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WALT ANDERSON FACTS

This week’s referee is Walt Anderson, whose last Cowboys game was last year’s Week 17 finale in Washington for the NFC East title. Anderson has been a referee since 2003, and the Sugar Land, Texas native refereed Super Bowl XLV. Anderson has refereed 12 Cowboys games in his career. Dallas is 4-8 with a 1-2 record against the Redskins. Here are the results:

2005 – @NYG, 10-17 – L

2006 – TB, 38-10 – W

2006 – @SEA, 20-21 – L

2007 – Rams, 35-7 – W

2007 – WAS, 28-23 – W

2008 – WAS, 24-26 – L

2008 – NYG, 20-8 – W

2009 – @DEN, 10-17 – L

2009 – @MIN, 3-34 – L

2011 – @NYG, 31-14 – L

2012 – CHI, 34-18 – L

2012 – @WAS, 18-28 – L

 

Dec 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is help to his feet by referee Walt Anderson during the first half against the Washington Redskins at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have won the penalty battle 5/12 times with Walt Anderson:

2005 – NYG: 6/44; DAL: 7/46

2006 – TB: 5/55; DAL: 2/19

2006 – SEA: 3/15; DAL: 8/74

2007 – Rams: 7/50; DAL: 2/10

2007 – WAS: 3/71; DAL: 7/58

2008 – WAS: 5/30; DAL: 3/15

2008 – NYG: 7/40; DAL: 11/108

2009 – DEN: 7/70; DAL: 10/81

2009 – MIN: 8/50; DAL: 2/10

2011 – NYG: 3/28; DAL: 7/43

2012 – CHI: 4/25; DAL: 2/10

2012 – WAS: 1/6; DAL: 2/20

 

Walt Anderson’s .500 home team winning percentage for through 5 games of 2013 ties him for third-worst with Gene Steratore and Scott Green among NFL referees. Here’s the complete list from 2013:

Tony Corrente: .800
John Parry: .800
Jerome Boger: .800
Bill Vinovich: .800
Ed Hochuli: .750
Carl Cheffers: .750
Clete Blakeman: .750
Ron Winter: .750
Mike Carey: .750
Pete Morelli: .600
Walt Coleman: .600
Jeff Triplette: .600
Scott Green: .500
Gene Steratore: .500
Walt Anderson: .500
Terry McAulay: .250
Bill Leavy: .250
However, home teams have won the penalty battle 3/4 times under Walt Anderson, which ranks him near the top of the league through 5 games in 2013:

John Parry: .800

Pete Morelli: .800

Bill Vinovich: .800

Walt Anderson: .750

Mike Carey: .750

Jeff Triplette: .600

Tony Corrente: .600

Scott Green: .500

Ed Hochuli: .500

Gene Steratore: .500

Bill Leavy: .400

Walt Coleman: .400

Jerome Boger: .400

Terry McAulay: .250

Ron Winter: .250

Clete Blakeman: .000

 

Walt Anderson is one of three NFL referees to have a doctorate degree. Clete Blakeman and Ed Hochuli both have Juris Doctor degrees while Anderson has a Doctorate of Dentistry.

In addition to refereeing NFL games, Anderson is also the Coordinator of Officials for the Big XII.

Walt Anderson was also witness to history as a line judge on 10/27/02 as Emmitt Smith surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.

In division games since taking over as referee in 2003, the home team is 31-23. The home team has won the penalty battle 24/54 times. There has only been one tie: Atlanta versus Carolina on 12/11/11 when both teams had 5 penalties for 50 yards.

Since becoming an NFL referee in 2003, Walt Anderson has officiated 54 divisional games. Here’s the breakdown by division:

AFC East: 10

NFC East: 8

NFC South: 8

NFC North: 7

AFC North: 7

AFC South: 6

AFC West: 5

NFC West: 3

 

The most common NFC East matchup Anderson has refereed has been a tie between Redskins-Cowboys and Cowboys-Giants at three games each. The other games Anderson has refereed have been Eagles-Redskins and Giants-Redskins.

In NFC East games, the home team is 6-2 when Walt Anderson referees.

Walt Anderson refereed the first ever NBC Sunday Night Football game, the first ever Manning Bowl on 9/10/06.

Walt Anderson also refereed the second game on NBC Sports’ 2006 NFL Wildcard coverage, the network’s first playoff games since Super Bowl XXXII.

Since 2006, the maiden season of NBC Sunday Night Football, Walt Anderson has officiated 10 games, including kickoff specials and playoff games. From 2003-05, when ABC Monday Night Football was the league’s weekly premier game, he only officiated two contests.

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