The NFL and NFL Referees Association tentatively reached an eight-year agreement about 48 hours after the worst call heard round the world. The Packers were robbed of a victory when a clear interception by defensive back M.D. Jennings was ruled simultaneous possession with Seattle WR Golden Tate and ruled Seahawks TD. Unless you’ve been hiding in a silo for the last two days, you’ve witnessed the outcry from the media and public. The owners had no choice but to reach an agreement. They’ve been lambasted as greedy and arrogant at a frenetic pace. Once the tentative deal was reached late last night, there was no hesitation to ensure the professional referees to work this weeks games.
Cleveland at Baltimore(-12) 8:20PM – Hopefully some level of normalcy for Week 4 as the regular referees return tonight in Baltimore. The 2-1 Ravens take on the 0-3 Browns tonight at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens are off a Sunday night roller coaster win against the Patriots Sunday night 31-30. The Ravens won the game on a last second 27-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. The kick was without controversy as the ball sailed directly over the right upright. Bill Belichick was fined $50K for gently grabbing the officials arm as he sought an explanation. The game was littered with “bad” calls as 24 penalties were accepted.
The Ravens played with heavy hearts after learning the younger brother of WR Torrey Smith lost his life Saturday night. Tevin Jones was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. He was just 19. Smith, not only played in the New England game, but was spectacular catching six balls for 127 yards and two touchdowns. It was truly an incredible and inspiring performance.
The Cleveland Browns remained winless for the season as they fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-14. QB Brandon Weeden hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in his first three games as a pro. He’ll need to protect the ball against the 27th ranked Baltimore defense. Rookie RB Trent Richardson has shown glimpses of stardom, but needs to find some consistency. Cleveland should be able to move the ball against this aging Baltimore defense.
The Baltimore Ravens played a very emotional game against the Patriots. The tragic death Torrey Smith’s was felt by the entire Raven organization. While the Browns have not done much, they’re desperate for win and will play hard. There’s just no way Baltimore has a full tank for this one. Baltimore prevails, but it will be a tight one.
Baltimore 23 Cleveland 17
The Baltimore Ravens have established a scholarship fund in honor of Tevin Jones. Donations should be mailed to:
c/o Torrey Smith
1 Winning Drive
Owings Mills, Md. 21117