Matchups between teams featuring top quarterbacks aren't always main events, of course. The NFL has increasingly become a game of high-stakes power plays off the field: the lockout, the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, concussion lawsuits and even officiating.
The ongoing power play between the NFL and its regular officials has vaulted longtime referee Ed Hochuli onto the MVP Watch list. Consider it a protest vote after replacement officials upstaged recent prime-time games featuring Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and the Seattle Seahawks' swarming defense. Hochuli is no longer president of the NFL Referees Association. Scott Green has that distinction at present. Few would recognize Green if we ran his mug shot, so Hochuli gets the call. He's one replacement fans wouldn't mind seeing again.