Every Thursday, we'll explore the New England Patriots' penalty breakdown in comparison with the team's next opponent, while adding a few league-wide stats.
Patriots' total penalties: 48
Patriots' total accepted penalties: 41 (fifth-fewest on average/9 games)
Panthers' total accepted penalties: 44 (sixth-fewest on average/9 games)
NFL team with fewest accepted penalties (on average): Colts, with 3.66 per game
NFL team with most accepted penalties: Jets, with 8.44 per game
Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (10) and false start (9)
Key stat: Just four defensive-pass-interference penalties.
Summary: Monday night's matchup features two of the least-penalized teams in the NFL. As Bill Belichick said when speaking of the Panthers this week, "Well coached, not very many penalties, doing a good job protecting the ball, turning it over." The Panthers finished with just three penalties in last Sunday's impressive 10-9 win over the 49ers.