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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for 2013 season

10.01.13 at 12:23 pm ET
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Through four weeks, the Patriots have been flagged for 22 penalties (tied for 22nd in the league) for a total of 209 yards (19th in the league). Here’s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
CB Kyle Arrington: two penalties (defensive pass interference, defensive holding), 25 yards
OL Logan Mankins: two penalties (two offensive holding), 20 yards
OL Dan Connolly: two penalties (two false starts), 10 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: two penalties (two false starts), 6 yards
CB Aqib Talib: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 38 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: one penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
LB Dont’a Hightower: one penalty (facemask), 15 yards
LB Jerod Mayo: one penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
DL Chandler Jones: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
S Duron Harmon: one penalty (offensive holding–special teams), 10 yards
TE Michael Hoomanawanui (false start), 5 yards
CB Marquice Cole: one penalty (12 men on the field), 5 yards
DL Chandler Jones: one penalty (neutral zone infraction), 5 yards
OL Nate Solder: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
WR Julian Edelman: one penalty (illegal shift), 5 yards
QB Tom Brady: one penalty (delay of game), 5 yards
Team: one penalty (illegal shift), 5 yards
S Kanorris Davis: one penalty (illegal formation), 5 yards

Most penalized by position
Cornerback: 83 yards
Offensive line: 41 yards
Defensive line: 20 yards
Linebacker: 30 yards
Safety: 15 yards
Tight end: 5 yards
Team: 5 yards
Wide receiver: 5 yards
Quarterback: 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties
False start: Six
Offensive holding: Three
Unnecessary roughness: Two
Defensive pass interference: Two
Illegal shift: Two
Roughing the passer: One
Neutral zone infraction: One
Twelve men on the field: One
Illegal formation: One
Facemask: One
Defensive holding: One
Delay of game: One

By way of comparison, here’s how the penalties broke down through four games last year.

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