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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Steelers

By Mike Reiss

Every Thursday, we'll explore the New England Patriots' penalty breakdown in comparison with the team's opponent, while adding a few league-wide stats.

Patriots' total penalties: 45
Patriots' total accepted penalties: 38 (fifth-fewest on average/8 games)
Steelers' total accepted penalties: 34 (sixth-fewest on average/7 games)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties (on average): Colts, with 4.0 per game
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Jets, with 8.5 per game
Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (10) and false start (8)
Key stat: One week after being penalized three times on special teams, were penalized three more times on special teams on Sunday's win over the Dolphins
Most penalized Patriots: G Logan Mankins (4), CB Kyle Arrington (3), G Marcus Cannon (3), WR Julian Edelman (3), DE Chandler Jones (3), LT Nate Solder (3)

Summary: The increasing number of penalties on special teams has surely been addressed by the coaching staff, although the Patriots remain one of the NFL's least-penalized teams. This reflects a well-coached club. ... Walt Coleman is the referee assigned to Sunday's game.