Thursday, December 12, 2013
Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Dolphins
By Mike Reiss
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: 66
Patriots' total accepted penalties: 57 (tied for second-fewest)
Dolphins' total accepted penalties: 55 (fewest in the NFL)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties: Dolphins (having overtaken the Colts this past week)
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Buccaneers, with 106. Seahawks (104) and Rams (100) next on the list.
Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (12), false start (10), defensive holding (6).
Key stat: Cornerback Aqib Talib was penalized three times Sunday, moving him into a tie for most-penalized Patriot.
Most penalized Patriots: G Logan Mankins (7), CB Aqib Talib (7); CB Kyle Arrington (3), G Marcus Cannon (3), G Dan Connolly (3) WR Julian Edelman (3), DE Chandler Jones (3), LT Nate Solder (3).
Summary: Tony Corrente is assigned to referee Sunday's game between the Patriots and Dolphins. His crew previously worked the Patriots-Saints game on Oct. 13. If the league-wide stats stay true to form, there shouldn't be a lot of penalties between the teams. ... Tom Brady's intentional grounding penalty marked his first this season. He technically has two penalties this year, as a delay-of-game is "credited" to him. ... The Patriots have two 12-men-on-the-field penalties this year, the latest coming Sunday against the Browns. Those are "credited" as a team penalty, not to an individual player. Likewise for an illegal shift in the second quarter.