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 3.63 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona3416013627051
Atlanta3210002840071
Baltimore3735043420022
Buffalo3626024315012
Carolina352501400000
Chicago3420022315012
Cincinnati3315021315030
Cleveland3420040315030
Dallas32901115001
Denver315010525032
Detroit3210020210011
Green Bay3420031210002
Houston3945045210002
Indianapolis3312003523014
Jacksonville352402329011
Kansas City3420022315012
LA Rams314010626033
LA Chargers321001126002
Miami326020420013
Minnesota3315030526032
New England315010420031
New Orleans342001315010
N.Y. Jets3735034210002
N.Y. Giants314010839035
Oakland352503211001
Philadelphia3420031420031
Pittsburgh3210011840026
San Francisco3316012525005
Seattle3315003420013
Tampa Bay3420031315021
Tennessee3210011419022
Washington3731043312030
Totals481165580605611655805660
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