NFL Penalties - 2010 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
Minnesota9976998786-117519106.1948.066.1349.133.190.560.63
New Orleans9591894740-1-178311665.59545.5343.531.820.940.35
Tampa Bay10083779676-21-16141856.2552.314.9442.252.560.50.31
Cleveland796808473655633944.9442.55.25462.060.560.25
Miami725958472512130311234.537.195.2545.311.940.750.19
Buffalo826338563431341025.1339.565.3139.632.130.630.13
New England8880587722-1-8331605.1847.355.1242.471.820.350
Cincinnati907209577655639815.63455.9448.52.440.50.06
Houston9069010585115161381175.6343.136.5653.192.380.690.44
Indianapolis81719988271710832424.7642.295.7648.651.880.240.12
Denver98944989220-22361966.13596.1357.632.251.190.38
Jacksonville8367585748273301115.1942.195.3146.751.880.690.06
Oakland14812791171161-31-118691449.2579.947.3172.564.310.880.25
Tennessee12810401141039-14-1601478657.1364.943.750.880.44
N.Y. Giants9277710789915122371135.7548.566.6956.192.310.690.19
Carolina10691890760-16-158451706.6357.385.6347.52.811.060
Detroit1361018105854-31-164591658.563.636.5653.383.6910.31
Chicago108928102850-6-7845104651.565.6747.222.50.560.22
Arizona108870108894024431356.7554.386.7555.882.690.810.31
St. Louis102877126100824131441556.3854.817.88632.750.940.31
Pittsburgh1191076106912-13-164341856.2656.635.58481.790.950.26
Atlanta65630122106857438201243.8237.067.1862.821.180.710.24
Philadelphia136115189739-47-41252123867.715.2443.473.060.710.18
Green Bay998041279842818036814.9540.26.3549.21.80.40.05
Seattle110949106819-4-13043626.1152.725.8945.52.390.330.11
San Francisco11293497839-15-9550210758.386.0652.443.131.310
Dallas10987379641-30-232431656.8154.564.9440.062.6910.31
Washington906471048491420242615.6340.446.553.062.630.380.06
N.Y. Jets115103486758-29-276421126.0554.424.5339.892.210.580.11
Baltimore98767130111732350521845.4442.617.2262.062.8910.22
San Diego8467797769139241825.2542.316.0648.062.560.50.13
Kansas City9581111394218131371625.5947.716.6555.412.180.940.12
Totals321727045321727045001321385111193.31622.6193.11623.779.723.26.7

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
Minnesota9976970513292564296.1948.064.3832.061.81162.630.56
New Orleans9591853433424852475.59543.1225.472.4728.531.410.41
Tampa Bay100837594604137728136.2552.313.6928.752.5623.561.750.81
Cleveland79680383014137920134.9442.52.3818.812.5623.691.250.81
Miami7259548372242232474.537.19323.251.513.941.50.44
Buffalo8263349374332592685.1339.563.0623.382.0616.191.630.5
New England8880555422333832655.1847.353.2424.821.9422.531.530.29
Cincinnati9072054359363613185.63453.3822.442.2522.561.940.5
Houston90690352835540717215.6343.132.1917.693.4425.441.061.31
Indianapolis8171948376333432574.7642.292.8222.121.9420.181.470.41
Denver9894453401455432886.13593.3125.062.8133.941.750.5
Jacksonville83675453833829218125.1942.192.8123.942.3818.251.130.75
Oakland1481279735087577146239.2579.944.5631.754.6948.192.881.44
Tennessee1281040614466759429318653.8127.884.1937.131.811.94
N.Y. Giants9277759465333122895.7548.563.6929.062.0619.51.750.56
Carolina106918503885653029166.6357.383.1324.253.533.131.811
Detroit1361018624707454832278.563.633.8829.384.6334.2521.69
Chicago10892866509424193213651.563.6728.282.3323.281.780.72
St. Louis10287761445414323686.3854.813.8127.812.56272.250.5
Arizona108870503805849021226.7554.383.1323.753.6330.631.311.38
Pittsburgh119107668544515322776.2656.633.5828.632.68281.420.37
Atlanta6563037300283301463.8237.062.1817.651.6519.410.820.35
Philadelphia136115165520716312824867.713.8230.594.1837.121.651.41
Green Bay9980455375444293154.9540.22.7518.752.221.451.550.25
Seattle110949634754747427166.1152.723.526.392.6126.331.50.89
San Francisco11293463454494803218758.383.9428.383.063021.13
Dallas10987369492403813676.8154.564.3130.752.523.812.250.44
Washington9064755385352623395.6340.443.4424.062.1916.382.060.56
Baltimore98767563704239739135.4442.613.1120.562.3322.062.170.72
N.Y. Jets1151034594545658031116.0554.423.1123.892.9530.531.630.58
San Diego84677463303834729125.2542.312.8820.632.3821.691.810.75
Kansas City9581160429353823255.5947.713.5325.242.0622.471.880.29
Totals321727045178513416143213629921400193.31622.6107.2805.586.1817.255.424.3

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
New Orleans94740503544438629165.5343.532.9420.822.5922.711.710.94
Minnesota98786543564443031146.1349.133.3822.252.7526.881.940.88
Cleveland8473648370363662665.2546323.132.2522.881.630.38
Tampa Bay7967645328343482594.9442.252.8120.52.1321.751.560.56
Buffalo8563461410242243575.3139.633.8125.631.5142.190.44
Miami8472549368353572465.2545.313.06232.1922.311.50.38
Cincinnati95776453385043826165.9448.52.8121.133.1327.381.631
New England87722463404138221145.1242.472.71202.4122.471.240.82
Indianapolis98827423185650920205.7648.652.4718.713.2929.941.181.18
Houston105851584094744232156.5653.193.6325.562.9427.6320.94
Jacksonville85748412944445424155.3146.752.5618.382.7528.381.50.94
Denver9892258452404702966.1357.633.6328.252.529.381.810.38
Tennessee1141039645035053633167.1364.94431.443.1333.52.061
Oakland1171161635325462927107.3172.563.9433.253.3839.311.690.63
Carolina9076056408343523185.6347.53.525.52.13221.940.5
N.Y. Giants107899594564844332126.6956.193.6928.5327.6920.75
Chicago10285069469333813535.6747.223.8326.061.8321.171.940.17
Detroit105854614714438330116.5653.383.8129.442.7523.941.880.69
Arizona108894674954139938106.7555.884.1930.942.5624.942.380.63
St. Louis1261008685375847132267.88634.2533.563.6329.4421.63
Atlanta1221068433197974924197.1862.822.5318.764.6544.061.411.12
Pittsburgh106912604584645430135.58483.1624.112.4223.891.580.68
Green Bay127984675336045127246.3549.23.3526.65322.551.351.2
Philadelphia8973957442322972585.2443.473.35261.8817.471.470.47
San Francisco97839523904544925206.0652.443.2524.382.8128.061.561.25
Seattle10681966480403393775.8945.53.6726.672.2218.832.060.39
Washington10484959462453872796.553.063.6928.882.8124.191.690.56
Dallas7964145374342672174.9440.062.8123.382.1316.691.310.44
N.Y. Jets8675852375343833244.5339.892.7419.741.7920.161.680.21
Baltimore1301117695146160338187.2262.063.8328.563.3933.52.111
Kansas City113942644844945833116.6555.413.7628.472.8826.941.940.65
San Diego97769473775039222206.0648.062.9423.563.1324.51.381.25
Totals321727045178513416143213629921400193.11623.7107.1805.286818.555.324.1

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 Block180.0672260.846Green Bay (0.05)2 Tied - BUF, DET (0.125)2 Tied - DET, JAC (0.125)Pittsburgh (0.053)21
Clipping30.011410.154Pittsburgh (0.053)Minnesota (0.063)2 Tied - DET, OAK (0.063)Seattle (0.056)00
Defensive 12 On-field240.091070.401Green Bay (0.05)N.Y. Jets (0.158)Indianapolis (0.294)4 Tied - ATL, KC, NE, NO (0.059)82
Defensive Delay of Game10.00450.019Detroit (0.063)Detroit (0.063)Miami (0.063)Miami (0.063)00
Defensive Holding1150.4315832.1842 Tied - ATL, IND (0.059)Oakland (0.5)2 Tied - BAL, SEA (0.389)2 Tied - CAR, TEN (0.063)323
Defensive Offside2150.80510593.966Green Bay (0.05)Tennessee (1.188)St. Louis (1)N.Y. Jets (0.158)697
Defensive Pass Interference2070.775370213.865Minnesota (0.063)Oakland (0.813)Atlanta (0.824)3 Tied - DAL, DET, SD (0.125)207
Delay of Game1420.5326832.558Atlanta (0.059)San Diego (0.75)Seattle (0.667)2 Tied - NYG, SD (0.063)61
Disqualification20.007300.1122 Tied - SF, TEN (0.063)2 Tied - SF, TEN (0.063)San Diego (0.125)San Diego (0.125)01
Encroachment790.2963821.431Pittsburgh (0.053)Detroit (0.625)Cincinnati (0.563)Green Bay (0.05)20
Face Mask (15 Yards)790.29610824.0522 Tied - ATL, NE (0.059)2 Tied - DEN, DET (0.438)Oakland (0.438)Pittsburgh (0.053)12
Face Mask (5 Yards)000001
Fair Catch Interference40.015600.225New England (0.059)Philadelphia (0.118)Detroit (0.063)Green Bay (0.05)01
False Start6702.509329112.326Atlanta (0.647)Oakland (2)2 Tied - BUF, NYG (1.813)Cleveland (0.813)50
Horse Collar Tackle180.0672140.8012 Tied - BAL, SEA (0.056)Detroit (0.25)Dallas (0.188)N.Y. Jets (0.053)00
Illegal Bat30.011300.112Indianapolis (0.059)2 Tied - STL, WAS (0.063)2 Tied - DEN, TEN (0.063)Chicago (0.056)10
Illegal Blindside Block20.007100.037Indianapolis (0.059)Dallas (0.063)2 Tied - HOU, TEN (0.063)2 Tied - HOU, TEN (0.063)00
Illegal Block Above the Waist1150.43110543.9482 Tied - ATL, NO (0.059)Washington (0.5)Houston (0.563)N.Y. Jets (0.053)152
Illegal Contact750.2813561.333Chicago (0.056)St. Louis (0.375)Washington (0.375)Green Bay (0.05)151
Illegal Crackback70.0261050.393Chicago (0.056)Houston (0.125)5 Tied - DAL, NYG, SD, STL, WAS (0.063)N.Y. Jets (0.053)00
Illegal Formation630.2363091.157N.Y. Jets (0.053)Philadelphia (0.353)Dallas (0.313)N.Y. Jets (0.053)462
Illegal Forward Handoff000010
Illegal Forward Pass50.019100.037Green Bay (0.05)Dallas (0.063)Minnesota (0.125)Miami (0.063)30
Illegal Kick10.004100.037Dallas (0.063)Dallas (0.063)Green Bay (0.05)Green Bay (0.05)10
Illegal Motion190.071950.3562 Tied - BAL, SEA (0.056)5 Tied - DEN, JAC, OAK, STL, WAS (0.125)3 Tied - DEN, MIN, OAK (0.125)2 Tied - BAL, CHI (0.056)83
Illegal Shift150.056750.2812 Tied - NYJ, PIT (0.053)2 Tied - MIN, TB (0.125)2 Tied - CAR, CIN (0.125)Green Bay (0.05)162
Illegal Substitution80.03400.15N.Y. Jets (0.053)San Diego (0.125)6 Tied - CIN, CLE, DET, HOU, MIN, OAK (0.063)2 Tied - BAL, SEA (0.056)10
Illegal Touch Kick130.049350.131Green Bay (0.05)Arizona (0.125)N.Y. Giants (0.125)Green Bay (0.05)10
Illegal Touch Pass100.037510.1912 Tied - ATL, PHI (0.059)Houston (0.125)Pittsburgh (0.105)Green Bay (0.05)40
Illegal Use of Hands380.1422500.936Green Bay (0.05)New Orleans (0.294)Carolina (0.188)2 Tied - NYJ, PIT (0.053)178
Illegal Wedge50.019410.154N.Y. Jets (0.053)Philadelphia (0.118)4 Tied - CIN, HOU, JAC, NYG (0.063)Indianapolis (0.059)00
Ineligible Downfield Kick150.056700.262Pittsburgh (0.053)2 Tied - ARI, SF (0.125)N.Y. Giants (0.125)Green Bay (0.05)22
Ineligible Downfield Pass70.026350.1313 Tied - JAC, MIA, MIN (0.063)2 Tied - DEN, SF (0.125)Philadelphia (0.118)N.Y. Jets (0.053)60
Intentional Grounding470.1765301.985N.Y. Jets (0.053)San Francisco (0.375)2 Tied - OAK, STL (0.25)Philadelphia (0.059)02
Interference with Opportunity to Catch10.004150.056Seattle (0.056)Seattle (0.056)New Orleans (0.059)New Orleans (0.059)00
Leverage20.007130.049Indianapolis (0.059)San Diego (0.063)2 Tied - DAL, SF (0.063)2 Tied - DAL, SF (0.063)00
Low Block60.022900.337Kansas City (0.059)5 Tied - BUF, CIN, HOU, MIN, WAS (0.063)Cleveland (0.125)Green Bay (0.05)01
Neutral Zone Infraction720.273501.3112 Tied - NYJ, PIT (0.053)Cleveland (0.438)San Francisco (0.313)Seattle (0.056)20
Offensive 12 On-field70.026310.116N.Y. Jets (0.053)4 Tied - CIN, OAK, TB, TEN (0.063)Atlanta (0.118)Pittsburgh (0.053)00
Offensive Holding6162.307593822.24Houston (0.563)Pittsburgh (1.737)Washington (1.688)N.Y. Jets (0.579)7622
Offensive Offside60.022350.131Pittsburgh (0.053)5 Tied - CAR, CLE, NYG, OAK, SD (0.063)5 Tied - ARI, CAR, CIN, OAK, SD (0.063)Baltimore (0.056)00
Offensive Pass Interference730.2737182.689Pittsburgh (0.053)New England (0.353)Chicago (0.278)2 Tied - BAL, SEA (0.056)126
Offside on Free Kick220.0821100.412Green Bay (0.05)Seattle (0.167)Houston (0.188)Baltimore (0.056)30
Personal Foul580.2177972.985Seattle (0.056)3 Tied - JAC, OAK, TEN (0.25)N.Y. Giants (0.313)Green Bay (0.05)49
Player Out of Bounds on Punt70.026350.131Green Bay (0.05)Pittsburgh (0.105)Baltimore (0.111)Green Bay (0.05)00
Roughing the Kicker30.011320.12Arizona (0.063)N.Y. Jets (0.105)2 Tied - CAR, DET (0.063)Pittsburgh (0.053)00
Roughing the Passer790.29610854.0642 Tied - IND, NO (0.059)San Francisco (0.313)St. Louis (0.375)3 Tied - HOU, NYG, SD (0.063)05
Running Into the Kicker90.034550.206N.Y. Jets (0.053)5 Tied - CAR, CIN, DAL, MIN, OAK (0.063)5 Tied - ARI, BUF, CLE, MIA, SD (0.063)N.Y. Jets (0.053)10
Taunting60.022880.33N.Y. Jets (0.053)Seattle (0.111)3 Tied - ARI, DET, SD (0.063)2 Tied - CHI, SEA (0.056)00
Tripping100.0371030.386Green Bay (0.05)4 Tied - CAR, CLE, MIA, NYG (0.063)Cincinnati (0.125)Pittsburgh (0.053)01
Unnecessary Roughness1630.6122368.375Washington (0.063)Denver (0.688)Kansas City (0.824)2 Tied - DET, HOU (0.063)416
Unsportsmanlike Conduct520.1957432.783Green Bay (0.05)2 Tied - ARI, DET (0.313)Tennessee (0.313)N.Y. Jets (0.053)13

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
116201167510497241012.56104.696.56.061.50.63
216194166011084341012.13103.756.885.252.130.63
3162322033103129231314.5127.066.448.061.440.81
4141631403818212611.64100.215.795.860.860.43
51419215501048824813.71110.717.436.291.710.57
6141741544849025012.43110.2966.431.790
7141751531799612712.5109.365.646.860.860.5
8131611301798219212.38100.086.086.311.460.15
9131821496968626414115.087.386.6220.31
10141911638949719213.641176.716.931.360.14
11161881578969219611.7598.6365.751.190.38
12161681413798919910.588.314.945.561.190.56
13161841440899525411.5905.565.941.560.25
14161651312957019410.31825.944.381.190.25
1516195167011481261212.19104.387.135.061.630.75
16161681489907829610.593.065.634.881.810.38
17161641324798520610.2582.754.945.311.250.38
184342282014508.55753.51.250
1944843430183212108.57.54.50.750.5
2022520413121012.51026.560.50
211131226710131226710
Totals26732172704516451572385111252.52126.9130122.628.47.6