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 0.84 Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona1600000230011
Atlanta16223002225111
Baltimore1700000115001
Buffalo170000000000
Carolina16115001345121
Chicago160000000000
Cincinnati16115001115010
Cleveland1611500100000
Dallas1600100115001
Denver1600000114001
Detroit1633811200000
Green Bay180000000000
Houston180000000000
Indianapolis160000000000
Jacksonville16115001331030
Kansas City1934501200000
LA Rams1611511000000
LA Chargers1600000230002
Miami16230020115010
Minnesota1800000446140
New England1711500100000
New Orleans1711510100000
N.Y. Giants160000000100
N.Y. Jets1611001115010
Oakland1611401000000
Philadelphia1700000115010
Pittsburgh1600000115010
San Francisco19115010230011
Seattle1823000200000
Tampa Bay1634002100000
Tennessee1911500100000
Washington16115001115010
Totals267273714918273714189
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