Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Buccaneers

September, 19, 2013
(Every Thursday leading off the day, we'll explore the New England Patriots' penalty breakdown in comparison with the team's opponent, while adding a few league-wide stats.)

Total penalties: 8
Total accepted penalties: 7 (tied for 2nd-fewest)
Buccaneers' total accepted penalties: 23 (tied for most)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties: Colts, with 6
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Buccaneers/49ers, with 23
Most frequent Patriots penalty: False start (3)
Key stat: 5 of the Patriots' 8 penalties have been against offensive linemen
Most penalized Patriot: Left tackle Nate Solder (2)

SUMMARY: Sunday's game between the visiting Buccaneers and Patriots pits the NFL's most-penalized team against one of the league's least-penalized teams. Overall, Bill Belichick has to be pleased with the Patriots' limiting penalties, especially on special teams. Jeff Triplette is assigned as referee Sunday.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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