You may have noticed that we're not doing the "Numbers Crunching" column on ESPN anymore this year. Unfortunately, that means I don't exactly have a lot of places for all the little stat tidbits that we have marked down in our myriad of stat workbooks. So I figured I'd empty my notebook with some Extra Points every so often.
Today, let's take a look at early penalty numbers. These are through Week 8 except for Monday Night Football.
Here are the players who lead the league in penalties:
10: SEA CB Brandon Browner (for a league-high 108 yards!)
STL OT Rodger Saffold
8: CAR OT Byron Bell
MIN CB Cedric Griffin
CHI OT J'Marcus Webb
7: PHI DE Jason Babin
DEN OT Ryan Clady
SF OT Anthony Davis
SEA OT Russell Okung
ARI CB Patrick Peterson
Here's a look at the most penalized and least penalized teams so far this season:
|Most Penalized Teams,
Weeks 1-8 2011
|x||Least Penalized Teams,
Weeks 1-8 2011
The Lions seem to have drawn the league's most eager officiating crews this season. Not only are they near the top of the league in penalties, but they have benefited from the most opponent penalties, and it is not even close. Detroit opponents have 98 penalties this year. No other team is above 70.
If we want to split penalties by unit, Seattle leads the league with 5.0 offensive penalties per game, followed by St. Louis (4.9) and Tampa Bay (4.9). Oakland leads the league with 5.6 defensive penalties per game, followed by Detroit (4.1) and Arizona (4.0).
All numbers above include declined and offsetting penalties.