Thursday, November 1, 2012
Penalty watch: Hello encroachment
By Mike Reiss
Through the first seven games of the season, the Patriots had been penalized for encroachment once. In Sunday's 45-7 win over the Rams, they were flagged three times for encroachment.
The tone was set on the first play when defensive lineman Vince Wilfork jumped across the line before the snap to get the flag. Rookie defensive ends Chandler Jones and Jake Bequette also were penalized for encroachment in the second half.
It was a rare blip on the radar for the Patriots, but one that still figures to be addressed by the coaching staff.
The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):
Vince Wilfork prefers to keep things friendly with the officials, but he's been flagged three times so far this year.