- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Every Thursday, we'll explore the New England Patriots' penalty breakdown in comparison with the team's next opponent, while adding a few league-wide stats.
Patriots' total penalties: 67
Patriots' total accepted penalties: 58 (fewest in NFL)
Ravens' total accepted penalties: 97 (tied for ninth most in NFL)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties: Patriots (Dolphins, with 59, have second fewest)
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Seahawks (112), Buccaneers (110), Rams (104), Broncos (103) and Texans (103) next on the list.
Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (12), false start (10), defensive holding (6), defensive pass interference (6).
Key stat: Patriots have had two games without a penalty this year and one game with just one.
Summary: One thing that stood out from an NFL perspective is that arguably the league's best team, the Seahawks, have the most penalties. The Broncos, who would be the AFC's top seed if the season ended today, are tied for the fourth-most with 103. So while the Patriots obviously prefer to be at the opposite end of the spectrum, the success of heavily-penalized teams like Seattle and Denver also can't be overlooked. ... The lone penalty called against the Patriots last Sunday in Miami was on linebacker Dane Fletcher for pass interference. It was Fletcher's first penalty of the season. ... The Dolphins had been the NFL's least penalized team entering the game, but the Patriots overtook them for the top spot.
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