Found July 06, 2012 on
As a supplement to my previous article about the Philadelphia Eagles getting back to the basics, I wanted to throw in some penalty statistics that may be of interest…or concern.
A reader brought up a point about getting killed with penalties on third-down last year that either kept the opponent’s drive alive, or thwarted our own drive. Since I can remember that penalties were, in fact, a problem, I thought that would be an interesting thing to look up.
Penalties are a part of the game, but I still find it frustrating, and at the same time, interesting, how penalties can alter the outcome of a game. Especially when they happen on third-down.
Well, after some vigorous Google searches and perusals of several sites that keep stats, I came away disappointed that I couldn’t find any site that tracked such a thing. Therefore, I had to do it the old-fashioned way and sift through every game’s play-by-play.
I only looked for defensive penalties that occurred on ...
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