Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Panthers

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.

Most penalized Patriots: G Logan Mankins (6), CB Kyle Arrington (3), G Marcus Cannon (3), WR Julian Edelman (3), DE Chandler Jones (3), LT Nate Solder (3)

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.