Officials breakdown: Bill Vinovich

IRVING, Texas -- Bill Vinovich will be the referee in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

The Cowboys saw Vinovich in Week 14 last year against the Cincinnati Bengals, which also happened to be the last time they won back-to-back road games. The Cowboys had six penalties for 49 yards that day and the Bengals had eight for 70 yards. Some of you might remember the unsportsmanlike penalty then defensive coordinator Rob Ryan got when he had words for Bengals tackle Andre Smith.

Last week Vinovich worked the St. Louis Rams-Carolina Panthers game and called 15 penalties for 127 yards. The Rams were penalized eight times for 68 yards and the Panthers had seven flags for 59 yards. It was a chippy contest with a disqualification and four personal foul penalties.

The breakdown:

Tripping – 1

Offside – 1

Defensive holding – 2

Encroachment – 1

Disqualification – 1

Personal foul – 4

Offensive holding – 1

Illegal contact – 1

Roughing the passer – 1

False start – 2

Quarter by quarter:

First – 0

Second – 2

Third – 6

Fourth – 5