One of the bigger stories that lingered from last weekend was Flozell Adams' unsportsmanlike blindside hit.
The Dallas Cowboys left tackle was fined $50,000 for jacking New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck from behind on a missed field goal. After the whistle, Adams and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka tried to snap each other's heads off like dandelions.
So that got me to wondering who the AFC East's nasty boys have been this year.
I've been sharing overall penalty counts within the division every Saturday, but this week I wanted to outline who has been flagged for the most 15-yard penalties this year. The NFL rulebook outlines 19 penalties that draw 15 yards, including face mask, roughing the passer, chop blocks and such.
Of the 65 players who have been busted for more than one major penalty, eight hail from the AFC East.
Byrd's penalties cost the Bills 28 yards on two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. He also had an offsetting unnecessary roughness. Lockett's penalties were worth 26 yards on a face mask and a taunting. Lockett had an illegal blindside block declined.
The rest of the rundown with two 15-yard penalties apiece: Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork, Jets safety James Ihedigbo (one of only four NFL players to be kicked out of a game this year) and Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.