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A plague of penalty flags rains down on the NFL

A plague of penalty flags rains down on the NFL

Bad weather has yet to hit NFL games this season, but yellow flags have been raining from the start.

There were 884 penalties called in the first three weeks of games, an NFL record. Oakland and Tampa Bay are tied with the most flags, 33, and Arizona has had the fewest, 17. The most common offense so far? Offensive holding, which through Week 3 had been whistled 154 times.

But Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells said all the penalties are having the biggest effect on defenses.

"Defense is just a rumor in the NFL these days; they've made the rules that way," said Parcells, who called the recent rash of flags "ludicrous."

"There are too many...

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