Penalties continue to haunt Cincinnati Bengals

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones (center) is restrained by cornerback Terrence Newman (23) after being called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by back judge Todd Prukop (30) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports


If you read are earlier article on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, then you’ll know how he’s been incurring penalties at an alarming rate, but he certainly isn’t the only reason the Bengals are among the worst in the NFL when it comes to free yardage given up.

The Bengals rank 19th in the NFL with 6.7 penalties per game, and are 24th in terms of penalty yardage at 62.2 ypg. That little yellow flag is holding back a good team from becoming a great or even elite team in a conference lacking elite teams not named the Denver Broncos.

That’s unacceptable for a team claiming they want to win a Super Bowl, as those mistakes could easily be the difference in a one-possession game in the postseason.

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