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Broncos Vs. Falcons: Replacement Officials Not Getting It Done

There were lots of issues with the replacement officials in Monday night's game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. Overall, they slowed the game down with calls that had to be overturned by replay officials in the upstairs booth, three of which came in the first half.

On Monday, Mike Pereira, who used to be the league's top official and now works as an analyst for FoxSports, called for an end to the labor situation on SiriusXM NFL radio. He said that replacement officials are over-matched and obviously are not used to calling some of the downfield contact in the passing game.

It's not just downfield contact, though. Failure to make routine calls and maintain order within the game becomes more evident. There was a six-minute delay late in the first quarter after routine fumble, recovery and pile-up that resulted in Ray Edwards drawing a penalty for unnecessary roughness.

Read more on the Falcons at The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta.

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