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Packers Lead League In Penalty Yardage


GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) The Green Bay Packers will try to clean up their act when they start practicing today for their next game on Sunday night at Houston. The Packers have the most penalty yards in the N-F-L, with 390. And they’ve attracted the fourth-highest number of flags with 40 – a definite factor behind their 2-and-3 record.

It’s a far cry from a year ago, when Green Bay committed just 76 penalties for 591 yards. They were tied for the league low in penalty yards, during a season in which the Pack went 15-and-1. Fullback John Kuhn said the Packers are trying to be a more physical team – but they need to do it in a correct and more fundamentally-sound fashion.Left tackle Marshall Newhouse says it comes down to executing better, and being more professional.

The Packer defense was the main culprit in last Sunday’s loss at Indianapolis. They lost the chance to get a turnover when linebacker Nick Perry appeared to hit Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck with the crown of his helmet. He was called for roughing the passer, and it negated a fumble by Luck that was recovered by Packers’ linebacker D-J Smith.

Also, the Packers cannot blame the replacement officials for their high numbers of penalties. They were flagged an average of eight times in the three games with the substitute refs – and they’ve also averaged eight in their last two games under the so-called “real refs.”