Saturday, December 5, 2009
Calls and Effect: AFC East penalty tracker
By Tim Graham
The AFC East has been on its best behavior lately.
Division teams are averaging 2.7 marked-off penalties since Week 12, including the New York Jets' 19-13 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night.
There were only four flags in that game. Buffalo, among the league penalty leaders all season, committed one false start and nothing more. New York drew three penalties for 18 yards.
It was a continuation of the obedience executed the weekend before.
The Jets committed three penalties for 23 yards in their triumph over the Carolina Panthers. The Bills had three penalties for 20 yards in their late blowout of the Miami Dolphins.
One of few positives the New England Patriots took out of Monday night's debacle in the Superdome was they had zero penalty yardage, a first for an AFC East team this year. Tom Brady's intentional grounding was offset. Right tackle Nick Kaczur's illegal formation was declined.
The lone exception last week was Miami, one of the NFL's most disciplined clubs.
Just four teams have been penalized fewer times and for fewer yards than the Dolphins, but they drew seven flags, six of which were accepted for 50 yards.