NFL Penalties - 2009 League Penalty Stats

League Totals

Note: "Beneficiary" means the team's opponent was called for the penalty. Offsetting and Declined penalties are not included in total count or yards.
Overall TotalPer Game
TeamPenalty CountPenalty YardsBeneficiary CountBeneficiary YardsNet CountNet YardsPre-snap CountDeclinedOffsettingPenalty CountPenalty YardsBeneficiary CountBeneficiary YardsPre-snap CountDeclinedOffsetting
Pittsburgh8577310290317130241425.3148.316.3856.441.50.880.13
Tennessee9882194724-4-97471666.1351.315.8845.252.9410.38
Miami7864073589-5-51321244.88404.5636.8120.750.25
Atlanta7866411089332229291154.8841.56.8855.811.810.690.31
Baltimore125117397807-28-366401536.9465.175.3944.832.220.830.17
Kansas City8466710682522158321255.2541.696.6351.5620.750.31
Philadelphia1241068118901-6-167489107.2962.826.94532.820.530.59
Carolina8869882632-6-66371525.543.635.1339.52.310.940.13
Cincinnati120918108843-12-75631547.06546.3549.593.710.880.24
Denver9480578726-16-79381265.8850.314.8845.382.380.750.38
Cleveland7767810181224134241544.8142.386.3150.751.50.940.25
Minnesota11483912010006161571936.3346.616.6755.563.171.060.17
Houston9583392728-3-105351535.9452.065.7545.52.190.940.19
N.Y. Jets108836104827-4-9451415.68445.4743.532.370.740.05
Jacksonville6953764498-5-3929814.3133.56431.131.810.50.06
Indianapolis84621108101824397431224.4232.685.6853.582.260.630.11
Detroit9876811394415176431836.13487.06592.691.130.19
New Orleans10793899816-8-12239925.6349.375.2142.952.050.470.11
Tampa Bay9269180731-1240391735.7543.19545.692.441.060.19
Dallas1311014109929-22-85511337.2856.336.0651.612.830.720.17
San Francisco9875811496916211381226.1347.387.1360.562.380.750.13
Arizona121964119960-2-4541056.7253.566.6153.3330.560.28
Washington85679987631384411225.3142.446.1347.692.560.750.13
N.Y. Giants9580288678-7-124401675.9450.135.542.382.510.44
St. Louis10083479608-21-226361536.2552.134.94382.250.940.19
Seattle9584011197116131491115.9452.56.9460.693.060.690.06
Green Bay1261133116970-10-163351217.4166.656.8257.062.060.710.06
Chicago10083688744-12-92461226.2552.255.546.52.880.750.13
Buffalo107855107919064451226.6953.446.6957.442.810.750.13
New England8678494795811371245.0646.125.5346.762.180.710.24
San Diego8865710883220175421245.1838.656.3548.942.470.710.24
Oakland11792087689-30-231491557.3157.55.4443.063.060.940.31
Totals316726044316726044001307422110189.61559.7189.81559.978.225.56.7

Offensive vs Defensive Totals

Note: Unlike most places which use "offensive" to mean penalties the team in question committed, and "defensive" to mean penalties in which the team's opponent commited, this break down is actually of penalties committed on offense and defense by the single team. Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored.
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Overall TotalPer Game
TeamTotal CountTotal YardsOff CountOff YardsDef CountDef YardsOff PresnapDef PresnapTotal CountTotal YardsOff CountOff YardsDef CountDef YardsOff PresnapDef Presnap
Pittsburgh8577348399373741685.3148.31324.942.3123.3810.5
Tennessee98821463225249925226.1351.312.8820.133.2531.191.561.38
Miami7864041273373672394.88402.5617.062.3122.941.440.56
Atlanta7866448383302812184.8841.5323.941.8817.561.310.5
Baltimore1251173584346773929116.9465.173.2224.113.7241.061.610.61
Kansas City8466760430242373025.2541.693.7526.881.514.811.880.13
Philadelphia1241068614496361932167.2962.823.5926.413.7136.411.880.94
Carolina88698473494134925125.543.632.9421.812.5621.811.560.75
Cincinnati120918805534036548157.06544.7132.532.3521.472.820.88
Denver94805523904241527115.8850.313.2524.382.6325.941.690.69
Cleveland7767837253404252044.8142.382.3115.812.526.561.250.25
Minnesota114839654204941941166.3346.613.6123.332.7223.282.280.89
Houston95833342526158121145.9452.062.1315.753.8136.311.310.88
N.Y. Jets10883659432494043695.68443.1122.742.5821.261.890.47
Jacksonville6953741290282472274.3133.562.5618.131.7515.441.380.44
Indianapolis84621443004032127164.4232.682.3215.792.1116.891.420.84
New Orleans107938584374950127125.6349.373.05232.5826.371.420.63
Detroit98768553964337229146.13483.4424.752.6923.251.810.88
Tampa Bay9269157417352743275.7543.193.5626.062.1917.1320.44
Dallas1311014775715444336157.2856.334.2831.72324.6120.83
San Francisco9875857412413463086.1347.383.5625.752.5621.631.880.5
Arizona121964654735649131236.7253.563.6126.283.1127.281.721.28
Washington85679523853329429125.3142.443.2524.062.0618.381.810.75
N.Y. Giants95802463704943224165.9450.132.8823.133.06271.51
St. Louis10083459435413993246.2552.133.6927.192.5624.9420.25
Seattle95840503844545629205.9452.53.13242.8128.51.811.25
Green Bay126113362496646372967.4166.653.6529.183.7637.471.710.35
Chicago100836523824845429176.2552.253.2523.88328.381.811.06
Buffalo10785567451404043786.6953.444.1928.192.525.252.310.5
New England8678456404303803165.0646.123.2923.761.7622.351.820.35
San Diego88657503693828831115.1838.652.9421.712.2416.941.820.65
Oakland117920604535746732177.3157.53.7528.313.5629.1921.06
Totals316726044174412764142313280931376189.61559.7104.5764.785.179555.722.5

Offensive vs Defensive Totals - Beneficiary

This is a further break down of penalties for which the team in question benefited from. (Their opponent was penalized.) For example: If Chicago had an "Offensive Count/Game" of 1.5 it would mean, that, on average their opponent's offense committed 1.5 penalties a game. Despite its confusing nature, this is an important table because many people contend that being the beneficiary of lots of penalties has more to do with talent, than luck. (For example: A dominant defensive line will lead to more holding calls.) A better breakdown of these penalties will help us find if that's true or not. Sorting the teams that benefit from the most defensive calls should tend to be the teams with the best offenses, if true. (Of course maybe the success of the offense is due, in part, to the calls that go their way.) Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored.
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Overall TotalPer Game
TeamTotal CountTotal YardsOff CountOff YardsDef CountDef YardsOff PresnapDef PresnapTotal CountTotal YardsOff CountOff YardsDef CountDef YardsOff PresnapDef Presnap
Tennessee9472465477292473725.8845.254.0629.811.8115.442.310.13
Pittsburgh10290353378495252966.3856.443.3123.633.0632.811.810.38
Atlanta110893574655342825176.8855.813.5629.063.3126.751.561.06
Miami73589362673732218154.5636.812.2516.692.3120.131.130.94
Kansas City106825553855144028156.6351.563.4424.063.1927.51.750.94
Baltimore97807523694543830175.3944.832.8920.52.524.331.670.94
Carolina82632523993023325115.1339.53.2524.941.8814.561.560.69
Philadelphia11890177562413394096.94534.5333.062.4119.942.350.53
Denver7872636282424441794.8845.382.2517.632.6327.751.060.56
Cincinnati10884354369544742896.3549.593.1821.713.1827.881.650.53
Minnesota1201000574196358134196.6755.563.1723.283.532.281.891.06
Cleveland101812624543935831156.3150.753.8828.382.4422.381.940.94
N.Y. Jets10482764445403823675.4743.533.3723.422.1120.111.890.37
Houston9272864467282613775.7545.5429.191.7516.312.310.44
Indianapolis1081018544025461627145.6853.582.8421.162.8432.421.420.74
Jacksonville644983424630252178431.132.1315.381.8815.751.060.5
Detroit113944634665047836137.06593.9429.133.1329.882.250.81
New Orleans99816473515246526175.2142.952.4718.472.7424.471.370.89
Dallas10992965505444243586.0651.613.6128.062.4423.561.940.44
Tampa Bay807314939031341226545.693.0624.381.9421.311.380.38
Arizona119960674375252343116.6153.333.7224.282.8929.062.390.61
San Francisco114969614495352031217.1360.563.8128.063.3132.51.941.31
N.Y. Giants88678473244135427145.542.382.9420.252.5622.131.690.88
Washington98763614603730326126.1347.693.8128.752.3118.941.630.75
Seattle11197164509474623186.9460.69431.812.9428.881.940.5
St. Louis79608342374537121174.94382.1314.812.8123.191.311.06
Chicago8874447354413902385.546.52.9422.132.5624.381.440.5
Green Bay116970574175955329146.8257.063.3524.533.4732.531.710.82
New England94795443055049025115.5346.762.5917.942.9428.821.470.65
Buffalo107919543985352130136.6957.443.3824.883.3132.561.880.81
Oakland8768951363363262875.4443.063.1922.692.2520.381.750.44
San Diego108832614134741939166.3548.943.5924.292.7624.652.290.94
Totals316726044174412764142313280931376189.81559.9104.6766.485.2793.655.722.5

Penalty Counts

Note: The number in parentheses is number of penalties per game. "Beneficiary" means the team's opponent was called for the penalty. Declined and Offsetting penalties are ignored.
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NameCountCount Per GameTotal YardsYards Per GameFewest FlagsWorst OffenderBiggest BeneficiarySmallest BeneficiaryOffsettingDeclined
Chop Block170.0642300.861N.Y. Jets (0.053)Washington (0.125)Tampa Bay (0.125)3 Tied - ARI, BAL, MIN (0.056)20
Clipping10.004150.056N.Y. Giants (0.063)N.Y. Giants (0.063)Tampa Bay (0.063)Tampa Bay (0.063)00
Defensive 12 On-field300.1121410.5282 Tied - BAL, DAL (0.056)N.Y. Jets (0.316)Indianapolis (0.263)Minnesota (0.056)101
Defensive Delay of Game120.045600.225Arizona (0.056)Minnesota (0.167)Detroit (0.188)Baltimore (0.056)00
Defensive Holding1090.4085442.037Baltimore (0.056)Houston (0.5)New England (0.471)4 Tied - CLE, OAK, SF, TB (0.063)279
Defensive Offside2120.79410263.843N.Y. Jets (0.053)Arizona (1.056)St. Louis (0.938)2 Tied - NE, PHI (0.059)796
Defensive Pass Interference1900.712322712.086Washington (0.125)Baltimore (0.889)Green Bay (0.824)3 Tied - BUF, CAR, TEN (0.063)205
Delay of Game1350.5066622.4792 Tied - ATL, MIA (0.063)Cincinnati (0.765)N.Y. Jets (0.632)3 Tied - ATL, JAC, TB (0.063)150
Disqualification30.011440.165N.Y. Jets (0.053)2 Tied - CAR, CHI (0.063)2 Tied - BUF, TB (0.063)Arizona (0.056)02
Encroachment590.2212861.0712 Tied - GB, SD (0.059)N.Y. Giants (0.438)New England (0.294)N.Y. Jets (0.053)30
Face Mask (15 Yards)1050.39315055.637Cleveland (0.063)Green Bay (0.647)Seattle (0.563)Baltimore (0.056)31
Fair Catch Interference20.007300.112Philadelphia (0.059)N.Y. Giants (0.063)Carolina (0.063)San Diego (0.059)00
False Start6852.566335012.547Pittsburgh (0.75)Buffalo (2)Tennessee (1.875)Miami (0.688)10
Horse Collar210.0792811.0523 Tied - GB, PHI, SD (0.059)Tennessee (0.25)Green Bay (0.176)3 Tied - IND, NO, NYJ (0.053)01
Illegal Blindside Block50.019430.161Baltimore (0.056)4 Tied - BUF, CHI, DEN, TEN (0.063)New England (0.118)Baltimore (0.056)20
Illegal Block Above the Waist1230.46111514.311N.Y. Jets (0.053)St. Louis (0.625)Seattle (0.563)New England (0.059)121
Illegal Contact920.3454661.745Indianapolis (0.053)N.Y. Jets (0.474)Cincinnati (0.588)New Orleans (0.053)406
Illegal Crackback000011
Illegal Formation570.2132891.082Dallas (0.056)Cincinnati (0.294)Carolina (0.375)San Diego (0.059)214
Illegal Forward Pass110.041500.187Baltimore (0.056)Minnesota (0.222)5 Tied - CHI, NYG, OAK, SF, WAS (0.063)3 Tied - IND, NO, NYJ (0.053)10
Illegal Kick20.007150.056Dallas (0.111)Dallas (0.111)Tampa Bay (0.063)Philadelphia (0.059)00
Illegal Motion140.052660.2472 Tied - IND, NYJ (0.053)New England (0.176)Houston (0.188)New Orleans (0.053)81
Illegal Receiver Pass10.00450.019Atlanta (0.063)Atlanta (0.063)N.Y. Jets (0.053)N.Y. Jets (0.053)00
Illegal Shift200.075940.352N.Y. Jets (0.053)4 Tied - DEN, HOU, NYG, TB (0.125)2 Tied - PHI, SD (0.118)Dallas (0.056)141
Illegal Substitution190.071900.337N.Y. Jets (0.053)Cincinnati (0.176)2 Tied - HOU, SEA (0.125)N.Y. Jets (0.053)30
Illegal Touch Kick130.049500.187Dallas (0.056)2 Tied - DET, JAC (0.125)Cincinnati (0.118)New Orleans (0.053)11
Illegal Touch Pass70.026350.131New Orleans (0.053)3 Tied - DEN, JAC, NYG (0.063)6 Tied - HOU, JAC, KC, NYG, OAK, TB (0.063)Arizona (0.056)10
Illegal Use of Hands390.1462440.9142 Tied - NO, NYJ (0.053)Dallas (0.333)Green Bay (0.294)2 Tied - NO, NYJ (0.053)145
Ineligible Downfield Kick220.0821100.4122 Tied - IND, NO (0.053)Buffalo (0.188)4 Tied - CLE, SF, TB, TEN (0.125)Indianapolis (0.053)02
Ineligible Downfield Pass290.1091450.543New Orleans (0.053)Oakland (0.25)2 Tied - CHI, WAS (0.188)3 Tied - BAL, DAL, MIN (0.056)230
Intentional Grounding360.1354161.558New Orleans (0.053)3 Tied - DET, OAK, WAS (0.188)Cleveland (0.25)2 Tied - NO, NYJ (0.053)02
Interference with Opportunity to Catch40.015600.2254 Tied - CAR, CLE, OAK, TEN (0.063)4 Tied - CAR, CLE, OAK, TEN (0.063)3 Tied - HOU, OAK, WAS (0.063)Minnesota (0.056)10
Invalid Fair Catch Signal20.007100.0372 Tied - PIT, TEN (0.063)2 Tied - PIT, TEN (0.063)Seattle (0.063)Baltimore (0.056)00
Kickoff Out of Bounds000001
Low Block70.026840.315N.Y. Jets (0.053)Philadelphia (0.118)4 Tied - HOU, OAK, SF, WAS (0.063)3 Tied - ARI, BAL, DAL (0.056)00
Neutral Zone Infraction550.2062600.974Indianapolis (0.053)Tennessee (0.375)Minnesota (0.278)2 Tied - IND, NYJ (0.053)10
Offensive 12 On-field60.022280.105Minnesota (0.056)Arizona (0.111)3 Tied - CAR, DET, STL (0.063)New Orleans (0.053)00
Offensive Holding5502.06528719.801San Diego (0.529)Pittsburgh (1.875)Kansas City (1.5)New England (0.529)7624
Offensive Offside30.011200.0753 Tied - CHI, HOU, NYG (0.063)3 Tied - CHI, HOU, NYG (0.063)2 Tied - GB, PHI (0.059)Indianapolis (0.053)00
Offensive Pass Interference780.2927762.906N.Y. Jets (0.053)2 Tied - KC, SF (0.313)Washington (0.438)New Orleans (0.053)181
Offside on Free Kick150.056770.288New Orleans (0.053)Cleveland (0.125)Miami (0.125)Indianapolis (0.053)10
Personal Foul580.2177462.794Indianapolis (0.053)Atlanta (0.375)Detroit (0.375)Indianapolis (0.053)37
Player Out of Bounds on Punt50.019250.0943 Tied - NE, PHI, SD (0.059)2 Tied - BUF, CLE (0.063)4 Tied - ATL, DEN, DET, KC (0.063)N.Y. Jets (0.053)01
Roughing the Kicker20.007300.1122 Tied - CAR, MIA (0.063)2 Tied - CAR, MIA (0.063)Buffalo (0.063)New England (0.059)00
Roughing the Passer690.2589043.386Dallas (0.056)2 Tied - CLE, TEN (0.313)Buffalo (0.5)N.Y. Jets (0.053)04
Running Into the Kicker120.045600.225N.Y. Jets (0.053)Minnesota (0.111)Cincinnati (0.118)New Orleans (0.053)91
Short Free Kick10.00450.019Washington (0.063)Washington (0.063)Philadelphia (0.059)Philadelphia (0.059)00
Taunting80.031140.427Minnesota (0.056)4 Tied - DET, JAC, OAK, SF (0.063)Minnesota (0.111)Dallas (0.056)10
Tripping200.0752000.7492 Tied - NO, NYJ (0.053)St. Louis (0.188)3 Tied - BUF, HOU, PIT (0.125)Indianapolis (0.053)50
Unnecessary Roughness1480.55419607.341Indianapolis (0.053)Houston (0.813)Atlanta (0.625)Carolina (0.063)68
Unsportsmanlike Conduct530.1997282.727Cincinnati (0.059)2 Tied - DEN, OAK (0.313)2 Tied - ATL, NYG (0.25)N.Y. Jets (0.053)014

Penalties By Week

Note: Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored, except where specified.
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Overall TotalPer Game
WeekGamesTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsettingTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
1161861417929416811.6388.565.755.8810.5
216221168611610536213.81105.387.256.562.250.13
31619516729210322412.19104.55.756.441.380.25
4141581306698926611.2993.294.936.361.860.43
5141871631988928813.36116.576.3620.57
6141661504838329611.86107.435.935.932.070.43
7131711251779419213.1596.235.927.231.460.15
81313510777362111110.3882.855.624.770.850.85
9131581310768228412.15100.775.856.312.150.31
101520117589810338813.4117.26.536.872.530.53
11161821373919120611.3885.815.695.691.250.38
121617914569584231011.19915.945.251.440.63
131616815697296241410.598.064.561.50.88
1416204171810010424512.75107.386.256.51.50.31
15161811483899226711.3192.695.565.751.630.44
16161701376749625210.63864.6361.560.13
17161681336838517210.583.55.195.311.060.13
1846354734294215.75136.758.57.2510.5
1944533928175311.2584.7574.251.250.75
2022117110111010.585.555.50.50
21186435008643500
Totals267316726044155316144221102472028.2121.8125.230.28.3