Penalty Fun Facts from 2009
Was working on a project this morning involving 2009 penalty numbers and I thought I would share some of the interesting random tidbits that I came across. No rhyme or reason to this, just things that struck my fancy.
Can you guess which team forced the most intentional grounding penalties? You will be shocked. Answer at the end.
Jacksonville got all the refs who don't like to call penalties, apparently. They had the fewest penalties (80) and the fewest penalties against (72).
Oakland led the league with 138 penalties and their opponents were only flagged 99 times. Some things never change.
The Jets were called for six penalties in overtime. No other team had more than one penalty in overtime.
Baltimore was penalized 16 times for defensive pass interference, five more than any other team. Three of those were declined or offsetting, but the Ravens still gave up 273 yards with DPI, nearly 100 more than any other team.
Jacksonville was not called for DPI all season.
The refs who did Green Bay games just loved DPI. The Packers were flagged nine times for 150 yards. Green Bay opponents were flagged 15 times (three of which were declined) for 184 yards.
Indianapolis gained the most yardage from DPI, 211 yards. Green Bay was second. Buffalo only gained two yards from DPI, and Carolina only nine yards.
San Diego was the only team not called for offensive pass interference all season.
Green Bay was called for 10 face mask penalties, for 144 yards. Tampa Bay (6 for 90) was the only other team that lost more than 75 yards because of face mask penalties.
St. Louis was the only team not called for a face mask, although Atlanta's only face mask of the year was declined and was an offensive penalty, not a defensive penalty (on lineman Harvey Dahl).
Buffalo opponents were called for roughing the passer nine times. New England opponents were called seven times, and Oakland opponents five. No other team drew more than three such flags.
Cincinnati was called for delay of game a mind-boggling 15 times. No other team had more than 11 delay of game penalties. Get rid of the meaningless punt delays or that silly "draw the other team offside on fourth down" thing, and the Bengals still had 11 delay of game penalties on offense. San Francisco had 10 on offense, but no other team had more than seven.
Atlanta and Houston were the only two offenses never called for delay of game.
Finally... the team that forced the most intentional grounding penalties was Cleveland, with five. Yes, really, Cleveland. Pittsburgh forced three, no other team more than two.