Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Texans

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: 58

Patriots' total accepted penalties: 51 (fourth-fewest on average/11 games)

Texans' total accepted penalties: 73 (tied for 12th most)

NFL team with fewest accepted penalties (on average): Colts, with 4.0 per game

NFL team with most accepted penalties: Buccaneers, with 8.54 per game

Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (11), false start (10), defensive pass interference (5).

Key stat: No special teams penalties in Sunday night's win over the Broncos.

Most penalized Patriots: G Logan Mankins (7), CB Aqib Talib (4); CB Kyle Arrington (3), G Marcus Cannon (3), G Dan Connolly (3) WR Julian Edelman (3), DE Chandler Jones (3), LT Nate Solder (3),

Summary: Tight end Matthew Mulligan (offensive holding) and receiver Danny Amendola (questionable offensive pass interference) picked up their first penalties of the season in Sunday night's win over the Broncos. Once again, penalties weren't a big factor in the game as the Patriots continue to be one of the league's least penalized teams. ... Peter Morelli is assigned to referee Sunday's game between the Patriots and Texans.