NFL Penalties - 2012 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
N.Y. Giants7257810290030322271244.536.136.3856.251.690.750.25
Dallas11885389726-29-127581517.3853.315.5645.383.630.940.06
Chicago10281178704-24-10741846.3850.694.88442.560.50.25
Indianapolis99838137127838440352245.8249.298.0675.182.061.290.24
Minnesota948531139591910635945.5350.186.6556.412.060.530.24
Jacksonville1019551018130-14231716.3159.696.3150.811.940.440.06
Buffalo10487180693-24-17846636.554.44543.312.880.380.19
N.Y. Jets837081098042696331025.1944.256.8150.252.060.630.13
Miami83739121104538306221305.1946.197.5665.311.380.810
Houston118947100970-1823441336.5652.615.5653.892.440.720.17
New England1069351101027492371915.8951.946.1157.062.061.060.06
Tennessee10684786717-20-130412506.6352.945.3844.812.561.560
St. Louis12997390758-39-215601438.0660.815.6347.383.750.880.19
Detroit10394493788-10-156441416.44595.8149.252.750.880.06
Washington1191000104846-15-15447113758.826.1249.762.760.650.18
New Orleans1008761028402-36321026.2554.756.3852.520.630.13
Philadelphia9881811899220174271986.1351.137.38621.691.190.5
Cleveland1131005121100883401437.0662.817.56632.50.880.19
Atlanta604569370033244281033.3325.335.1738.891.560.560.17
Kansas City9173382670-9-63371235.6945.815.1341.882.310.750.19
San Francisco1261103101829-25-274461136.6358.055.3243.632.420.580.16
Green Bay109959135117126212391356.0653.287.565.062.170.720.28
Arizona102857100810-2-47391216.3853.566.2550.632.440.750.06
Seattle120955108928-12-27521736.6753.06651.562.890.940.17
Carolina9883586711-12-124371616.1352.195.3844.442.3110.06
Tampa Bay101820103851231431726.3151.256.4453.192.691.060.13
Denver11089213110092111746926.4752.477.7159.352.710.530.12
Pittsburgh929381008828-5626935.7558.636.2555.131.630.560.19
Baltimore14513351311126-14-20944557.2566.756.5556.32.20.250.25
Cincinnati10590896834-9-74341426.1853.415.6549.0620.820.12
San Diego103796102798-1250916.4449.756.3849.883.130.560.06
Oakland10993997890-12-49431136.8158.696.0655.632.690.690.19
Totals33192807733192807700126440684198.91681.2198.91681.275.924.55.1

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
N.Y. Giants72578383033427517104.536.132.3818.942.1317.191.060.63
Dallas118853664585239539197.3853.314.1328.633.2524.692.441.19
Chicago102811564174639429126.3850.693.526.062.8824.631.810.75
Indianapolis99838443555548320155.8249.292.5920.883.2428.411.180.88
Minnesota94853362735858020155.5350.182.1216.063.4134.121.180.88
Jacksonville10195553416485392566.3159.693.3126333.691.560.38
Buffalo104871533915148032146.554.443.3124.443.193020.88
N.Y. Jets8370835222484862495.1944.252.1913.88330.381.50.56
Miami8373942313414261935.1946.192.6319.562.5626.631.190.19
Houston118947523596658828166.5652.612.8919.943.6732.671.560.89
New England106935463406059520175.8951.942.5618.893.3333.061.110.94
Tennessee106847573994944829126.6352.943.5624.943.06281.810.75
St. Louis129973715055846840208.0660.814.4431.563.6329.252.51.25
Detroit103944473855655922226.44592.9424.063.534.941.381.38
Washington119100070562494383215758.824.1233.062.8825.761.880.88
New Orleans10087655457454192486.2554.753.4428.562.8126.191.50.5
Philadelphia98818504184840017106.1351.133.1326.133251.060.63
Cleveland1131005554125859328127.0662.813.4425.753.6337.061.750.75
Atlanta60456322252823118103.3325.331.7812.51.5612.8310.56
Kansas City9173356400353333165.6945.813.5252.1920.811.940.38
San Francisco1261103665186058532146.6358.053.4727.263.1630.791.680.74
Green Bay109959534065655323166.0653.282.9422.563.1130.721.280.89
Arizona102857564294642824156.3853.563.526.812.8826.751.50.94
Seattle120955715344942138146.6753.063.9429.672.7223.392.110.78
Carolina98835523914644426116.1352.193.2524.442.8827.751.630.69
Tampa Bay101820523664945428156.3151.253.2522.883.0628.381.750.94
Pittsburgh9293846344465941975.7558.632.8821.52.8837.131.190.44
Denver110892483526254023236.4752.472.8220.713.6531.761.351.35
Baltimore1451335705647577133117.2566.753.528.23.7538.551.650.55
Cincinnati10590856430494782596.1853.413.2925.292.8828.121.470.53
San Diego103796533745042233176.4449.753.3123.383.1326.382.061.06
Oakland109939604734946626176.8158.693.7529.563.0629.131.631.06
Totals331928077169712791162215286844420198.91681.2101.9767.197.1914.250.725.2

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
Dallas8972652350373763155.5645.383.2521.882.3123.51.940.31
N.Y. Giants10290052408504922376.3856.253.2525.53.1330.751.440.44
Indianapolis1371278594587882026228.0675.183.4726.944.5948.241.531.29
Chicago7870436242424622134.88442.2515.132.6328.881.310.19
Jacksonville101813362486556522226.3150.812.2515.54.0635.311.381.38
Minnesota113959634325052737106.6556.413.7125.412.94312.180.59
N.Y. Jets10980456414533902296.8150.253.525.883.3124.381.380.56
Buffalo806934635434339229543.312.8822.132.1321.191.380.56
Houston10097054477464931995.5653.89326.52.5627.391.060.5
Miami1211045594396260630167.5665.313.6927.443.8837.881.881
Tennessee8671739308474091595.3844.812.4419.252.9425.560.940.56
New England110102749372616552286.1157.062.7220.673.3936.391.220.44
Detroit93788433175047126165.8149.252.6919.813.1329.441.631
St. Louis90758534253733321145.6347.383.3126.562.3120.811.310.88
New Orleans102840625014033922126.3852.53.8831.312.521.191.380.75
Washington104846573814746534106.1249.763.3522.412.7627.3520.59
Cleveland1211008795994240940137.56634.9437.442.6325.562.50.81
Philadelphia118992634905550232247.38623.9430.633.4431.3821.5
Kansas City82670382634440722145.1341.882.3816.442.7525.441.380.88
Atlanta9370047361463392195.1738.892.6120.062.5618.831.170.5
Green Bay1351171624997367231257.565.063.4427.724.0637.331.721.39
San Francisco10182952388494412695.3243.632.7420.422.5823.211.370.47
Seattle10892852368565603220651.562.8920.443.1131.111.781.11
Arizona100810564224438833136.2550.633.526.382.7524.252.060.81
Tampa Bay103851594524439929126.4453.193.6928.252.7524.941.810.75
Carolina8671143340433711875.3844.442.6921.252.6923.191.130.44
Denver1311009695066250337197.7159.354.0629.763.6529.592.181.12
Pittsburgh100882513544952830126.2555.133.1922.133.06331.880.75
Cincinnati96834493744746022125.6549.062.88222.7627.061.290.71
Baltimore1311126675386458830216.5556.33.3526.93.229.41.51.05
Oakland97890503994749122116.0655.633.1324.942.9430.691.380.69
San Diego102798443125848626186.3849.882.7519.53.6330.381.631.13
Totals331928077169712791162215286844420198.91681.2101.8766.697.1914.650.725.2

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 Block70.026900.337San Francisco (0.053)4 Tied - DAL, JAC, KC, NYG (0.063)Buffalo (0.125)Baltimore (0.05)20
Clipping50.019630.236Washington (0.059)4 Tied - CAR, KC, NYG, OAK (0.063)3 Tied - DAL, PHI, TB (0.063)2 Tied - CIN, DEN (0.059)10
Defensive 12 On-field370.1391710.64Baltimore (0.05)Tampa Bay (0.25)Green Bay (0.222)Baltimore (0.05)110
Defensive Delay of Game40.015190.071Seattle (0.056)New Orleans (0.063)4 Tied - CHI, KC, PHI, PIT (0.063)4 Tied - CHI, KC, PHI, PIT (0.063)00
Defensive Holding1530.5737472.798Tennessee (0.063)New England (0.5)N.Y. Jets (0.75)Washington (0.059)531
Defensive Offside1820.6828743.2734 Tied - MIA, NYJ, TB, TEN (0.125)Dallas (0.75)Jacksonville (1.188)San Francisco (0.053)725
Defensive Pass Interference2530.948415315.554Atlanta (0.056)Jacksonville (0.875)Indianapolis (0.824)2 Tied - CLE, STL (0.188)285
Delay of Game1310.4916452.416Atlanta (0.056)San Diego (0.625)Washington (0.412)New England (0.056)20
Disqualification20.007350.131Minnesota (0.059)Philadelphia (0.063)2 Tied - DET, TEN (0.063)2 Tied - DET, TEN (0.063)00
Encroachment690.2583331.247Baltimore (0.05)Detroit (0.5)St. Louis (0.375)Baltimore (0.05)10
Face Mask (15 Yards)760.2859433.532Atlanta (0.056)San Francisco (0.263)2 Tied - JAC, TB (0.375)Seattle (0.056)23
Fair Catch Interference70.0261050.393Baltimore (0.05)2 Tied - CAR, CLE (0.125)Oakland (0.125)Baltimore (0.05)01
False Start6172.311302411.326Atlanta (0.611)2 Tied - BUF, DAL (1.75)Minnesota (1.765)Tennessee (0.563)11
Horse Collar Tackle260.0973541.3263 Tied - ATL, NE, SEA (0.056)6 Tied - CHI, DAL, DET, KC, NYG, TEN (0.125)Chicago (0.188)3 Tied - ATL, HOU, SEA (0.056)00
Illegal Bat10.004100.037Oakland (0.063)Oakland (0.063)San Diego (0.063)San Diego (0.063)11
Illegal Blindside Block50.019660.247Cincinnati (0.059)4 Tied - ARI, JAC, PHI, STL (0.063)3 Tied - NO, PHI, TB (0.063)2 Tied - IND, MIN (0.059)20
Illegal Block Above the Waist1120.41910193.8162 Tied - JAC, NO (0.063)Houston (0.5)N.Y. Jets (0.438)3 Tied - BUF, PHI, PIT (0.063)103
Illegal Contact680.2553481.3033 Tied - ATL, NE, SEA (0.056)Cleveland (0.375)Indianapolis (0.353)San Francisco (0.053)152
Illegal Crackback30.011290.109Houston (0.056)2 Tied - CLE, DET (0.063)2 Tied - NYG, TEN (0.063)Minnesota (0.059)00
Illegal Cut000010
Illegal Formation420.1572100.787Seattle (0.056)St. Louis (0.25)2 Tied - CLE, SD (0.313)2 Tied - GB, NE (0.056)160
Illegal Forward Pass60.022280.105Green Bay (0.056)Philadelphia (0.125)3 Tied - JAC, NO, NYG (0.063)New England (0.056)01
Illegal Kick000010
Illegal Motion170.064830.311San Francisco (0.053)2 Tied - JAC, STL (0.125)N.Y. Jets (0.25)Baltimore (0.05)31
Illegal Shift190.071940.352Atlanta (0.056)Dallas (0.188)Cleveland (0.188)Seattle (0.056)100
Illegal Substitution130.049580.217Seattle (0.056)Jacksonville (0.188)Cincinnati (0.176)Houston (0.056)00
Illegal Touch Kick90.034300.112Baltimore (0.05)N.Y. Jets (0.125)6 Tied - KC, NO, NYJ, OAK, PIT, STL (0.063)Houston (0.056)30
Illegal Touch Pass70.026350.131Atlanta (0.056)4 Tied - ARI, JAC, STL, TB (0.063)6 Tied - CAR, DAL, NO, NYJ, PHI, STL (0.063)New England (0.056)81
Illegal Use of Hands810.3035181.94Washington (0.059)Philadelphia (0.438)Denver (0.471)San Francisco (0.053)190
Illegal Wedge20.007120.045Indianapolis (0.059)Tampa Bay (0.063)2 Tied - KC, MIA (0.063)2 Tied - KC, MIA (0.063)00
Ineligible Downfield Kick50.019250.094Green Bay (0.056)2 Tied - CLE, OAK (0.063)3 Tied - ARI, CLE, NO (0.063)Seattle (0.056)00
Ineligible Downfield Pass60.022300.112Houston (0.056)Indianapolis (0.118)5 Tied - BUF, CAR, MIA, NO, NYJ (0.063)Baltimore (0.05)60
Intentional Grounding300.1123631.36San Francisco (0.053)New Orleans (0.25)N.Y. Jets (0.188)San Francisco (0.053)10
Interference with Opportunity to Catch40.015600.225Houston (0.056)2 Tied - CLE, TEN (0.063)2 Tied - DET, PHI (0.063)2 Tied - HOU, NE (0.056)10
Invalid Fair Catch Signal10.00450.019N.Y. Jets (0.063)N.Y. Jets (0.063)San Diego (0.063)San Diego (0.063)00
Kickoff Out of Bounds20.00750.0192 Tied - OAK, TEN (0.063)2 Tied - OAK, TEN (0.063)Cleveland (0.063)Minnesota (0.059)00
Leaping10.004100.037Houston (0.056)Houston (0.056)Green Bay (0.056)Green Bay (0.056)00
Low Block70.026830.3112 Tied - NE, SEA (0.056)4 Tied - BUF, MIA, PHI, SD (0.063)Miami (0.125)San Francisco (0.053)20
Neutral Zone Infraction1200.4495812.176New England (0.056)St. Louis (0.688)Green Bay (0.556)3 Tied - ATL, HOU, NE (0.056)50
Offensive 12 On-field80.03400.15Baltimore (0.05)Kansas City (0.188)2 Tied - CLE, OAK (0.125)2 Tied - NYJ, PIT (0.063)11
Offensive Holding6422.404611122.888Atlanta (0.5)Pittsburgh (2)New Orleans (1.813)Dallas (0.688)10615
Offensive Offside50.019250.094San Francisco (0.053)2 Tied - DET, NYJ (0.063)4 Tied - DET, JAC, MIA, SD (0.063)Denver (0.059)00
Offensive Pass Interference790.2967692.88San Francisco (0.053)New England (0.389)Indianapolis (0.471)Seattle (0.056)71
Offside on Free Kick170.064850.3182 Tied - HOU, NE (0.056)2 Tied - ARI, TEN (0.188)Washington (0.176)San Francisco (0.053)01
Personal Foul830.31111434.281New England (0.056)Baltimore (0.55)N.Y. Giants (0.5)San Francisco (0.053)416
Player Out of Bounds on Punt160.06800.33 Tied - ATL, HOU, SEA (0.056)Kansas City (0.125)Cincinnati (0.176)Houston (0.056)00
Roughing the Kicker70.0261050.393Minnesota (0.059)Tampa Bay (0.125)5 Tied - CAR, CHI, DAL, MIA, OAK (0.063)New England (0.056)00
Roughing the Passer900.33712124.539Atlanta (0.056)Jacksonville (0.438)Miami (0.438)Denver (0.059)42
Running Into the Kicker60.022300.112Baltimore (0.05)4 Tied - DET, SD, STL, TB (0.063)San Francisco (0.105)Seattle (0.056)40
Taunting60.022900.337Baltimore (0.05)2 Tied - CHI, TB (0.063)Green Bay (0.111)2 Tied - IND, MIN (0.059)02
Tripping60.022470.1764 Tied - ARI, DET, JAC, PIT (0.063)San Francisco (0.105)Seattle (0.111)Baltimore (0.05)00
Unnecessary Roughness1760.65924309.1012 Tied - PIT, SD (0.063)Baltimore (0.8)Seattle (0.778)Dallas (0.063)116
Unsportsmanlike Conduct480.186522.4422 Tied - GB, NE (0.056)2 Tied - IND, WAS (0.235)Cincinnati (0.412)Baltimore (0.05)25

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
11620617309011617412.88108.135.637.251.060.25
21621318639811522613.31116.446.137.191.380.38
316234207011511924614.63129.387.197.441.50.38
4151711545789325211.41035.26.21.670.13
5141771470879027612.641056.216.431.930.43
61419616609010630014118.576.437.572.140
7131591293837618812.2399.466.385.851.380.62
81414711707869231010.583.575.574.931.640.71
9141851544909524213.21110.296.436.791.710.14
10141761515809618212.57108.215.716.861.290.14
11141841597869816213.14114.076.1471.140.14
121618815148710124211.7594.635.446.311.50.13
1316209175210510420613.06109.56.566.51.250.38
1416201163411091201012.56102.136.885.691.250.63
151621118801159634613.19117.57.1962.130.38
16161801536889229611.25965.55.751.810.38
17161731420759826410.8188.754.696.131.630.25
184392982118309.7574.55.254.50.750
194483792622401294.756.55.510
2021515469107.57734.50.50
21175352127535212
Totals2673319280771613170640684249.42103.9123126.429.77.5