Rams coach Scott Linehan won a replay challenge but probably lost three points Sunday (assuming he would have opted for a field goal on fourth-and-6 had he lost the challenge). Linehan's decision to throw a fourth-and-1 pass, which fell incomplete, made him an easy target when the Rams lost the game by two points.
At least Linehan seems know which plays to challenge. He is one of eight NFL coaches to win at least half of his challenges this season. Every coach in the league has challenged at least one call this season. Oakland's Art Shell is 0-5. Arizona's Dennis Green has only one reversal in six challenges. Desperate teams sometimes make desperate challenges. Denver's Mike Shanahan, Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis and Kansas City's Herm Edwards are the only coaches with at least three successful challenges.
Coaches posted a 3-17 record in replay challenges in Week 10, the worst week for coaches this season. Referee Walt Coleman went 3-0 in the 49ers-Lions game, including 2-0 against Lions coach Rod Marinelli.
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Ref-by-ref overview with league-high numbers shaded in pink
Ref-by-ref assessed penalties, home teams vs. road teams
This chart shows which refs have assessed more penalties against road teams. It makes sense that road teams would commit more penalties than home teams. They're playing in louder stadiums under all the circumstances that go along with being on the road. False-start penalties should affect road teams disproportionately, but some teams actually commit more of them at home.