It will be the tale of two distinctly different teams when it comes to penalties this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the Buccaneers host the St. Louis Rams. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Rams on Sunday, 34-6, but St. Louis did a pretty good job of beating itself, too.
The Rams enter Sunday’s game against the Bucs as the league leader in penalties with 13 for 121 yards. St. Louis was actually flagged two more times for defensive holding, but those penalties were declined. Despite playing at home, the Rams had three false starts, and were also flagged twice for holding and for offensive pass interference. St. Louis also had three personal fouls – taunting, roughing the passer and roughing the kicker.
Meanwhile, the Bucs were more composed and penalized just three times for 15 yards in their 20-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 at Raymond James Stadium. A fourth penalty for pass interference against cornerback Mike Jenkins was declined by Carolina.
Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was Tampa Bay’s leader in terms of infractions with two encroachment penalties. McCoy was the most penalized Buccaneer last year with 11 flags thrown against him, as Tampa Bay was the NFL’s third-most penalized team, drawing 121 flags for 1,136 yards.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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