Re: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to attend Detroit Lions game on Sunday
Seems the refs might be expecting to see questionable play from the Lions because of the image they've built and the media has ran with. I don't doubt that the refs may be influenced, perhaps even subconsciously. Regardless, it does appear the refs are watching the Lions more closely than their opponents.
There's a real possibility that Goodell might be coming to observe things for himself and possibly on request from the Lions' brass. It's one thing to be considered as a smash-mouth team that plays hard and another to be deemed a team that plays dirty with intention. No matter what, Goodell is going to get an opportunity to see for himself and come to his own conclusion first hand. If the Lions get numerous questionable calls against them, Goodell will be able to see the replays on the big screens just like everyone else in attendance. Him being there ultimately won't reflect on the outcome of this game, but from what he witnesses, he may be inclined to pass along some suggestions that could affect future games. I think it's a great thing that the commish is going to be there this week.
Now if the depleted Lions can just find a way to win this week... If they lose this one at home against Minny, we can stick a fork in their chances to make the playoffs.
I predict the Caldwell era will be different from the Schwartz era.