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

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona300000115010
Atlanta322300200000
Baltimore300000115001
Buffalo30000000000
Carolina311500100100
Chicago20000000000
Cincinnati30000000000
Cleveland311500100000
Dallas30010000000
Denver300000114001
Detroit30000000000
Green Bay30000000000
Houston30000000000
Indianapolis30000000000
Jacksonville300000230020
Kansas City323000200000
LA Rams30010000000
LA Chargers30000000000
Miami3115010115010
Minnesota300000223020
New England311500100000
New Orleans30000000000
N.Y. Giants30000000100
N.Y. Jets300000115010
Oakland311401000000
Philadelphia30000000000
Pittsburgh30000000000
San Francisco300000115001
Seattle30000000000
Tampa Bay311501000000
Tennessee30000000000
Washington20000000000
Totals471014223710142273
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