Monday, November 13, 2006

Ref Watch Week 10: Tampa Bay Bucs and Carolina Panthers

Week 10 is coming to a close. Post comments on this game or the performance of the refs in any of this week's other games.

Tonight, Bill Vinovich is the referee for the Monday night game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers.

Through week 9 (not including this past weekend's games), Bill Vinovich averaged 13.2 accepted penalties per game (6th most out of 17 refs). Only 44% of the penalties were called against the visiting team (least of all 17 refs). The penalty yards assessed against the visiting team averaged 13.8 yards less than against the home team (least net of all 17 refs). But no reason for Carolina to worry, home teams have won 83% of the games that Bill Vinovich has called this season from games 1-9 (2nd most out of the 17 refs). If that pattern holds up, Carolina would be in great shape to win.

But wait, the players decide the games, not the refs, right?


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