Falcons head coach Mike Smith, left, talks to head linesman Steve Stelljes, right, after challenging a call in the first half against Seattle. They zebras have thrown 27 penalties on the Falcons this season. AP
FLOWERY BRANCH – On their march to the NFC South title last season, the Falcons played near penalty-free football with just 58 penalties. The Falcons have incurred 27 infractions and been fined $47,500 by the league over the first quarter of the season.
They are on pace to register 108 penalties. Last season, Arizona was the seventh most penalized team with 108 penalties. The Oakland Raiders led the league with 148 infractions.
(LOOKS LIKE HOLDING TO ME?) Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson makes a leaping pass over Falcons defender Peria Jerry. AP
One of the Falcons’ trademarks under coach Mike Smith has been their ability to play solid, fundamentally-sound football and not shoot themselves in the foot with penalties. In addition to leading the league last season