The Philadelphia Eagles had a disturbing trend of third-down penalties in 2011 that kept their opponent’s drive alive. So far through two preseason games in 2012, that trend has continued.
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Against Pittsburgh, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie committed a killer penalty when he launched himself at Byron Leftwich to make a tackle. It was 3rd and 16 and the pass had fallen incomplete.
However, instead of punting the ball away, the penalty gave the Steelers a first down and they ended up scoring a touchdown on the drive.
Against New England, it happened not only once, but twice…on the same drive!
The Patriots had a killer 13-play, 80-yard drive resulting in a touchdown that was aided by two third-down penalties on the defense.
The first one, on 3rd and 7, negated an interception by DRC. The penalty on this play, though, was a very ticky-tack call by the ref. Fletcher Cox was called for a late hit on the QB but it was in no way vicious or excessive…it was more like ...