After a shaky debut at the Hall of Fame Game last weekend, replacement referees will be under increased scrunity in the first weekend of preseason action.
With 3:50 remaining in the first quarter, Bills punter Brian Moorman hit a 49-yard punt that was down by Ruvell Martin at the 4-yard line. Back judge Craig Burd saw it differently, ruling the play a touchback.
The ball was marched to the 20 as the crowd in Orchard Park rained boos down on the field. The local Bills telecast captured Moorman screaming at a side judge.
Like the coin-flip snafu in Canton, these are the type of errors that simply can't happen if replacement refs are carried into Week 1. The NFL will be put in a very awkward position if embarrassing errors start to pile up.