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.

2017 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 16.5 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona16178507102311001112
Atlanta18188907112110401110
Baltimore1613650581574096
Buffalo179441451681097
Carolina1712560571365067
Chicago16209911281470068
Cincinnati161260010218900126
Cleveland1614690681572069
Dallas1694503621970138
Denver161889061219940910
Detroit16115503814700104
Green Bay1613640581470059
Houston161987161315740510
Indianapolis1621105016519950910
Jacksonville19241150121217820611
Kansas City172010001371259084
LA Rams1722107012101678079
LA Chargers1617840981155056
Miami162211001392210811111
Minnesota18136001031676088
New England19168007914710104
New Orleans1863002419940127
N.Y. Jets1614700951889099
N.Y. Giants161679010619960712
Oakland161993012711550110
Philadelphia19199401181260066
Pittsburgh17157208717771512
San Francisco16231130131019930109
Seattle162211001012219901011
Tampa Bay16199508111260048
Tennessee181783051217841107
Washington161885012618900711
Totals2675282592327125752825923257271
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