BYE WEEK VILLE – The Falcons committed 11 penalties for 80 yards against Detroit.
The Falcons are fourth in the NFL with 50 penalties. Last season they were the least-penalized team in the league with 57 infractions.
Detroit leads the league with 71 followed by Chicago (56), Washington (54) and Atlanta (50). Jacksonville and New England also have 50 penalties.
The Oakland Raiders, the perennial bad boys of the league, are eighth with 46 penalties.
The Falcons and the Lions combined for 21 penalties and 164 yards in that 23-16 smash-dancing fest last Sunday.
[Note to self. . . . make sure to ask Smitty what the bye-week "drill down" revealed about the 50 penalties in seven games.]
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog