Brad Allen assigned as Patriots-Jets referee

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Referee Brad Allen has been assigned to work Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Allen is in his first season as an NFL referee and his crew averages the second fewest penalties called per game (through Week 14).

Allen worked the Patriots-Bears game Oct. 26, so this marks his second New England game of the season. The Patriots were called for seven accepted penalties in that contest.

As for the Patriots, penalties have been a hot topic of discussion among the team. They have been called for 110 accepted penalties this season. The Patriots will almost certainly surpass the high accepted-penalty total under Bill Belichick (111 in 2003) over the next two games.

"It's got to stop. I think at some point that's going to come back to bite us if we don't start playing with a little bit more discipline," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "It comes down to just attention to detail and doing the little things a little bit better. A lot of those penalties that we've had over the course of the season were avoidable. It was just mental lapses out there. We can't afford it moving forward. We've gotten away with it thus far but we're not going to continue to get away with it."

Here is the weekly Patriots breakdown (includes declined and offsetting penalties):


CB Brandon Browner -– 15

LT Nate Solder -– 9

WR Brandon LaFell -– 7

CB Logan Ryan -– 7

TE Rob Gronkowski -– 6

S Patrick Chung -– 5

LB Jamie Collins -- 5

OL Jordan Devey -– 5

C Bryan Stork -– 5

CB Malcolm Butler -– 4

OL Marcus Cannon -– 4

CB Darrelle Revis -– 4

Seven tied with 3 apiece


False start -– 19

Holding (offensive) -– 16

Holding (defensive) -– 14

Pass interference (defense) -– 11

Holding (special teams) -– 7

Illegal block above the waist (special teams) -– 7

Illegal use of hands -– 7

Unnecessary roughness -– 7

Pass interference (offensive) -– 6

Facemask -– 4

Illegal contact -– 3

Offside (special teams) -– 3

Roughing the passer -– 3