Aug 09, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after the game against the Chicago Bears after the game at Soldier Field. Denver defeats Chicago 31-3. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Full Coverage Of Thursday's NFL Preseason Games

The NFL preseason started last week with the Hall of Fame game but six more games took place on Thursday night, including the debut of RGIII in Washington and Peyton Manning in Denver.

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That's Enough, Replacement Refs

This is the same ref that mixed up Atlanta and Arizona ... twice. Now there's this.

They forgot to set the first down marker. And because they forgot to set the chains, the ref had to come out and say "the first down chains were not set prior to the snap so we shut the play down prior to the snap." That was a real sentence uttered over the microphone from the department of redundancy department.

Dear NFL, please settle with your referees. I never thought I'd say this, but please bring the regular refs back.

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That's Not Arizona, Ref (Again)

Mix Arizona and Atlanta up once, shame on you. Mix Arizona and Atlanta up twice and ... you know what, just get out. You're done here. You can hit the showers for the rest of the night.

Well, this was just horrible. Again, the same ref stumbled and bumbled through a challenge explanation. And again he mixed up Arizona and Atlanta. At least this time he caught himself, I guess.

In all seriousness, this whole replacement ref thing is horrible. Sure, this is probably a minor slip. But it's embarrassing. And as refs fumble around, stumble through calls and just plain make the wrong calls, patience is growing thin.

If we have to go through this during the regular season, there's going to be problems. Preseason ref issues? Whatever, maybe they're working out some of the issues. But considering the start many of these replacement refs are off to, things aren't looking so good right now.

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Dream Team!

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I'm kidding Eagles fans. It's just a funny GIF.

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Replacement Refs Are Confusing Cities Now

How well are the replacement refs doing? Not so well. Not so well at all, in fact.

During a matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons, a replacement ref reviewed a play. After stumbling through the ruling, he said "Arizona will not be charged a timeout." This was, technically, true. The Cardinals were not charged a timeout ... because they weren't playing in the game.

Arizona played last Sunday against the Saints. The Cardinals play again tomorrow night in Kansas City. I just ... man it's going to be a long season.

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Byron Leftwich Is Playing Football

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This has been a Byron Leftwich update.

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