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Penalty watch: Cunningham's rise

10/4/2012

The impact of having regular officials back on the field showed itself during the Patriots' 52-28 win over the Bills. There were fewer flags (just one on the Patriots) and a better pace of game.

Also of note this week is that third-year defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, who has carved out a role as an interior rusher in sub packages, takes the team lead after drawing his team-high third holding penalty.

The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Penalty count

Rob Gronkowski -- 3

Brandon Spikes -- 3

Julian Edelman -- 2

Niko Koutouvides -- 2

Jerod Mayo -- 2

Devin McCourty -- 2

Danny Aiken -- 1

Kyle Arrington -- 1

Marquice Cole -- 1

Ras-I Dowling -- 1

Steve Gregory -- 1

Chandler Jones -- 1

Sterling Moore -- 1

Donald Thomas -- 1

Vince Wilfork -- 1

Tavon Wilson -- 1

Most called penalties

Defensive holding -- 5

Defensive pass interference -- 4

False start -- 2

Offensive holding -- 2

Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2

Encroachment -- 1

Offensive pass interference -- 1

Offside -- 1

Personal foul -- 1

Roughing the passer -- 1

Special teams false start -- 1

Special teams holding -- 1

Special teams illegal formation -- 1

Special teams offsides -- 1

Drawn holding penalties

Jermaine Cunningham -- 3

Devin McCourty (1 defense, 1 special teams) -- 2

Vince Wilfork -- 2

Kyle Arrington (special teams/KO coverage)-- 1

Rob Gronkowski -- 1

Chandler Jones -- 1

Brandon Lloyd -- 1

Wes Welker -- 1