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Too many men: Patriots very good at making other teams look bad

The Patriots are the best team in the league this season when it comes to making opposing defenses look silly.

Blown coverages happen. Sure. And players find themselves on the wrong end of physical mismatches all the time. But, against the Patriots, teams are more likely to break one of the simplest rules in the game than they are against anyone else.

Bill Belichick's club leads the NFL with six 12-men-on-the-field penalties drawn this season. Second in that category? The Vikings and Packers, tied with two.

The Patriots picked up a too-many-men call against the Broncos on Sunday night in the fourth quarter when they were set to punt -- a first for them this season.