False Start

Definition

It is a False Start if the ball has been placed ready for play, and, prior to the snap, an offensive player who has assumed a set position charges or moves in such a way as to simulate the start of a play, or if an offensive player who is in motion makes a sudden movement toward the line of scrimmage. Any quick abrupt movement by a single offensive player, or by several offensive players in unison, which simulates the start of the snap, is a false start. Exceptions: This does not apply to an offensive player under the center who turns his head or shoulders, unless the movement is an obvious attempt to draw an opponent offside.

Outcome

Loss of five yards from the line of scrimmage. The foul is enforced prior to the snap.

2016 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 18.72 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona1613620762311501310
Atlanta17199401362110401011
Baltimore161574051016800115
Buffalo16734034211050813
Carolina161470086211030138
Chicago16211050111017840611
Cincinnati1616800971575096
Cleveland162110509121781098
Dallas17157507819950910
Denver1619940712209901010
Detroit1718850711201000128
Green Bay181575041117800512
Houston18839071241200159
Indianapolis1622110013918900810
Jacksonville1620100091120940812
Kansas City17301500151520990128
Los Angeles162512301411211060714
Miami171575096211050912
Minnesota1621105018320990812
New England171785011617830107
New Orleans16209907132010001010
N.Y. Giants171470041017830512
N.Y. Jets16178503141050073
Oakland1727134011161575087
Philadelphia16261250179201000911
Pittsburgh182311101211211040912
San Diego1619910811291460920
San Francisco16157506916780115
Seattle18271350141318900108
Tampa Bay16199501451679088
Tennessee161679010620980119
Washington162512501213944063
Totals2645992964030429559929640295304
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