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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Penalty watch: Hochuli gets the call

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: 77
Patriots' total accepted penalties: 65 (tied for second fewest in NFL)
Bills' total accepted penalties: 104 (tied for eighth most in NFL)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties: Colts (64), Patriots (65), Dolphins (65), Vikings (66), Panthers (76).
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Seahawks (121), Raiders (114), Buccaneers (113), Broncos (111), Rams (111).
Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (15), false start (12), defensive pass interference (8), defensive holding (6), illegal shift (5).
Key stat: The Patriots were the NFL's least penalized team entering Week 16 action, but after being flagged for 10 total penalties (7 accepted), they slipped one spot.
Most penalized Patriots: CB Aqib Talib (8), G Logan Mankins (7), G Marcus Cannon (5), C Ryan Wendell (4)

Summary: Ed Hochuli has been assigned to Sunday's Patriots-Bills game. This will be the first Patriots game this season for Hochuli. With temperatures expected to be in the low- to mid-40s, and with a chance of rain, we'll put the odds of Hochuli wearing short-sleeves at 25 percent. ... Talib's third-quarter pass interference penalty against the Ravens moved him into the team lead for most penalties this season, passing Mankins. ... Of the Patriots' 10 penalties against the Ravens, three were offensive holding and they came within two minutes of each other at the end of the second quarter.