The Green Bay Packers are finally pulling it together after starting the 2012 NFL season a bit slowly. The Packers lost two of their first five games, but are winners of four straight after their 31-17 victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
One reason for this success is the fact Green Bay has limited their penalties drastically over the course of the season. The Packers have only committed a combined 13 penalties for 119 yards over the past four games, as their average of 3.25 penalties per contest leads the league over that span.
To take it a step further Green Bay allowed only one penalty, a false start courtesy of tight end Jermichael Finley, in four quarters against Arizona. The Packers still rank 10th in the NFL with an average of 5.9 penalties per game, but a few more solid performances of staying in line should bring that number down.
Head coaches around the league are sticklers when it comes to penalties because it reflects the discipline of their players and typically plays a big role in the outcome of a game. Too many times have big plays been wiped out due to penalties or final drives continued because the defense could not stay disciplined.
Not to mention, the teams with the least amount of penalties typically have the better records. For instance, the Packers ranked No. 1 in the NFL last season with an average of 4.7 penalties per game. Green Bay posted a 15-1 regular season record, which just so happened to be the best in football last year. At this midseason point this year the Atlanta Falcons are the only undefeated team in the league and they also are No. 1 in penalties per game with a 3.2 average.
The Packers will look to continue their dominance after the bye week where they can hopefully make even fewer mistakes on the gridiron.
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