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.

2020 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

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

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona60000000000
Atlanta600000230002
Baltimore60000000000
Buffalo60000000100
Carolina60000000000
Chicago611500100000
Cincinnati600100115101
Cleveland611501000000
Dallas611501000000
Denver50000000000
Detroit500000115010
Green Bay511500100000
Houston60000000000
Indianapolis60010000000
Jacksonville60000000000
Kansas City60000000000
Las Vegas50010000000
LA Rams611500100000
LA Chargers50010000100
Miami60000000000
Minnesota6115010115110
New England50000000000
New Orleans50000000000
N.Y. Giants711500100000
N.Y. Jets60000000000
Philadelphia700000230011
Pittsburgh50000000000
San Francisco60000000000
Seattle50000000000
Tampa Bay60000000000
Tennessee50000000000
Washington6115010115010
Totals9281204448120444
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