Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Steelers

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

Patriots' total penalties: 45

Patriots' total accepted penalties: 38 (fifth-fewest on average/8 games)

Steelers' total accepted penalties: 34 (sixth-fewest on average/7 games)

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

NFL team with most accepted penalties: Jets, with 8.5 per game

Most frequent Patriots penalty: Offensive holding (10) and false start (8)

Key stat: One week after being penalized three times on special teams, were penalized three more times on special teams on Sunday's win over the Dolphins

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

Summary: The increasing number of penalties on special teams has surely been addressed by the coaching staff, although the Patriots remain one of the NFL's least-penalized teams. This reflects a well-coached club. ... Walt Coleman is the referee assigned to Sunday's game.