NFC West penalty watch: What's trending

We had a couple penalty-related questions from the NFC West chat Thursday. A few notes on those, and on related matters:

Penalties Through Five Games

  • Arizona Cardinals: Left tackle D'Anthony Batiste leads the Cardinals with five penalties, one more than cornerback William Gay has incurred. Cornerback Patrick Peterson, who had 11 last season, has three so far. That puts him on a similar pace (9.6 over 16 games).

  • St. Louis Rams: Offensive linemen Rodger Saffold, Robert Turner and Barry Richardson have three penalties apiece. Right guard Harvey Dahl has two. The Rams rank 18th in fewest penalties with 37. They ranked tied for 25th-fewest penalties last season (131).

  • San Francisco 49ers: Offensive players incurred six penalties against the Buffalo Bills. That more than doubled the season total for the 49ers. That figure reflects penalties against players listed at offensive positions on first, second and third downs. The 10 such penalties against San Francisco are tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL. Seattle has 29, six more than any other team has through Week 5. The chart above shows the 49ers with the NFC West's fewest penalties this season. The 2011 figures for San Francisco jumped in Week 6 when officials flagged the team 17 times (15 assessed) during a victory at Detroit.

  • Seattle Seahawks: Right tackle Breno Giacomini has six penalties, three short of his total for last season. Six NFL players have more penalties than Giacomini since the start of the 2011 season. Two of them are his teammates (Brandon Browner with 23, a league high, and Russell Okung with 16). Okung has seven penalties this season, two short of his total last season.

2012 NFL Penalty Leaders Through Week 5