Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Browns

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 (tied for second-fewest/12 games)

Browns' total accepted penalties: 82 (tied for ninth most)

NFL team with fewest accepted penalties (on average): Colts, with 4.16 per game

NFL team with most accepted penalties: Buccaneers, with 8.16 per game

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

Key stat: For the second time this season, the Patriots weren't called for a penalty in a game (Oct. 6 vs. Cincinnati; Dec. 1 vs. Texans).

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: The Colts have been the league-leader for fewest penalties for most of the season, but the gap has narrowed. The Patriots and Dolphins are tied for second fewest accepted penalties this season, with one more penalty apiece than the Colts. ... Jerome Boger is assigned to referee Sunday's game between the Patriots and Texans.