Here is where the NFC East compares to the rest of the league for penalties and penalty yardage:
|20||Seahawks (2 games)||20||125|
|30||Packers (2 games)||14||131|
As you can see, the Cowboys lead the league in penalties with 36, or 12 per game. In Week 3 against the Buccaneers, they had 15. The biggest offender was the Dallas OL. Four of those penalties against Tampa helped stall drives, as the offense could not move the ball all day against a bad Buccaneers defense.
The Redskins lead the league in penalty yards. The most high profile of the penalties was of course Josh Morgan’s meltdown against the Rams, when he threw the football at Rams CB Cortland Finnegan. That penalty moved the Redskins back from the Rams 29, which would have been a reasonable 46 yard game-tying FG attempt, way back to the Rams 44, where they instead attempted a 62 yarder that fell comically short.
Then yesterday, with one last chance to take a shot at the end zone, Fred Davis started sprinting down the field 2 seconds before the the ball was snapped, drawing a false start penalty, and while the officials were trying to sort out confusion over whether or not there would be a 10 second runoff, the Skins were hit with an unexplained unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Those two penalties moved them from the Cincy 34 all the way back to their own 41.
The Eagles, meanwhile, almost lost to the Browns Week 1. Mass perception will tell you that they almost lost because Michael Vick threw 4 interceptions (and that perception is correct), but lost in that slopfest of a game was the fact that the Eagles committed 14 penalties, many of which stalled drives and negated long runs by LeSean McCoy.
Here are the individual league leaders in penalties. Note that two Cowboys (Cowboys OTs Tyron Smith and Doug Free) lead the league with 6, while DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten each have chipped in with 4 a piece:
Also of note is that Eagles backup LT Demetress Bell has 3 penalties in limited action.