Thursday, November 15, 2012
Penalty watch: Spikes into top spot
By Mike Reiss
In updating this week's "penalty watch," a few things stand out:
1. Linebacker Brandon Spikes, with six penalties (including declined), leads the team. Spikes picked up two on Sunday -- roughing the passer and encroachment.
2. As for the encroachment penalty, the Patriots have has six of them over their last two games (3 vs. Rams, 3 vs. Bills). More mental toughness is required from those players, as the penalty is a result of a lack of focus more than anything.
3. In the "drawn holding penalties" category, the Patriots' top three players all added to their total on Sunday -- Jermaine Cunningham, Chandler Jones and Vince Wilfork.
The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):
Brandon Spikes was flagged for roughing Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.