Penalty watch: Flags not hurting Patriots

November, 7, 2013
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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: 48
Patriots' total accepted penalties: 41 (fifth-fewest on average/9 games)
Panthers' total accepted penalties: 41 (sixth-fewest on average/8 games)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties (on average): Colts, with 3.875 per game
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Jets, with 8.44 per game
Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (10) and false start (9)
Key stat: Seven special teams penalties in the last three games, to go along with some coverage struggles.
Most penalized Patriots: G Logan Mankins (6), CB Kyle Arrington (3), G Marcus Cannon (3), WR Julian Edelman (3), DE Chandler Jones (3), LT Nate Solder (3)

Summary: Bill Belichick has to be generally pleased with where the Patriots rank in terms of penalties, as only four teams have had fewer of them. This reflects a well-coached team playing with discipline more often than not. ... Mankins, the left guard, was penalized twice on Sunday, for clipping and a false start; he has been penalized twice the amount of any other Patriot. ... A look ahead to the team's next opponent, the Panthers on Nov. 18, shows that they also are not being hurt consistently by penalties.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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