Flags aren't flying in NFC South

I’ve just started to scan through the packet of numbers that ESPN’s Stats & Information sends out each week. I’ll share plenty of that with you as the week goes on, but let’s start it now.

The first thing that jumped out at me -- and this is positive news for every NFC South team -- is how the four division teams stack up in being called for penalties. In fact, the division is shining in this area.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have played only three games because of their bye, are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the fewest penalties (14) around the league. The New Orleans Saints rank third with 16 penalties.

The Atlanta Falcons are tied for seventh place with 19 penalties and the Carolina Panthers are tied for No. 9 with 21 penalties.

Tennessee and Detroit are tied for the most penalties in the league with 37.