Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Saints

October, 10, 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: 27
Total accepted penalties: 22 (6th fewest)
Saints' total accepted penalties: 23 (7th fewest)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties (on average): Colts, with 3.4 per game
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Jets, with 10 per game
Most frequent Patriots penalty: False start (6)
Key stat: The Patriots didn't have a penalty in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, the first time that's happened for them since Nov. 30, 2009.
Most penalized Patriot: CB Kyle Arrington, G/OT Marcus Cannon, G Dan Connolly, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DE Chandler Jones, G Logan Mankins, LT Nate Solder, tied with 2

SUMMARY:While disappointed with the team's 13-6 loss to the Bengals, coach Bill Belichick pointed to a game played without a penalty as a positive. During his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI on Monday, he said: "Football is obviously a game where you have to make a lot of quick decisions in a small amount of time, and sometimes things happen, guys get in situations and they get called for it. Those penalties are sometimes unavoidable, they’re bang-bang calls. There are other penalties that are due to lack of concentration and we certainly try to prevent all those we can. I understand some penalties are part of the game, but we try to incur as few as possible. The no-penalty situation was one of the things we did well." ... Tony Corrente is assigned to referee Sunday's game between the Patriots and Saints.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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