The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams will enjoy a week without a controversial NFL referee, at least in terms of interactions between the teams. This week, FootballZebras.com revealed John Parry would be the referee for Lions vs. Rams on Sunday at Ford Field, and Parry will get a Lions game for the second time in as many seasons, and the results are alright for Lions fans all things considered given the success they have had with him on the call in the past before.
For Detroit, seeing Parry is actually good news. Parry hasn’t had any notable run-ins with the team in the past, and as a whole since 2011, the team is 6-0 in games he officiates. The most recent game that Parry and his staff called for Detroit came as Detroit blew the New York Giants out on Monday Night Football in 2017. Before that, the last time Parry came calling was on Thanksgiving of 2015, as the Lions blew out the Philadelphia Eagles. For Los Angeles, Parry called the team’s win over the New Orleans Saints last season.
With this news, the Lions should be pretty happy to see Parry. As a whole, the team has been one of the more disciplined squads in the league, and the fact that they are undefeated with him recently will make them feel good coming off a tough loss. Getting a win in this one would be a big deal for the Lions late in this season.
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The Lions bounced back with a big win over the Carolina Panthers but struggled against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving, a team they were already handled by a few weeks back. This week, things don’t get any easier, as the Lions stay at home to tangle with the high-flying Rams, who are rolling and one of the NFC’s true behemoths this season. It’s not going to be easy taking on a first place team with tons of weaponry, but the Lions have a shot to keep their season going in the right direction and claw back into the race with a win.
The Rams, meanwhile, will be looking to keep their hold on the NFC West division given they have raced out to the lead and look pretty unstoppable. Certainly, everyone else would like to see the Lions catch them overlooking a 4-7 team, allowing things to come back to the field a bit, which thus far hasn’t been the case in the division or even in the NFC as a whole.
We’ll see what type of role Parry will play in this one when all is said and done, but if recent history is a guide, neither team should be particularly frustrated to see him get the call.