Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Bengals

(Every Thursday leading off the day, we'll explore the New England Patriots' penalty breakdown in comparison with the team's opponent, while adding a few league-wide stats.)

Total penalties: 27

Total accepted penalties: 22 (a total of 9 teams average fewer)

Bengals' total accepted penalties: 25 (a total of 14 teams average fewer)

NFL team with fewest accepted penalties (on average): Colts, with 3.5 per game

NFL team with most accepted penalties: Jets, with 11.0 per game

Most frequent Patriots penalty: False start (6)

Key stat: The Patriots have had back to back games with 9 accepted penalties.

Most penalized Patriot: CB Kyle Arrington, G/OT Marcus Cannon, G Dan Connolly, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DE Chandler Jones, G Logan Mankins, LT Nate Solder, tied with 2

SUMMARY: Of the Patriots' 27 penalties, nine have come against offensive linemen. ... The team had three illegal shift penalties Sunday night against the Falcons. On the season, the only other penalties called more often against the team are false start (6) and offensive holding (4). ... Gene Steratore is assigned to referee Sunday's game between the Patriots and Bengals.