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In the 2013 postseason, three teams played in three games. They were San Fransisco (14 penalties), Denver (15 penalties) and Seattle (24 penalties). Seattle won the title while committing the most penalties during both the regular season, and in the playoffs.

In the 2012 postseason, only one team played in 4 games (Baltimore) and one team played in three games (San Fransisco). Baltimore (24 penalties) won the title while averaging the most penalties per game in the postseason (6). They also scored second place for the most penalties during the regular season.

The following information is all based upon the most penalized teams over the last decade (2004 – 2013) Is this TTL (top ten list) one that you want your team to be on?

During the past decade, the Oakland Raiders continued their reputation of being the dirtiest team in football. They managed to be the only team to make the TTL every single year, and they did it in convincing style. Oakland was in the top 5, eight out of the ten years, ranking #1 four times and #2 twice.

Perhaps Oaklands coaching change helped a little the last two years. The #'s in the columns beneath each year indicate the rank that team had that year, and the number 1 is the team with the most penalties. A bold # or a W means the team won the SB that year. A W indicates a year they won but were not on the TTL.

TEAM / YEAR>>>

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

Oakland Raiders

5

T8

1

1

2

3

2

7

1

1

St. Louis Rams

2

1

8

10

-

-

-

T3

T8

3

Arizona Cardinals

-

-

-

7

7

5

1

2

2

T4

Baltimore Ravens

T6

2

-

-

T3

7

6

8

4

-

Dallas Cowboys

-

3

5

6

T3

1

8

-

-

-

Detroit Lions

T8

-

3

2

-

-

-

T3

-

8

Philadelphia Eagles

-

-

-

3

T3

-

-

T5

6

T4

Minnesota Vikings

-

-

10

-

9

-

-

1

10

-

Tennessee Titans

-

10

-

4

-

4

T9

-

-

-

San Fran 49ers

-

7

T6

5

-

10

-

-

-

-

Carolina Panthers

-

-

T6

8

-

-

-

10

-

7

Chicago Bears

-

-

-

-

10

-

5

5

-

T4

Seattle Seahawks

1

6

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Green Bay Packers

-

-

W

-

1

2

4

-

-

-

Tampa Bay Buccs

3

-

4

-

-

-

-

-

T8

-

Cleveland Browns

-

5

-

-

-

9

3

-

-

-

Buffalo Bills

T8

-

-

-

8

-

-

-

-

T8

New York Giants

-

-

W

-

-

8

-

-

3

-

N. Orleans Saints

-

-

-

W

-

-

-

-

5

2

Wash Redskins

-

4

-

-

-

-

-

9

-

-

Houston Texans

T6

T8

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Kansas City Chiefs

-

-

9

-

-

-

9

-

-

-

New York Jets

10

-

-

9

-

-

-

-

-

-

Denver Broncos

4

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Cincinnati Bengals

-

-

-

-

6

-

-

-

-

-

Jacksonville Jags

-

-

-

-

-

6

-

-

-

-

Atlanta Falcons

-

-

-

-

-

-

7

-

-

-

Miami Dolphins

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

7

-

TEAM / YEAR>>>

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

Only 4 NFL teams have not made this TTL over the past decade. They are the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers.

Three from that group won Super bowls during this decade. New England (once), Indianapolis (once) and Pittsburgh (won twice). That would make us think that staying off of this TTL has it's rewards, right?

The NY Giants only made the list twice in the decade. They won the SB twice as well, and one of those times was when they ranked 8th on the TTL. That's not too bad next to the Raiders, but then almost every team looks good next to Joakland.

Teams that made the list won 6 out of the last 10 Super Bowls, but only three of them were on the list when they won it all. The Seahawks ranked #1 (2014), the Ravens ranked #2 (2013) & the Giants ranked #8 (2010). It's starting to look like a modern day trend.

Here are the last ten SB winners and losers, and where they ranked for penalties that year.

2005 – 2014 SUPER BOWL TEAMS – NFL.com TOTAL PENALTY RANKINGS

YEAR

WINNER

RANK

LOSER

RANK

2005

New England

27th

Philadelphia

T-4th

2006

Pittsburgh

25th

Seattle

30th

2007

Indianapolis

26th

Chicago

5th

2008

N Y Giants

8th

New England

T-25th

2009

Pittsburgh

22nd

Arizona

4th

2010

New Orleans

20th

Indianapolis

31st

2011

Green Bay

29th

Pittsburgh

12th

2012

N Y Giants

22nd

New England

27th

2013

Baltimore

2nd

San Francisco

7th

2014

Seattle

1st

Denver

4th

Note: Coincidentally the same year Denver made the Super Bowl they made this list. Seattle didn't make the TTL until the last three years!

Was it a change in coaching philosophy in Seattle, or the type of players they've been targetting in the draft? Perhaps a bit of both. Perhaps the change in the coaching concepts determined the type of players they began to target.

Seven of the last ten Superbowls were won by teams who ranked in the bottom half of the league for the least penalties during the regular season. At the same time 6 of the ten winners had also been penalised more that their SB opponent had during the season.

The last two years took a strange change where all the participants had been heavily penalized throughout the year. However, 5 of the teams who got to the dance and lost were in the TTL for most penalized teams during the regular season.

It seems to me that the NFL Officiating Committee would be taking a hard look at the teams that tend to commit an abnormal number of penalties, and specifically target players whom they know are attempting to get away with it.

It would be a watch list of sorts, where the back zebras get a list of #'s for offenders on that team. Then during that game whoever is in his area pays a little extra attention to that # when it's on the field. Perhaps that would put teams on notice that teaching players to cheat won't be allowed.

I'm still not certain that this is a significant trend that will sweep the NFL, but it has me curious enough to go back and look at the previous decade of SB Winners & Losers to see how they compare.

Last Summer I went on a longevity rampage. This Summer looks like it's going to be about penalties.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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