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Following the flags: Breaking down the Patriots penalties through two games

09.19.11 at 7:48 pm ET

In their first two games of the season, the Patriots have been flagged for 15 penalties (tied for eighth-most overall with the Cowboys) and 130 yards (tied for sixth-most with the Titans). Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against New England, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
Matt Light: two penalties (both holding), 20 yards
Dan Gronkowski: two penalties (both false starts), 10 yards
Leigh Bodden: two penalties (both defensive holding), 10 yards
Sergio Brown: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 20 yards
Andre Carter: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
James Ihedigbo: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
Nate Solder: one penalty (holding), 10 yards
Devin McCourty: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
Rob Gronkowski: one penalty (holding), 10 yards
Chad Ochocinco: one penalty (illegal formation), five yards
Deion Branch: one penalty (false start), five yards
Brian Waters: one penalty (holding), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Offensive line: four penalties for 35 yards
Tight end: three penalties for 30 yards
Cornerback: three penalties for 30 yards
Safety: two penalties for 30 yards
Defensive line: one penalty for 15 yards
Wide receiver two penalties for 10 yards

Most frequently called penalties on the Patriots:
Offensive holding: five
False start: three
Defensive holding: two
Illegal block above the waist: two
Defensive pass interference: one
Roughing the passer: one
Illegal formation: one

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