Penalty watch: Double trouble

November, 22, 2012
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When updating this week's "penalty watch" from Sunday's win over the Colts, a noticeable theme emerged: The penalties came in twos.

1. Cornerback Kyle Arrington had one penalty in the first nine games of the season, before picking up two in a 10-play span in the first quarter.

2. Left tackle Nate Solder had two penalties in the first nine games of the season and was called for two in a span of seven plays in the second quarter.

3. Linebacker Jerod Mayo, who had been penalized three times in the first nine games of the season, was called for two penalties (illegal contact, roughing the passer).

The full breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

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David Butler II/US PresswireKyle Arrington drew the ire of the Colts for this hit on QB Andrew Luck, though no flag was thrown.
Penalty count
Brandon Spikes -- 6
Jerod Mayo -- 5
Alfonzo Dennard -- 4
Rob Gronkowski -- 4
Devin McCourty -- 4
Nate Solder -- 4
Vince Wilfork -- 4
Kyle Arrington -- 3
Ras-I Dowling -- 3
Tom Brady -- 2
Patrick Chung -- 2
Julian Edelman -- 2
Daniel Fells -- 2
Chandler Jones -- 2
Niko Koutouvides -- 2
Sterling Moore -- 2
Donald Thomas -- 2
Sebastian Vollmer -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 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
Aqib Talib -- 1
Ryan Wendell-- 1
Tavon Wilson -- 1
TEAM -- 2

Most called penalties
Defensive holding -- 11
Defensive pass interference -- 8
False start -- 8
Encroachment -- 7
Offensive holding -- 7
Illegal contact -- 4
Offensive pass interference -- 3
Roughing the passer -- 3
Unnecessary roughness -- 3
Intentional grounding -- 2
Offside -- 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
Wes Welker -- 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
(two drawn holdings on special teams vs. Rams unclear)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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