PATRIOTS CLOSING IN ON RECORD FOR FEWEST PENALTIES
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 10, 2008, 12:02 p.m.
When the Rams played the Patriots in October, Rams coach Jim Haslett complained after the game about how his team was flagged for nine penalties for 63 yards, while the Patriots ended up with zero penalties for zero yards.
But that game wasn’t all that out of the ordinary for New England.
Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots are on pace to set a new NFL record for fewest penalties in a 16-game season. So far opposing teams have accepted just 44 penalties against the Patriots this year; the NFL record is 59 by the Seahawks last year.
When New England does get flagged, the big penalties are false starts (nine of them so far this season) and unnecessary roughness (seven). Other than those two fouls, there’s not a single type of penalty that the officials have called on New England more than five times all season.