Pretty much everyone involved with the NFL is relieved that the regular officials will be back this week. That includes Viking players, who may have been one of the biggest beneficiaries of high profile blunders by replacement officials this weekend. Both the Packers and the Lions were on the receiving end of bad calls that helped the Vikings vault past them in the standings, but players were happy the whole ordeal appears to be behind them. According to Mark Craig of the Star Tribune:
"I'm sure a lot of people will be happy," running back Adrian Peterson said in a conference call to reporters in Detroit, where the Vikings play the Lions on Sunday. "And I'll be one of those guys, too."
The Vikings overcame mistakes by the replacement officials in their win over the 49ers, where San Francisco was granted an extra challenge and timeout. Despite the mistakes, players were quick to acknowledge that the replacements had a nearly impossible job.
"That was a tough situation," Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield said. "I'm just glad it wasn't us [who lost because of a blown call]."