
Giants-Eagles Sunday 8:20
The Giants are coming off a dominant win over the Panthers while the Eagles are coming off a bad loss to the Cardinals. The NFC East rivals battle in Philadelphia in a primetime Sunday night matchup. Both teams come into the game tied atop the NFC East standings at 2-1. Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to return for the Giants while Hakeem Nicks will not play. This should be the game of the week.
49ers-Jets Sunday 1:00
The 49ers are coming off a bad loss to the Vikings while the Jets escaped Miami with a win over the Dolphins. The problem is the Jets have lost the best cornerback in the league for the season, Darrelle Revis. Without Revis Sunday, the Jets are going to have a lot of problems on defense. Gang Green is going to have to see some offensive production this week against a great 49ers defense if they want any shot at winning this game at the Meadowlands.
Saints-Packers Sunday 4:25
The Saints are 0-3 to start the season and the Packers are coming off a loss where they were essentially robbed. It’s safe to say both teams are coming into their week 4 matchup with a lot to play for. The Saints look to avoid an 0-4 start while the Packers are trying to avoid a 1-3 start in a competitive NFC race this season. Look for Drew Brees to come out firing at Lambeau Field Sunday in a must win game for New Orleans.