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NFC West Penalty Watch: OL flags

The Arizona Cardinals have dramatically reduced penalties in recent weeks.

Officials flagged Arizona 37 times in the Cardinals' first four games and only 14 times in the subsequent three. The 37 penalties through four weeks was the third highest total in the league. The 14 penalties in the past four weeks, which included Arizona's bye, rank as the third lowest total.

The team's offensive line -- Levi Brown, Alan Faneca, Lyle Sendlein, Deuce Lutui and Brandon Keith -- has kept down penalties all season, committing only six assessed or declined penalties all season. That is down from 18 at this point last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

No offensive line has committed fewer penalties this season. The average is about 15 per team.

Faneca and the San Francisco 49ers' David Baas are the only regular NFC West starting offensive linemen without any penalties this season.

Niners rookie Anthony Davis is the division's only lineman with more than five penalties this season. He has seven. Three of the four NFC West linemen with five penalties play for the Rams: tackles Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith, and center Jason Brown. Seattle guard Stacy Andrews also has five.

The chart shows assessed and declined totals against NFC West offensive linemen through Week 8.

2010 OL Penalties: Weeks 1-8