Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact

Definition

It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The rule applies to all players on the field at all times, and contact does not have to be to an opponent's head or neck area; lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent's torso, hips or lower body is also a penalty.

Outcome

15 yards. If committed on defense; automatic first down. The player may be disqualified.

2019 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 0.25 Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona20000000000
Atlanta222300200000
Baltimore200000115001
Buffalo20000000000
Carolina20000000100
Chicago20000000000
Cincinnati20000000000
Cleveland10000000000
Dallas20010000000
Denver200000114001
Detroit20000000000
Green Bay20000000000
Houston20000000000
Indianapolis20000000000
Jacksonville200000230020
Kansas City223000200000
LA Rams20010000000
LA Chargers20000000000
Miami2115010115010
Minnesota200000223020
New England211500100000
New Orleans20000000000
N.Y. Jets10000000000
N.Y. Giants20000000100
Oakland211401000000
Philadelphia20000000000
Pittsburgh20000000000
San Francisco200000115001
Seattle20000000000
Tampa Bay211501000000
Tennessee20000000000
Washington20000000000
Totals3181122358112253
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