The New England Patriots may be in the firing line at present as deflate gate rumbles on but, according to data released today, Bill Belichick and co were actually fairly well behaved during the 2014 NFL season.
In comparison, the Pats' AFC Championship game opponents - and the team supposedly on the end of the under-inflation treachery - the Indianapolis Colts have been revealed as the NFL's biggest rule breakers.
With many looking to condemn the Patriots for underhand tactics the result may come as something of a surprise with the Colts paying out over $1 million more in fines than any other NFL franchise.
The data supplied by Sportrac reveals that the Colts amassed a whopping $4.06 million in fines in relation to offenses ranging from substance abuse violations to blindside hits on the gridiron.
Much of the huge total is thanks to two players. Robert Mathis accrued a $2.06 million fine for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy in preseason while a $1.12 million fine came the Colts' way after LaRon Landry's violation of PED policy.
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The top three most fined teams in the NFL is completed by the Arizona Cardinals ($3.05) and the Baltimore Ravens ($2.74).
Patriots the model citizens
Lagging behind all the way back in 16th on the list are the New England Patriots who were forced to pay just $196,378 in fines this season.
A $116,470 punishment for wide receiver Brian Tyms (substance abuse violation) makes up the large majority of the total. Julian Edelman (throwing a ball into the stands - $5,512) and Akeem Ayers (kicking an opponent - $8,250) were amongst the other Patriots in trouble this season.
Of course, should the NFL deem the Patriots guilty of cheating when the deflate gate investigation is complete, the team could jump up the rankings. Until then Bill Belichick and co are amongst the more rule abiding organizations in the league.
The good guys
They can't quite match the efforts of Super Bowl opponents the Seattle Seahawks however, with the reigning champs accruing just $160, 343 in fines.
As for the most well-behaved team in the entire league? That accolade goes to the Houston Texans who managed to make it through the entire 2014 campaign with just two players - Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt - receiving fines. Both were for $16,537.
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