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September 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Referee for Seahawks-Broncos game is Bill Vinovich

According to FootballZebras.com, the referee for Sunday’s Seahawks-Broncos game is Bill Vinovich.

Vinovich was a ref from 2004-06 before a heart issue sidelined him until 2012, when  he again became a referee.

Here is his ProFootballReference page, which shows he has refereed three Seahawks game since 2012 — all big Seattle wins.

Vinovich’s crew did Seattle’s 42-13 home win over the 49ers in 2012 and the 45-17 win at home against Jacksonville and the 33-10 win at Atlanta last season. So, that’s Seattle 120, opponents 40 in the three Seahawks’ games that Vinovich’s crew has handled the last two years.

Vinovich’s crew last year was near the bottom in penalties called per game.

After ranking at the top of the NFL last year in penalties per game at 7.9, Seattle has gotten off to a decent start with 12 called in the first two games. However, that includes eight called against the Chargers, all of which seemed to come at pretty critical times. Two gave San Diego first downs — a holding call on Malcolm Smith that negated a Bobby Wagner sack, and the personal foul on Bruce Irvin for pushing Philip Rivers when he was out of bounds (and for which Irvin said on ESPN 710 Seattle Wednesday he got fined $8,200).

Seattle, though, has yet to have a penalty called against its secondary, something that may come as a surprise given all of the preseason talk that there would be an emphasis on calling defensive pass interference and illegal contact (Seattle’s one pass interference penalty came against Wagner in the Green Bay game).

 

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