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

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona1623011100000
Atlanta1600100345012
Baltimore18115001224002
Buffalo190000000100
Carolina1600000115001
Chicago1723000200000
Cincinnati1600100230111
Cleveland1834201200000
Dallas1623002000000
Denver160000000000
Detroit1600000345021
Green Bay18345012218011
Houston1611501000000
Indianapolis17230111115010
Jacksonville16460022227020
Kansas City1811501000000
Las Vegas16216111115010
LA Rams1811500100100
LA Chargers1600100331112
Miami1600000115001
Minnesota16339021115110
New England1619010230020
New Orleans180000017010
N.Y. Giants1622401100000
N.Y. Jets160000000000
Philadelphia1600000230011
Pittsburgh1700000230002
San Francisco1600000230011
Seattle170000000000
Tampa Bay19210002218111
Tennessee170000000000
Washington17230011115010
Totals26834455616183445561816