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Penalty watch: Spikes into top spot

11/15/2012

In updating this week's "penalty watch," a few things stand out:

1. Linebacker Brandon Spikes, with six penalties (including declined), leads the team. Spikes picked up two on Sunday -- roughing the passer and encroachment.

2. As for the encroachment penalty, the Patriots have has six of them over their last two games (3 vs. Rams, 3 vs. Bills). More mental toughness is required from those players, as the penalty is a result of a lack of focus more than anything.

3. In the "drawn holding penalties" category, the Patriots' top three players all added to their total on Sunday -- Jermaine Cunningham, Chandler Jones and Vince Wilfork.

The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Penalty count

Brandon Spikes -- 6

Alfonzo Dennard -- 4

Rob Gronkowski -- 4

Devin McCourty -- 4

Vince Wilfork -- 4

Ras-I Dowling -- 3

Jerod Mayo -- 3

Tom Brady -- 2

Patrick Chung -- 2

Julian Edelman -- 2

Daniel Fells -- 2

Chandler Jones -- 2

Niko Koutouvides -- 2

Sterling Moore -- 2

Nate Solder -- 2

Donald Thomas -- 2

Sebastian Vollmer -- 2

Danny Aiken -- 1

Kyle Arrington -- 1

Jake Bequette -- 1

Marquice Cole -- 1

Jermaine Cunningham -- 1

Nate Ebner-- 1

Steve Gregory -- 1

Aaron Hernandez -- 1

Dont'a Hightower -- 1

Logan Mankins -- 1

Rob Ninkovich -- 1

Stevan Ridley -- 1

Matthew Slater -- 1

Ryan Wendell-- 1

Tavon Wilson -- 1

TEAM -- 2

Most called penalties

Defensive holding -- 10

False start -- 8

Defensive pass interference -- 7

Encroachment -- 7

Offensive holding -- 5

Offensive pass interference -- 3

Unnecessary roughness -- 3

Illegal contact -- 2

Intentional grounding -- 2

Offside -- 2

Roughing the passer -- 2

Special teams holding -- 2

Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2

Face Mask -- 1

Illegal formation -- 1

Illegal motion -- 1

Illegal shift -- 1

Offside (special teams) -- 1

Personal foul -- 1

Special teams false start -- 1

Special teams illegal formation -- 1

Special teams offsides -- 1

Drawn holding penalties

Jermaine Cunningham -- 4

Chandler Jones -- 3

Vince Wilfork -- 3

Brandon Lloyd -- 2

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

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

Rob Gronkowski -- 1

Kyle Love -- 1

Rob Ninkovich -- 1

Trevor Scott (special teams/KO coverage) -- 1

Brandon Spikes -- 1

Wes Welker -- 1

(two drawn holdings on special teams vs. Rams unclear)