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

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona500000115010
Atlanta522300200000
Baltimore500000115001
Buffalo50000000000
Carolina611500100100
Chicago50000000000
Cincinnati511500100000
Cleveland511500100000
Dallas50010000000
Denver500000114001
Detroit40000000000
Green Bay50000000000
Houston50000000000
Indianapolis50000000000
Jacksonville500000230020
Kansas City523000200000
LA Rams50010000000
LA Chargers500000115001
Miami4230020115010
Minnesota500000223020
New England611500100000
New Orleans50000000000
N.Y. Giants60000000100
N.Y. Jets400000115010
Oakland511401000000
Philadelphia50000000000
Pittsburgh500000115010
San Francisco400000115001
Seattle50000000000
Tampa Bay611501000000
Tennessee50000000000
Washington50000000000
Totals801217224812172284
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