Prepare For Flags: Patriots-Colts Game Gets Penalty-Happy Referee Crew

Get ready for field laundry


December 15, 2021

Saturday night’s game between the Patriots and the Colts is huge for both teams and one that could be an entertaining, fast-paced affair.

… unless the officials get in the way.

New England and Indianapolis drew Carl Cheffers’ crew for their Week 16 matchup at Indianapolis. Normally, there’s little sense in monitoring referee assignments.

But Cheffers’ crew leads the NFL in total flags (192) and penalties per game with 14.76, just ahead of the 14.75 posted by Shawn Hochuli’s crew. Cheffers’ crew has worked one more game than Hochuli’s.

(All stats via

Oh, and Cheffers’ crew ranks third in the NFL in defensive pass interference penalties, fourth in offensive pass interference and first in offensive pass interference. So, get ready to see flags thrown in the secondary.

The Patriots and Colts will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports Images
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