Pats penchant for penalties is amazing to behold

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Can the Patriots defeat the Vikings? Absolutely. And if the astonishing insistence on committing insane penalties at the most inopportune moments is removed, the chances of disaster increase.

It’s been… troublesome. Patriots have 16the in the League with 60 penalties in 10 games. That doesn’t seem so horrible, does it? But there is more than volume.

The Patriots are the worst in the league when it comes to net penalties. While they have been tagged 60 times, opponents have been tagged 40. They have been tagged 132 more yards than opponents, second worst in the league.

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They are eighth in the league in presnap penalties with 24. Presnap! That’s 13 false starts, four game delays, three neutral zone violations, two invasions, two too many defensive men and one too many offensive men.

They have been penalized 20 times for holding, the most in the league. Seven of them have been declined (also the most declined holding penalties in the league). What does that mean? It means that even when they hold, opposing defenses are often satisfied with the outcome of the play.

The eminently preventable pre-snap penalties and persistent holding penalties are unsettling. Equally maddening? The timing of many of the 60 flags (71 in total, 11 were rejected).

Even last week’s stirring game-winning punt return at the buzzer against the Jets was in doubt for a few moments as folks from Caribou to Cheshire scanned the field for a flag thanks to a no-block-since-needed -the-side-but-maybe-almost-the-back by Mack Wilson Sr.

It is incredible to contemplate when the most maddening are cataloged. At least they are for me. Skip down if you don’t find it fascinating too.

Week 1 began. The first call of the year was a neutral zone foul by Carl Davis as the Dolphins lined up for a go at fourth-and-1 at the 50-yard line. Miami kicked a field goal. The next one was a false start by henry hunter on third-and-6 (the Patriots converted 3rd-and-11).

Week 2 in the first quarter against Pittsburgh, they were lined up for a 3rd-and-8 in the steelers’15 and took advantage of a delay of play and settled for a field goal. They had a 14-yard gain in a third and 16 out for a Isaiah Wynn hold. A second false start and 7 by Wynn at the Steelers 33-yard line shortened a drive that ended with a missed field goal by nick folk. In the third, a false start by Michael Onwenu came on a first down immediately after a 25-yard completion for Nelson Agholor. That led to a punt.

In Week 3, Wynn misaligned on the third offensive play of the game. He then called it to hold the second and 6 at the Ravens 16-yard line and the Patriots settled for a field goal.

Against packers in Week 4, Wynn had a mind-blowing false start in bailey zapeThe Patriots’ first NFL start with the Patriots first and 10 at their own 8-yard line. He followed that up with a hold on the next play. On a first and 10 at the Green Bay 20, the Patriots fell behind in the game. Zappe followed that up with a 25-yard TD pass, so no damage, but, you know. myles bryant he later had a defensive holding of third-and-6.

Week 5 against the Lions? false start by kendrick bourne at Detroit 29 on second and 8. Bourne then had an illegal formation call in the second quarter. In a drive just before the half, Wynn was in control with first-and-10 in Detroit with 24 and 36 seconds remaining.

Week 6? Trent Brown had a false start on third-and-2 at the Browns 6-yard line on the Patriots’ opening drive. They settled for a field goal. Carl Davis had an invasion on a second and 4. Hunter Henry added a false start on the third on a first and 10 in the Cleveland 39.

Against the Bears, Trent Brown got three flags on the first two drives, including a false start on 3rd and 5. He was later called up for a trip.

In the first meeting against the Jets, the Patriots had an illegal formation in the first quarter. They later had too many men on the field after a 22-yard completion gave them a first and 10 at the Jets 30-yard line just before the half. Cole Strange was given a holding order on first-and-10 at the Jets 12-yard line with 23 seconds remaining in the half.

In week 9, daniel equals he had a third-and-11 ruffing the passer that extended Indy’s first drive. Wynn had a first and 10 at the Colts 32-yard line. The Patriots settled for a field goal.

Finally, against the Jets last Sunday, long snapper joe cardona got a false start for the second week in a row. On first and 10 at the Jets 15-yard line, a 5-yard run from ramondre stevenson was wiped out by an illegal formation. The Patriots settled for a field goal. On third-and-2 of the Jets 7, a 3-yard run was nullified by Yodny Cafitewait. The Patriots missed a field goal. Finally, at second and 17 of the Jets 29, James Ferentz he had a control that led to another missed field goal.

In total, 21 of his 60 penalties have come on third chance.

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Sprinkle the fact that they’ve had 35 (?!?!?!?!) negative offensive plays in their last three games (that’s not including penalties) ALL WINS BTW and it’s no mystery why they scored two or fewer offensive touchdowns in eight of his 10 games. In four games they had an offensive touchdown. Last week was the first time they didn’t make it to the end zone.

“I’ve never called a game before, but it’s hard to call a game when it’s 2nd-5 and the next thing you know is 3d-12. Or 2nd-5 to 2nd-11. We’ve got to stop hurting each other. When we do the right thing and put together a complete game, stay the course, reduce penalties, that’s a recipe for football,” he said. david andres In the past week.

How does this compare to previous years? In 2021 (including the playoff game), the Patriots had 110 total flags, including 39 before the turn. They were plus-3 against their opponents (as opposed to the aforementioned -20).

In 2020, they only accepted 62 penalties (72 overall) and just 18 penalties before the snap (compared to 24 so far this year). They were plus-20 on penalties against their rivals.

They were tied for the third fewest flags in 2019 (111) and had 25 penalties before the snap. They had 21 pre-match penalties in 19 games in 2019, 111 penalties accepted.

You understand? Of course yes. The penalty rate would be unacceptable even if they were a potent offense. Which they are not. They already have enough trouble scoring points working against the defense, they have to stop helping.

Prime time is the right time to clean it.

Prediction: Patriots 17, Vikings 16

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