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Calls and Effect: AFC East penalty tracker

11/14/2009

We've already hammered the Buffalo Bills enough this week about their proclivity for yellow flags.

Plenty has been written about their league-leading 51 flags and league-leading 44 accepted penalties and left tackle Demetrius Bell topping the NFL with eight calls all to his lonesome despite missing a game.

Let's mention something positive about the Bills' penalty count.

They have not committed defensive pass interference yet this year.

In fact, a third of the nine teams that haven't committed defensive pass interference are in the AFC East.

The New England Patriots and New York Jets haven't been called for it either.

Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen, however, has been found guilty a league-high three times for 55 yards. Officials have charged Tennessee Titans cornerback Nick Harper three times, but for only 14 yards.

To be fair, Allen's first two calls were for 2 and 4 yards, but the latter came on third down and extended a San Diego Chargers touchdown drive in Week 3. The call at the goal line while defending Jets receiver Braylon Edwards on Monday night was dubious, but it went for 49 yards. The Jets scored on the next play.

The 49-yard penalty alone is more than all but one other NFL player's season total. Dallas Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams has been flagged seven times for 51 yards. Allen also has been penalized 4 yards for illegal contact and 10 yards for a personal foul that went half the distance to the goal line to put him in the league lead for most yards assessed.

Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell also has a pass interference for 15 yards. Five other clubs have committed defensive pass interference four times, but the Dolphins' 70 yards match the Pittsburgh Steelers for most surrendered.