Penalty watch: Pats rank 7th

December, 22, 2011
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After the Patriots beat the Jets on Nov. 13, a game in which they overcame nine accepted penalties, they were on an alarming pace. At the time, they had totaled 61 accepted penalties through nine games, an average of 6.7 accepted penalties that was high for a Bill Belichick-coached team.

They have since been one of the NFL's least penalized teams. Check out this run of accepted penalties:

vs. Chiefs -- 3
at Eagles -- 3
vs. Colts -- 3
at Redskins -- 4
at Broncos -- 4

With 78 total accepted penalties this season, the Patriots currently rank seventh in terms of fewest accepted flags.

Furthermore, the Patriots are on a nice run when it comes to drawing holding penalties, with 14 in the last four games (Wes Welker, Tracy White, Aaron Hernandez and Kyle Love last Sunday in Denver).

A look at the updated penalty watch:

Totals
Logan Mankins -- 8
Rob Gronkowski -- 6
Tom Brady -- 5
Matt Light -- 5
Nate Solder -- 5
Patrick Chung -- 4
Brian Waters -- 4
Vince Wilfork -- 4
Kyle Arrington -- 3
Leigh Bodden -- 3
Sergio Brown -- 3
Devin McCourty -- 3
Deion Branch -- 2
Andre Carter -- 2
Julian Edelman -- 2
Dane Fletcher -- 2
Kyle Love -- 2
Chad Ochocinco -- 2
Brandon Spikes -- 2
Wes Welker -- 2
Phillip Adams -- 1
Mark Anderson -- 1
Dan Connolly -- 1
Jermaine Cunningham -- 1
Ras-I Dowling -- 1
Kevin Faulk -- 1
BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 1
Dan Gronkowski -- 1
Gary Guyton -- 1
Aaron Hernandez -- 1
James Ihedigbo -- 1
Sterling Moore -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Donald Thomas -- 1
Sebastian Vollmer -- 1
Ryan Wendell -- 1
TEAM -- 7**

Penalties
False start -- 17
Offensive holding -- 16
Defensive pass interference -- 8
Unnecessary roughness -- 5
Defensive holding -- 4
Delay of game -- 4
Illegal block above waist -- 4
Roughing the passer -- 4
12-men on the field (illegal substitution) -- 4
Illegal contact -- 3
Special teams holding -- 3
Unsportsmanlike conduct -- 3
Encroachment -- 2
Face mask -- 2
Intentional grounding -- 2
Offside (defense) -- 2
Chop block -- 1
Clipping -- 1
Illegal formation -- 1
Illegal motion -- 1
Illegal onside kick -- 1
Illegal shift -- 1
Illegal touching of a pass -- 1
Illegal use of hands -- 1
Offside (special teams) -- 1

Drawn holding penalties
Wes Welker -- 5
Albert Haynesworth -- 3
Brandon Deaderick -- 2
Dane Fletcher -- 2
Rob Gronkowski -- 2
Aaron Hernandez -- 2
Rob Ninkovich -- 2
Gerard Warren -- 2
Vince Wilfork -- 2
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Mark Anderson -- 1
Andre Carter -- 1
Julian Edelman -- 1
Kyle Love -- 1
Jerod Mayo -- 1
Matthew Slater -- 1
Tracy White -- 1
TEAM - 3*
* Special teams holding against the Jets' Patrick Turner was inconclusive on TV replay; Holding penalty on Chiefs safety Donald Washington was not shown on TV copy.
** Delay of game penalty on punt team vs. Colts was given to team instead of a specific player.
*** Sprecial teams holding penalty against the Redskins' Reed Doughty was inconclusive on TV replay


(Includes offsetting, declined and superseded penalties.)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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