In a recent appearance on FOX Sports 1, Pereira pointed to three occasions in the first three weeks when the NFL's own Zebras didn't know or understand some of the more arcane rules.
Bill Leavy's crew wrongly enforced offsetting penalties after Clay Matthews cheap shot on Colin Kaepernick in Week 1, and trumped that by giving Minnesota a 15-yard penalty instead of charging them with a timeout after Leslie Frazier -- a coach who also can't quite decipher the rules -- challenged a muff punt which was being reviewed automatically in Week 3.
Furthermore, refs in Nashville also wrongly wiped out a penalty for a chop block on the Tennessee Titans because they didn't realize chop block penalties could be called on quarterback runs.
Before you start cheering Pereira for his honesty, though, understand the game was speeding down the left lane of the wrong path when he was in charge from 2001 to 2010. The difference is he's now out of that clump of trees so he can actually see the wretched product he helped cultivate -- the forest itself.
Pereira now admits the NFL has so many rules that it's own officials can't keep up, using the size of the league's own voluminous rule book as a prop to make the case things should be streamlined with rules easier to understand and enforce.
"The question has to become, has this manifesto become a little bit too big and too confusing?" Pereira asked.
We are way past that question, Mike. The real query is how do we fix the issues you helped create?
Get off the soapbox and tackle that.
NFL POWER POLL
The Sports Network's updated NFL Power Poll, which ranks all 32 league teams, can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/2cjp9l8 WEEK 3
San Francisco (1-2) at St. Louis (1-2), Thursday, 8:25 p.m.
LINE: 49ers by 3
THE SKINNY: Last year, these two teams tied in their first meeting, which took place in San Francisco, and St. Louis won the rematch on an overtime field goal by Greg Zuerlein.
For whatever reason, the Rams tend to play better in divisional action (Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is 5-1-1 in his past seven starts against NFC West foes) and match up well with the more talented Niners. This may be an example where St. Louis was clearly looking past Dallas a week ago to this game.
"They're a good football team. Those were hotly contested battles and very competitive," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said when asked about last season's series between the two clubs. "It has been throughout our division and we anticipate the same going into this ballgame. We're looking forward to it. We know it's a big task and our guys are excited for it."
PREDICTION: Rams 20, 49ers 17
Baltimore (2-1) at Buffalo (1-2), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Ravens by 3 1/2
THE SKINNY: The Ravens actually looked like the Super Bowl champs in Week 3 against Houston and it will be tough for Bills rookie signal caller E.J. Manuel to figure out a tough Baltimore defense. Heady linebacker Daryl Smith has fit in nicely as a replacement for Ray Lewis in the middle and had a 37- yard interception return for a TD last week against the Texans, while star pass rusher Terrell Suggs has four sacks in four career games versus Buffalo. In his first two professional games in western New York, Manuel has completed 45- of-66 passes (68.2 percent) for 446 yards with three TDs and a solid 95.9 passer rating.
PREDICTION: Ravens 24, Bills 13
Cincinnati (2-1) at Cleveland (1-2), Sunday. 1 p.m.