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A look at Sunday's Bengals-Lions referee, Scott Green
This week's referee is Scott Green. This marks the seventh Bengals game where Green has been the referee. The most recent one was Week 9 last season when the Bengals hosted the Broncos.
Green's crew had the Niners-Cardinals game last week. That crew called 16 penalties with three declined. Of the 13 accepted penalties, 10 were on San Francisco and three on Arizona. The breakdown -- False start 3, Offensive holding 2 (1 was declined), Neutral Zone Infraction 2 (1 was declined), Defensive pass interference 2, Defensive holding 2 (1 was declined), Defense offside 1, Roughing the passer 1, Illegal block above the waist 1, 12 Men on field 1, Delay of game 1 . Breakdown by quarters -- First 0, Second 7, Third 2, Fourth 7.
Green's crew has called only five games, but they are tied for fourth in the league with 85 penalties called. The 72 accepted are tied for fifth with the 122 yards per game third. Green's crew has called 10 pass interference penalties, which is tied for third in the league. For those wondering about holding, the combined 19 offense and defense flags are fourth most.
The Bengals have been called for 40 penalties which is tied for 13th in the league. However the 373 yards in penalties are eighth. There have been 12 offensive holding calls, which is seventh in the league. With Green's crew having a penchant for pass interference calls, they have only two (one offensive, one defensive) which is tied for least in the league. With the three penalties last week at Buffalo, Vontaze Burfict is tied for second in the league with six penalties along with Kansas City OT Brandon Albert and Jets OG Willie Colon. Jacksonville's Jason Babin leads with seven. Burfict's 63 yards penalized is seventh. Jermaine Gresham's four penalties are tied for the league lead among tight ends.
For Detroit, their 45 penalties are sixth and 400 yards fifth. Their six defensive pass interference penalties are ninth and five defensive offside calls 10th. Lions CB Bill Bentley is tied for second in the league with 69 penalty yards. Ndamukong Suh's four penalties are second among NFL defensive tackles and Nick Fairley's three are tied for third.