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.

2018 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 18.31 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona16209509112310901211
Atlanta1616800882411001410
Baltimore1726130015111575096
Buffalo16219509121680097
Carolina16188906121155083
Chicago17199401091680097
Cincinnati16311540171416800115
Cleveland161145092221050814
Dallas1814610861260057
Denver16945054261300818
Detroit16136501031044046
Green Bay1616780124241190717
Houston1725125013122512501312
Indianapolis1819920613221050913
Jacksonville1613640491468068
Kansas City1827134017101260066
LA Rams1915742871675079
LA Chargers181260066209501010
Miami16178008919910712
Minnesota16167301241681079
New England1920100091118900711
New Orleans1814700681365076
N.Y. Jets1622110010121468077
N.Y. Giants16199201273115301219
Oakland1623115010131465059
Philadelphia182110401110241200159
Pittsburgh168400352512501312
San Francisco16251260151014692311
Seattle17209901282110101110
Tampa Bay16167501151676097
Tennessee161365067211030138
Washington162713009181677097
Totals2675862859230628058628592280306
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