NFC West penalty watch: Points taken

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Not all penalties are created equal. When we listed NFC West penalty leaders last week, contributor andelero left a comment asking to see which penalties produced first downs. I took it a step further, which happens sometimes, and noted which penalties preceded or even precipitated touchdowns for the other team.

The chart shows every such penalty assessed against an NFC West player this season. A few offensive players showed up on the list. The Rams' Torry Holt made contact with an official on the sideline during an Eagles possession. Niners tackle Jonas Jennings had back-to-back false-start penalties right before Seattle returned a fumble for a touchdown. The Seahawks' Floyd Womack made the list after officials flagged him for holding shortly before the 49ers returned an interception for a touchdown.

The Rams' Ron Bartell joined the 49ers' Jennings in making the list twice. Officials have called between 21 and 23 penalties against each NFC West team. Assessed penalties break down this way: Rams 21, Seahawks 20, Cardinals 18, 49ers 15.