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.

2018 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 0.5 Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona1611501000000
Atlanta16115001115010
Baltimore1723000200000
Buffalo1600000230002
Carolina160000000000
Chicago170000000000
Cincinnati160000000000
Cleveland1611500100000
Dallas1811501000000
Denver1600000115010
Detroit160000000000
Green Bay1600000115010
Houston1700000115001
Indianapolis1811500100000
Jacksonville16226020115010
Kansas City1800000225011
LA Rams19225020115001
LA Chargers180000000000
Miami1611501000000
Minnesota16115010115001
New England1900000111001
New Orleans1811500100000
N.Y. Giants160000000000
N.Y. Jets1611501000000
Oakland160000000000
Philadelphia18115010115001
Pittsburgh160000000000
San Francisco1600000115001
Seattle170000000000
Tampa Bay1600000115010
Tennessee1600000115001
Washington160000000000
Totals267162310106162310610
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