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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Penalty watch: Gronk & Spikes lead

By Mike Reiss

After being penalized four times in the season-opener, the Patriots were called for eight penalties in last Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. The sloppiness reflected what was an inconsistent performance.

The Patriots weren't called for an offensive or special teams penalty in the season opener, but they made up for that with a flag-filled effort in those areas.

The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Penalty count
Rob Gronkowski -- 2
Brandon Spikes -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 1
Marquice Cole -- 1
Ras-I Dowling -- 1
Steve Gregory -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Jerod Mayo -- 1
Donald Thomas -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1

Most called penalties
Defensive pass interference -- 2
False start -- 1
Defensive holding -- 1
Encroachment -- 1
Offensive holding -- 1
Offside -- 1
Personal foul -- 1
Roughing the passer -- 1
Special teams false start -- 1
Special teams illegal formation -- 1
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 1

Drawn holding penalties
Kyle Arrington (special teams/KO coverage)-- 1
Jermaine Cunningham -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Devin McCourty (special teams/KO coverage) -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1