Despite the fact the league's chosen officials have looked like the Keystone Kops this preseason, the NFL has decided to use replacement referees in Week 1. Wednesday night's Giants-Patriots game didn't do much to instill confidence, as the replacements spent several minutes trying to get a call right, causing Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin (neither known for being particularly understanding individuals anyway) to fume on the sidelines. Is this a preview of the carnage the replacements will cause in the regular season?


Is the NFL's product being harmed?

It's often said that referees are doing a good job when you don't notice them, but it's been impossible not to notice the replacements during this preseason.

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How much does the use of replacement referees take away from your enjoyment of watching NFL football?

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    14%
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    41%
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    45%

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Week 1 impact?

Every game counts in the NFL's relatively short regular season, and even one week of the replacements could affect division races.

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How much of an impact will replacement referees have on Week 1 games?

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    50%
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    8%
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    42%

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Season predictions?

Ed Hochuli once made a call that arguably changed the outcome of a game, but it was notable because of how rarely something like that happens.

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Do you expect an incorrect call by a replacement ref to decide a game this year?

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    83%
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    17%

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