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September 25, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Kevin Seifert

Kevin Seifert
  (2:00 PM)

Hi there. Let's start this thing up. A few things to talk about, 'eh? As a reminder, we'll be cutting this off around 2:45 today.

D "Fan" (Louisisana)

Does Comm. "God"ell watch the product that has the ultimate charge of protecting, the "shield "?! Integrity is far more valuable than money...Get a deal done ASAP!!!!

Kevin Seifert
  (2:01 PM)

I honestly don't know if the league sees it that way. The integrity of the game has been in question for weeks now and nothing has happened.

Greg (Detroit)

Hey, Packers, you ain't special. THE REFS GAVE THE TITANS 12 FREE YDS IN OVERTIME BY SPOTTING THE BALL FROM THE WRONG 44 YD LINE!!!!

Kevin Seifert
  (2:02 PM)

Yes they did. And to me that's part of the point. Packers-Seahawks is not the only game to be impacted by replacement officials. The only difference is it was impacted on the final, game-deciding play. This has been an epidemic, not a case of one or two bad situations.

Greg (MI)

Hey, Packers, life ain't fair.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:03 PM)

In the end, that's what this drama will come down to, and we'll all move on.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Did you think that the Last Play of the Packers/Seahawks game was Pass Interference against #81 Golden Tate instead of a Touchdown?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:03 PM)

Yes, and so did the NFL. Blatant push. But players have learned they can get away with more under these officials.

Bill (Toronto)

As a Packer fan, I am surprise at the lack of play time rb Alex Green has received. Are the Packers going to start utilizing him more, or is he strictly a backup expected to learn from the sidelines?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:06 PM)

Frankly, they haven't run the ball enough to need a second guy. Benson is a player who gets better with more carries.

Ross Zibby [via mobile]

Is stafford's shoulder hurt? He doesn't seem to be throwing right.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:07 PM)

I'm not aware of a shoulder injury. Clearly he entered the Titans game with a leg muscle injury. Not sure if that impacted his mechanics. Their whole offense has looked a little out of whack.

Tom (Chicago)

Kevin- Jay Cutler in his last 13 games- 7 games with a QBR under 80. 6 games with a QBR over 90. After six years- he is what he is- streaky. Granted- he needs more o-line help- but he had the same pattern of ups and downs when he had Ryan Clady. He won't be joining the discussion of elite NFL QB's anytime soon. Agree or disagree?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:08 PM)

He will if he goes on an extended streak of good play.

dott virginia beach va [via mobile]

What impact do you see j.simpson have on the passing game for the vikes? and do you see j.wright playin an impact on the game at all? last when will have mercy percy get paid!

Kevin Seifert
  (2:09 PM)

They'll use Simpson occasionally downfield, but I wouldn't expect their entire offense to change just because of his return. He's not that kind of player. As for Wright, he'll need to win one of the return jobs to get on the field anytime soon, I would think. Percy will get paid eventually.

Chris (Lawton, OK)

My simple question: why didn't we run the danm football?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:10 PM)

Assume you mean the Packers? Big mistake by McCarthy, who owned up to it immediately after the game.

Ed Langley (Phoenix)

Boycott the NFL. Stay home. Have a cookout instead of turning on the tv. The NFL's language is the $ sign

Kevin Seifert
  (2:11 PM)

In the end, I don't see enough people actually doing this to make a difference. Maybe I'm wrong.

chazz (montucky)

the Bears O was suppose to be this great force why are they playing so poorly?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:12 PM)

Pass protection was a big issue versus Bears, but it just looks like Cutler isn't completely settled in the new scheme yet. Surprising, considering it's not that different than the past two years, but it seems to be the case.

chazz (montucky)

I feel that it is safe to say the Vikings can beat the Lions would you agree? I look at the Lions and they just seem to be struggling and it makes me feel that they bover performed last season.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:14 PM)

It's one thing to slow down the 49ers pass offense. But can the Vikings do it to the Lions' offense? We'll find out how far they've come.

Phill (Minneapolis)

Can ESPN please provide objective reporting on the lockout (other than Andrew Brandt). All you ever hear is it is the NFL/Roger Goodell's fault. Refs have a steep asking price as well. Stop pushing the ESPN theme of 'it's all the NFL's fault'. Same story, different lockout.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:16 PM)

I most certainly have not taken that stance. I've said it takes two to tango in any labor impasse. What I've said is the NFL is to blame for the quality of the contingency plan. The league has tried to pull off something that clearly couldn't be done. That's not the same as saying the NFL is to blame for everything here.

Bill (Chicago)

Kevin, the NFL's statement is an attempt to confuse. Legal possession, ie control of the ball and 2 feet down, is not relevant to the simulteneous rule. That rule says that it is not a simulteneous if one players gains control first. Control is not the same thing as legal possession. The League is trying to widen the window in which Tate could have established simulteneous control by bringing in the possession rule.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:18 PM)

And it also didn't address whether it agreed with the simultaneous ruling or not -- only that it agreed with decision not to overturn.

Jon (Iowa)

Will anything happen about the blatent cheap shot on Greg Jennings? No one seems to be mentioning it...

Kevin Seifert
  (2:18 PM)

The NFL usually addresses those situations at the end of the week in terms of fines.

Jason (Texas)

Are the Seahawks that good on defense or is the Packers' offense that atrocious right now?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:19 PM)

The Packers didn't match up well in the beginning and were stubborn about making adjustments. But the Seahawks have an excellent pass rush and their secondary is pretty physical as well.

C. Ponder (EP)

Can I keep up this recent string of effecient, relatively mistake free football?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:20 PM)

As long as you don't get greedy, sure. It'll be interesting to see if the Lions' defensive line can make it more difficult for you than the 49ers' did.

Pete (Work)

People will continue to watch football and this controversy will make more people watch. Things happen but what I am surprised the league isn't concerned about is player safety with these replacement refs. Is somsone going to have to get really hurt for it to be addressed?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:21 PM)

You would think if they were worried about that, they wouldn't wait for it to happen.

Matt (DC)

Sportsbook.ag is refunding bettor's wagers on the Packers due to the unfair call. It's a sad day when a gambling website has more integrity than the NFL.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:21 PM)

Ouch!

Lovie (Lake Forest)

Is it to early to give Tim Jennings Defensive player of the year award?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:22 PM)

Yes, but he has been the Bears' best player -- offense or defense -- this season, I think.

Dennis Erickson (The Couch)

Packers fans stop crying. I missed the playoffs and got fired from Seattle because the good refs blew the call and gave Testaverde the GW touchdown?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:23 PM)

But at least you could walk out of there knowing you had been jobbed by the best officials the NFL could put on the field. The Packers couldn't say that.

jnyb (U.P.)

I know the potential is there, but in your opinion will the Vikes be relevant this year or lack consistency?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:24 PM)

Tough to say off one game. They were shaky in the first two. But sometimes, as one of the players said, you just need one game to capture the swag to take you through the rest of the season. Or something like that. In the end, though, I still think they're a year away.

Bryant (Milwaukee)

Do you have a feeling on the Packer's players taking to Twitter? They should of known that the national media was going to hash out the blatant mistakes. One quick tweet would be enough to get their point across, it just seemed to go on to long for me.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:24 PM)

Reflected how angry they were. Maybe better to tweet it then offer longer statements in TV and print interviews.

Andrew (WI)

According to Peter King's column today, simultaneous possesion in the end zone IS reviewable, it's when it's outside the end zone that it isn't. Even the NFL offices can't get its rules right now.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:25 PM)

That is correct.

Lewis (Michigan)

Last night's bad call was atrocious, but how long before a brawl takes place on the field? The refs it seems are losing control of the players at times?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:25 PM)

I agree, things have gotten worse rather than better.

Jason (Texas)

Talk about "Dirty Laundry"... It might be a good thing you aren't doing that post anymore. You would have to write a book to get to all the bad calls that happened this weekend.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:26 PM)

It's half my blog ... and we will do it, just not weekly on Wednesdays... It could be every day!

Cris (Rockford)

How do you see fines playing out, vis-a-vis the twitterverse? Seems a good deal of people should be getting them this week.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:28 PM)

How bad would the league look if the only people disciplined out of this debacle were players who tweeted profanity? Wait, don't answer that....

Hugo (Lincolnwood)

Please explain how replacement refs affect player safety?? Real answer is they don't

Kevin Seifert
  (2:30 PM)

Officials are supposed to be the first line of defense in concussions and protecting quarterbacks. If they're substandard in other duties, wouldn't it be fair to assume they might fall short there, too?

Alex (MN)

Isn't there a HUGE elephant in the room? Take away the Bears game late last year, Aaron Rodger's has been a very average QB in his past 6 starts...

Kevin Seifert
  (2:31 PM)

It's been talked about, I thought...

Kevin Seifert
  (2:31 PM)

Ok everyone, I've actually got to check out and listen to Aaron Rodgers' radio show over at ESPN 540 in Milwaukee. ESPNMilwaukee.com. I think it is worth your time.