Penalty watch: Offside on a kickoff again

(A weekly look at the New England Patriots' penalties, both from a player and infraction standpoint.)

The New England Patriots lead the AFC with 28 total penalties, 24 of which have been accepted. One of those penalties was deliberately taken by the team, a delay-of -game infraction in Minnesota to create more room for a punt. Six of them also came after the team had built a 30-7 lead over the Vikings in the fourth quarter this past Sunday.

Still, Bill Belichick would like to eliminate some of the bad football, such as back-to-back weeks with an offside penalty on a kickoff (Brandon LaFell in the opener, Duron Harmon in Week 2). Offensive tackle Nate Solder also picked up three penalties in a span of two plays this past Sunday.

Here is the weekly breakdown:


Nate Solder -- 4

Dont'a Hightower -- 3

Chandler Jones -- 2

Brandon LaFell -- 2

Logan Ryan -- 2

15 tied with one apiece


Holding (offensive) -- 5

Pass interference (offensive) -- 3

Roughing the passer -- 3

False start -- 2

Illegal block above the waist (special teams) -- 2

Offside (special teams) -- 2

Pass interference -- 2

9 penalties tied with 1

LOOKING AHEAD TO WEEK 3: Veteran referee Pete Morelli has been assigned Sunday's game between the Patriots and Raiders.