Andy has a theory about NFL officiating. And once you hear it, I think it becomes hard to watch games without thinking it is true.
He says NFL refs are like Leslie Nielsen as the umpire in Naked Gun: They make calls that will generate applause from the home crowds. Someone who has more time than I do should look it up. Do home teams get more calls than away teams? I would guess that they do.
So far? The Packers have been penalized 9-66 yards. The Broncos, 5-28. Several of the calls on the Packers have been legitimate. It’s possible the refs just called the wrong number, but when I looked again at the Johnny Jolly 15-yard face mask in the first half (ESPN did not show a replay, thanks TIVO) I didn’t see anything at all. If anything, it looked to me like Jolly was tackled on the play.
Nothing yet like the two touchdowns taken away from the Packers on B.S. calls in the Redskins game.