Friday, September 21, 2012
Penalty Tracker: Focus on offensive lines
By Kevin Seifert
We discussed a number of officiating issues over the past few days, from the Chicago Bears' penalty for 12 men on the field to the "double-sack" Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford endured. I didn't see the need for an additional Dirty Laundry session, but I do want to bring you our Week 2 NFC North penalty tracker.
Remember, "total penalties" includes those that were declined or offset. I think that provides a fuller reckoning of each team's situation.
The Vikings' division-leading 17 penalties includes five against their offensive linemen, including two apiece for left guard Charlie Johnson and right tackle Phil Loadholt. The Chicago Bears' offensive line has also taken five penalties, including three by right tackle Gabe Carimi: A hold, a false start and an unnecessary roughness. Bears tight end Kellen Davis has also been whistled twice. The Green Bay Packers' line has matched the Vikings' and Bears'; their total of five includes two by guard T.J. Lang and two by right tackle Bryan Bulaga.
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