The regular refs parachuted in after the resolution of the labor dispute -- got a nice ovation when they took the field at M&T; Bank Stadium -- and did something we haven't seen in awhile.
They took control of the game.
That was Job One. Sure, they threw their share of flags and even dropped a costly unsportsmanlike penalty on the Browns bench late in the game. There was even a point in the second quarter when the brief honeymoon with the fans ended and they got booed after a call that went to the detriment of the Ravens.
No doubt, there will still be some shaky officiating as the crews get re-acclimated to the game, but assuring that there would not be a third straight nationally televised officiating disaster was a nice start to the rest of the season.